Our Staff

Meet our staff at Transform Aotearoa!

Chief Executive Officer - Howard Goold

Howard Goold was born of missionary parents in India, and has lived in NZ since 1959, where dairy farming was his initial career. After working with Youth With a Mission ( North Africa) in Spain for six and a half years, he moved to Putaruru, South Waikato, with his wife Jill, and were pastors at the Putaruru Gospel Chapel for ten years.

Retiring in 2014, Jill and Howard with daughter Valerie, moved to Pokeno and he was a volunteer chaplain at Springhill for three years before resigning and has taken on the duties of CEO of Transform Aotearoa, based in Putaruru, amongst his old community again.

Howard is excited about programmes being run that help people to see a whole new purpose for their lives compared with where they have come from.

Putaruru Community Development Manager: Kim Jepsen

Kim is originally from Queensland Australia but has kiwi roots in the Waikato with a mother born and raised in that district. She came to New Zealand 24 years ago with plans to return two years later, but fell in love and married a kiwi gentleman instead. They have been married for 22 years and are raising four lovely children. Kim is an early childhood teacher by trade. Together with her husband they pastored a church in Taupo for 9.5 years. Kim previously worked for  Literacy Aotearoa where she wrote and implemented a 20 week Cooking on Shoestring program which she is hoping to publish in the future. Kim is fueled with a passion to use her many talents and abilities to help others make positive lifelong changes in their own lives. Kim has managed Transform Aotearoa’s Putaruru Centre since mid 2017.

Putaruru Community Liaison: Lamen Hohaia

Lamen was born and raised in Putaruru in the mighty South Waikato and he's a staunch Chiefs rugby supporter. Lamen has had a successful career in the department of Corrections for 28 years and was heavily utilised by Police as a liaison for work with gangs. An elder in his church for 10 years and strongly involved in men's ministry work, Lamen has also been involved with Canterbury Maori and New Zealand Maori rugby for 25 years. Now, Lamen's passion is in turning the tide, which sees so many young men end up in prison and broken families left behind. Wh​ānau restoration and community transformation is his core business.

Chief Financial Officer: Debbie Trolove

Originally from Dunedin, Debbie brings a background in accounting, reporting and business management, and has previously worked at Deloitte and ANZ. Along with her professional expertise, she also brings experience in a range of community work both in NZ and overseas, and she has worked in Cambodia, with an international NGO that works with local Cambodians in poor communities. Debbie is passionate about seeing people grow, develop and flourish, and transitioning to become active members of vibrant and healthy, self-supporting communities. Debbie managed Transform Aotearoa’s Putaruru Community Centre for a year and is now responsible for managing the Trusts Finance and Funding, to support on-going development of Transform Aotearoa.

Putaruru Community Liaison: Belena Hohaia

Belena, originally from Christchurch, has worked in the hospitality industry in a family-owned and managed business for 16 years. She loves to serve people and loves being around whãnau. Belena is a kiwi gal with that true blue pioneering spirit - she has worked a s a landscape gardener, hair dresser, nail technician, painter, artist and she also helped build her own house! Married to Lamen, she has four adult children and seven grandchildren. Belena recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of travelling around the Carribean nation on a cruise boat, she lives by the saying that "Life is an adventure that's meant to be lived" Belena has an Advanced Certificate in Christian Leadership from the Every Nation Leadership Institute and now works as the Women's Community Liason in Putaruru and absolutely loves what she does - to her it's more than just a job.

Our Transform Aotearoa Board

  •  CEO - Howard Goold
  • Chair - Ross Bay 

Board Members:

  • Marilyn Baldwin
  • Ryan Donovan
  • Kent Crawford