Our People

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

Tui EdwardsPGDip PH, MPH (1st Class Hons)

Service Manager

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 service that is needed in our community.

Piri McConnell – Certified Bookkeeper

Coordinator/Financial Mentor (Qualified Financial Mentor/Total Money Management)

I began my journey with Financial Mentoring Service in July 2020, and I love it. My background has been in Financial Planning and Bookkeeping with preparation of Financial Statements, tax returns, accounts payable and receivable, GST, PAYE and so on – my working life has been filled with sums and figures.

My role as Coordinator and Financial Mentor leaves me feeling fulfilled. I really enjoy meeting and empowering people to achieve their goals. I’ve never worked in a Community Service before, and It has opened my eyes to what a wonderful place we live in, surrounded by other Services with so much to give.

I enjoy keeping fit and like to encourage others to do the same! See you in the sunshine.

Pane van Kampen

Iwi: Whakatohea, Ngai Tai, Ngati Awa

Financial Mentor (Qualified Financial Mentor/Total Money Management)

Mary Hermanson – PGDMS(Waikato) NCB 

Financial Mentor (Qualified Financial Mentor)

I have been working as a financial mentor since 2017 and am enjoying being part of the friendly team at the Financial Mentoring 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.

Theo Duyvestyn 

Financial Mentor (Qualified Financial Mentor)

Cynthia Luca

Reception/Administration Officer

I began my role as Receptionist and Administration Officer, at Financial Mentoring Service, in July 2020.  My background has been in teaching, and more recently in administration and accounts.  

My role here is usually the first point of contact for our clients, either via phone or in person.  Networking with people and building relationships is super important to me, so meeting and greeting new and repeat clients alike is very rewarding.    We have a great team of friendly, supportive, skilled and qualified financial mentors.

I feel very fortunate to live in this beautiful, sunny little town of ours that offers our community so much.  I am proud of the many different community services we have in Whakatane, all working together to support those in need.


Chairman  –  Brent Day

Treasurer – Dr Victor Luca

Secretary  –  Dr Victor Luca

Deputy Chairperson: Bonnie Cherrington

Member – James Edwards

Maori Representative – Bonnie Cherrington

Kaumatua – Horowai Moeke