Our People

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

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


Iwi: Whakatohea, Ngai Tai, Ngati Awa

I commenced with the Financial Mentoring Service (Formerly Budget Advisory Service) in 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.

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.

Siva Panadam

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.


Chairman  –  Resigned – February 18, 2020

Vice Chairman  –  Resigned – February 17, 2020

Treasurer – Betty Hudson

Secretary  –  Resigned – February 18, 2020


Maori Representative – Tony Boynton –