The members bring extensive experience to lead the TRC with strong contacts within the Tāmaki community and iwi, and business skills, with deep knowledge of urban development.

The team of staff at TRC will work in partnership with local residents and businesses, mana whenua, local and central government agencies, local service providers and the private sector to provide a platform for successful regeneration of Tāmaki. This will involve working with the right people and resources to plan, fund and deliver a programme of regeneration initiatives.

Tāmaki regeneration

Created out of a community desire to build a better future, the Tāmaki regeneration area includes the Auckland suburbs of Glen Innes, Pt England and Panmure.


Regeneration explained

Regeneration aims to provide and build on the things people and communities need in their lives to be well, to prosper and to grow.

What is regeneration?

Regeneration aims to provide and build on the things people and communities need in their lives to be well, to prosper and to grow.

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What does it mean for the community?

Tāmaki is a strong and welcoming community, where people thrive and prosper, celebrated for its distinct history and vibrant future.

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What are the proposed outcomes?

Regeneration is an all-embracing approach based on 3 main themes: the physical, cultural and spiritual regeneration of Tāmaki.

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Who's involved?

Tāmaki regeneration was originally created out of a community desire to build a better future and preserve Tāmaki's community for future generations.

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The team at TRC

TRC members of staff have strong track records, are highly skilled in their areas of expertise, and are passionate about Tāmaki and its communities. TRC like to be able to recruit people who are local or connected in some way to the area where possible.

If you are interested in working with a team who are passionate about Tāmaki and its potential, contact us here or keep an eye out for job opportunities here.

Our senior leadership team

Debra Lawson, Chief Executive

Debra has worked at the leading edge of public-private partnership initiatives, delivering large-scale and complex urban regeneration programmes within the diverse communities of South London.  Immediately prior to TRC, she was the CEO of the Queenstown District Council.

Peter Fa'afiu, GM Communications/Stakeholder Engagement

Peter grew up in Tāmaki and still has strong family ties to the area (Fa’afiu, Leafa and Setefano families).  He was previously a legal advisor, diplomat, trade negotiator and lobbyist.  Peter’s current governance  experience covers human rights (Amnesty International NZ); media (NZ Press Council); and education
(First Foundation Trust).

Shelley Katae, Chief Financial Officer

Shelley has a wealth of strategic financial expertise and brings a sharp commercial perspective to the team.  She joins TRC from Tourism Holdings Ltd and has held a number of roles where she has been responsible for the financial performance of subsidiary companies including Waitomo Group and
Kiwi Experience.  Shelley lives in Panmure.  


Our board of directors

Chair - Brian Donnelly

Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Panel on Housing Reforms, Executive Director of the New Zealand Housing Foundation and a member of the Housing Shareholders Advisory Group.

Deputy Chair - Dr Susan Macken

Has extensive governance and senior management experience in business including the Bank of New Zealand and Southern Cross Healthcare. 

Martin Udale

Martin has extensive experience in land and property development, most recently as CEO of McConnell Properties and has a leading understanding of development economics, urban planning and design.

Anne Candy QSO

Appointed as Auckland Council’s sole discretionary director. President, Tāmaki Makaurau Regional Council, 2011-2012. Deputy Mayor Manukau City Council from 1998-2007, the first and only Māori woman to hold this prestigious position.

Eru Lyndon

Northern Regional Commissioner for the Ministry of Social Development.  He has strong links with Ngati Whatua o Orakei where he was previously its Manager of Policy and Development and is a barrister and solicitor to the High Court.

Soana Pamaka

Principal of Tāmaki College and provides a strong link to the Tāmaki community in which she both lives and works. Active in a number of community initiatives.

John Sax

Appointed as the Crown’s sole discretionary director. Mr Sax is the founder of the Southpark Group of Companies, which has led the redevelopment of much of the former “smoke stack industries” within Auckland. He is the founder and Chairman of the For the Sake of Our Children Trust and works with numerous community and social action initiatives.