Our People

Our friendly team  are here to help get you on the right track

Tui Edwards
PGDip PH, MPH (1st Class Hons)

Service Manager

Iwi: Whakatohea, Ngai Tai, Ngati Awa

I commenced with Budget Advisory Service June 2018. I am very excited about this role, working with some very experienced and dynamic Financial Mentors. Over the past 30 years I have worked for Government, Non Government Organisations and Iwi Providers. I have worked in many different roles, managed and helped organise and implement some awesome community projects. I look forward to utilising my skills to help the team to deliver a services that is needed in our community.

Janie Waldon
Iwi: Ngai Tuhoe
Coordinator/Financial Mentor

Certificated Budget Advisor , Certificated Total Money Management and Certified to Supervise Financial Mentors

It has been over 27 years since I joined the Budget Advisory Service and watched it grow from a “Cottage Industry” to the present professional service in which major changes were implemented by the Ministry of Social Development in November 2016. During those years I have been a chairperson, budget adviser, secretary/treasurer, Rotorua/BOP District Representative & tutor for the NZ Federation of Family Budgeting Services, which was wound up in July 2016. I have been very fortunate to have had talented and supportive colleagues working with me in the past and today. By sharing my knowledge with people facing financial problems I am giving them a “Hand-up” and now and then I meet these people who have succeeded in their endeavours to live within their income.

Susan Anderson

B.Soc Sc. (Hons) (Psych) – B.Ed. – Qualified Financial Mentor

Certificate in Maori Land Trusts Administration

Total Money Management Manager

I grew up in TeTeko, went to school at Whakatane High School, then Waikato University, I have designed & delivered Return to Work & Work Ready course under contract to ACC; been a Literacy/Numeracy life skills tutor at Te Omeka Marae & introduced sebior students to Academic English at Te Kura Kaupapa O Te Ra Aroha. I came back to Whakatane (as you do!) and am thoroughly enjoying life here.

Mary Hermanson

PGDMS(Waikato) NCB

Qualified Financial Mentor

I have been working as a financial mentor since 2017 and am enjoying being part of the friendly team at the Whakatane Budget Advisory Service. I find community development work really rewarding having previously spent three and a half years with the Kawerau Healthy Homes project. I have also been involved for a number of years with business mentoring, Enterprise Training and the BIZ service. The information provided to clients by the budget service is excellent and so useful to people wanting to improve their circumstances.


Brian Newton – Chairperson

David Sparks – Deputy Chairperson

Siva Panadam – Treasurer

Kathleen Ross – Governance Committee Member

Betty Hudson – Governance Committee Member

Tony Boyton – Maori Representative