Meet Our Team
Mere Jouanides – Coordinator/Kairuruku
Mere became involved with the hub in 2014. She was a regular volunteer helping to establish the community gardens and also spent time as the treasurer.
“Making a difference and helping the families and people of our community, getting back to the days of yesteryear, where it was intrinsic for us to help one another .”
In 2017 Mere was employed as the hub coordinator. Her role is 20 hours per week and she is responsible for organising events, coordinating the volunteers, applying for funding, working with service providers and the financial management of the hub.
Mere is Cook Island descent and was born in Dunedin. Her and husband Paul have been married for 16 years and have three children and two grandchildren. She home schooled her two eldest children and is currently studying for a Social Services Degree at Otago Polytechnic.
Mama Taana – Chairperson
Mama knows how hard things can be for families struggling to make ends meet. She has experienced it first-hand growing up and as a mother raising her own family..
Mama has been involved with the hub since 2015 along-side her younger sisters Moana and Mere. After organising a fundraising event for her young nephew in 2016 she soon found herself nominated to the position of Chair of the community hub committee. She is also the President of the Corstorphine Community Hall.
Mama works part-time for Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora as a Cancer Pathway Kaiarahi and also supports Syrian immigrant families settling in Dunedin.
“Here at the hub I’m just the person behind the scenes. For me it’s about everyone feeling like part of the family and getting the community involved.”
Moana Taana – Outdoor Supervisor
Moana has been involved with the hub since 2013. She helped set up the community gardens at the Lockerbie Street site and has been a passionate volunteer ever since.
“Once you come through the doors you’re family. The gardens are a great way to bring the community together.”
With the hub having recently relocated to Corstorphine Community Hall, Moana is now focused on setting up a new garden, which at the old site consisted of 15 raised beds, two tunnel houses, fruit trees and a shed. The local Bunnings store has been very supportive and once fences have been built, work will get underway to set up the new raised garden beds.