Staff and Committees

Glenda Stokes - Executive Officer


Combining her professional skills with a passion for community development has led to the perfect role for Glenda Stokes.

Glenda has a background in sales leadership, including seven years as advertising manager at The Gisborne Herald.

She is also passionate about giving back to her community and is involved with Hospice Tairawhiti, both on the board and in a voluntary capacity.

The mother-of-three, and new grandmother, is a person who needs to believe in what she is doing.

Glenda’s professional and voluntary work to date has helped her to build strong local networks, as well as a comprehensive understanding of how the community works and some of the challenges it faces. She is excited by community project work and can always be relied on for her energy and enthusiasm.

Glenda moved to Gisborne in 2005 and said it was like coming home. She spent the first year or so of her life living at Hick’s Bay and enjoys the sense of belonging and ownership that a close-knit community offers.

She is confident that Sunrise will make a significant difference to the people of Tairāwhiti-Gisborne and particularly likes the concept of “giving that lasts forever”.

Click here to email Glenda or call her on 027 529 5474.

Janine McDiarmid - Marketing & Comms





Janine has a background in education, working almost 20 years as a primary school teacher, with much of that being part-time while she raised three children.

Janine enjoys being creative, balancing being a part-time artist with other work and motherhood. Janine sells the artwork she makes through a self-designed website and various shops or galleries.

Janine grew up in Matamata, moving to Gisborne in 2001 after several years abroad working and travelling.

Janine feels honoured to work for Sunrise and be able to play a small part in helping charitable organisations and groups within Tairāwhiti.

Click here to email Janine or call her on 027 753 9301

Lynda Blackburne - Administration





Lynda was born and raised on a farm at Matawhero, Gisborne. Along with her husband James, who is a Director at Architects 44, she is currently renovating a historic homestead and garden beside the Waimata River.

Lynda previously worked in the office at Ilminster Intermediate and brings with her an attention to detail and excellent organisational skills.

Lynda is the mother of two university age children, and enjoys waka ama and gardening in her spare time.

Lynda loves the kaupapa of Sunrise and the positive impact we are having in our community.

Click here to email Lynda or call her on 0274 752 710.

Sunrise Grants Committee

Grants comm Mar24

The Sunrise Grants Committee comprises of Sunrise Trustees  Richard Briant CA - Chair (inset), Leslynne Jackson (far left) and Whaimutu Dewes (inset), and volunteer secondees Stephen Thomson, Natasha Ashworth and Kimiora Biddle (insert bottom).

Sunrise Investments Committee

Finance cmmittee

The Sunrise Investments Committee comprises Sunrise trustees Richard Briant (Chair), Alice PettigrewDavid Clark, Joe Martin (inset top left), Mike Torrie (inset bottom left), and volunteer secondee Greg Daulton (inset middle).



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