The Prince's Trust Team

Rod Baxter

CEO 

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Young people possess the ability to solve the world’s greatest problems, and my role is to ensure we hear what they’ve got to say. Our challenge is to do something about it.

Most of my career in youth work has explored creative facilitation with groups, weaving together relationships. We’re weaving a whāriki for and with young people, our team, our Board, strategic partners and the global network we’re thrilled to be part of.

I’m a whānau-focused people-person who loves getting lost in long conversations. My not-so-secret hobby is collecting comic books, and I’m forever hunting for old X-Men issues. 

Rachel Hawthorne

YOUTH PROGRAMMES MANAGER

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I love bringing my 25 years’ experience as an educator in schools to my role with PTANZ, designing and delivering engaging programmes for rangatahi in communities across the motu. 

It’s always humbling seeing young people voice their aspirations, lean into their strengths and interests, and dream about the kind of future they want for themselves and their whānau. I am constantly inspired and grateful to walk alongside them as they grow in capability, contribute positively, and gain success.  

Outside of my mahi with the Prince’s Trust you’ll find me acting as a home funeral guide in the community; whipping up delicious salads for pot-luck dinners; tramping with my whānau; or dancing in the dark with my friends!

Bridget Galvin

ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER 

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Exploring and sharing positive and inspiring stories of taiohi, organising events, and co-ordinating fundraising for PTANZ means my mahi is intertwined and totally rewarding.

I am someone who puts young people, and their wellbeing, at the centre, and I am grateful for the commitment and support of our donors and partners; they too value the mārohirohi of taiohi as central to healthy and sustainable communities.

I am a creative and active person who loves the outdoors, whānau and friends. I find inspiration from the beauty of our motu; its rivers, maunga and moana.

Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland is my current taiwhenua.

Ka moemoeaa ahau ko ahau anake; ka moemoeaa taatou ka taea e taatou.

Maxine Graham

KAIĀRAHI TŪHONOHONO I COLLABORATION NAVIGATOR

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No Waikato te iwi, Ko Ngati Mahuta te hapuu
Kei te taha Hauraki whenua, Ko Ngati Whaanaunga, Ngati Paoa ngaa hapuu 

Authentic connections to people and place by honouring the mana that exists in all that surrounds us whilst understanding the connectedness of ourselves and our environment.

Being a part of the Prince’s Trust Aotearoa New Zealand enables me to connect with my one of my passions; enabling resource to rangatahi to build the world we want our mokopuna to inherit.

Harry Finnigan

ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN  

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I’m a 21-year-old university student lucky enough to be helping trial an inaugural 12-week-internship that focuses on communications and engagements. 

I’m mainly involved in social media communications, as well as working alongside Bridget Galvin for the co-ordination of fundraising, organisation of events and sharing of inspiring stories.

I thoroughly enjoy working to better the opportunities for young New Zealanders. The Prince’s Trust is a truly inspiring place to work, and every day I am motivated to provide my utmost effort to help young people see their dreams come true.

As a young person myself, I bring a unique lens to the mission of The Prince’s Trust that allows for effective and relatable communication that supports, inspires, and contributes to helping young entrepreneurs reach their potential.

I am someone who is into sport, of any kind, as well as a love for music and relaxed time with friends and whānau. I am incredibly easy going and am excited to pave the way for the next person who will be involved in this internship.

Emmalene Stone

HE KĀKANO / FINANCE CO-ORDINATOR

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I'm so excited to be embarking on this new journey with PTANZ as part of He Kākano funding rollout.

As an accountant, very rarely do I get the opportunity to carry out mahi with such meaning and purpose. I am truly humbled to be able to support the implementation of He Kākano and look forward to seeing how this programme directly supports and enables taiohi to take the next step in fulfilling their goals and dreams.

Outside of work you will find me playing dance mom, netball coach and school helper to my five-year-old daughter, she is full of life and there is never a dull moment with her around. Our weekends are mostly spent with our big immediate whānau or at one of our happy places; Muriwai, Orewa or tramping through the Waitakere ranges chasing waterfalls.