21 September 2021

Kia ora Te Whānau Tupu Ngātahi o Aotearoa,

It is with great pleasure that the Playcentre Aotearoa Trustee Board advise the appointment of our Chief Executive David Moger. David is based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington and will start with us on 1/11/2021. We are very excited to have David join our organisation as he brings a wealth of experience, skills and knowledge with him. As David is still employed by another organisation, we request that no contact is made with David until after his official start date. David has provided the message below to everyone.  

The Board recognises that the last year and half have been challenging for the organisation. A big factor in this has been our operational restructure which started at the end of 2019 and was significantly impacted by the pandemic and multiple subsequent flow on issues. The amalgamation of 31 very separate and different associations and a national office into one entity of Playcentre Aotearoa has been, and continues to be, a very complex and slow journey. However, with David Moger joining us as our operational leader and Kotahitanga (coming together in unity) being our focus of this year’s Huringa Pūngao strand we are confident our waka is facing in the right direction.

Ngā mihi nui,

Michelle Hutton, Avis Stewart, Ranee Davies, Char Martin and Tiso Ross.
Te Whānau Tupu Ngātahi Aotearoa – Playcentre Aotearoa Trustee Board

Kia ora everyone,

I wanted to let you all know how honoured and thankful I am to be joining the Playcentre Aotearoa whānau. As a son, brother, husband and father, family has always been so important to me and I am very excited to be able to play a part supporting families across New Zealand through the great work that Playcentre does.

I am so impressed by the courage and bravery that Playcentre has shown in moving down the amalgamation pathway that many other similar organisations have talked about but never actually done. The opportunity this pathway presents is huge and I am looking forward to working with everyone to realise the full potential that being one organisation brings.

I fully believe in the proverb “He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata” and look forward to meeting and working alongside you all as soon as I can, once I start on the 1st November.

Noho ora mai,