Brian Dingle


Brian Dingle is the current Chairman of Te Kauwhata Retirement Trust Board and has been a Board member for the past thirteen years, of which the last ten has been in the role of the Vice Chairman. He is married to Pauline, a registered nurse.

Having been brought up in Waerenga and by living and farming in the area of Pukekawa for 40 years Brian brings great knowledge and expertise of rural communities to the Board. He not only is a dry stock farmer but spends time in his Kiwi Fruit Orchard.

Brian openly talks about his enjoyment of being actively involved in his community and has over the years held positions on many committees including Schools, the Te Kauwhata Rugby Club and the Waikare Golf club. Brian has also found time to manage and coach various Rugby Teams and Rowing Crews.

It is his genuine, caring interest in aged care and the elderly that sees him strive for a delivery of care that is based on dignity and ongoing respect. Brain is often seen around the village talking to and listening to their stories. It is this interest that Brian helps guide and support the Trust to offer the type of care that our elderly deserve.


John CunninghamNeil Bateup

Vice Chair


Neil Bateup

Board Member

Neil Bateup has been a dedicated member of the Trust Board for 32 years.

He lives in Te Hoe with wife Eileen and has 4 married children and 6 treasured grandchildren.

Neil is a passionate farmer and, along with Eileen and good staff, farms 240 hectares milking 700 Jersey cows, milking them Once a Day all year round. Neil and Eileen also have interests in a farming company in Chile where Neil has been active in the production committee and visits there yearly to support this interest, to offer valuable guidance and to share his expertise.

Neil is also currently the Chairman of the Waikato Hauraki/Coromandel Rural Support Trust and the Parish Council and Property & Finance committee of Trinity Church, Huntly.

Neil has been a member of the Waikato executive of Federated Farmers Dairy Section, Chairman of the Te Hoe School Committee and the Huntly College Board of Trustees, a Fonterra Shareholder Councillor and a Livestock Improvement Shareholder Councillor.

It is with this commitment and knowledge that the Te Kauwhata Retirement Trust Board and our local communities receive excellent guidance and support.

Neil,despite of all of this, has still managed to enjoy some of the simple pleasures ,even though time is limited, to play a little golf, take time out at the beach and being out in the boat catching or attempting to catch a fish.


Brya Castles

Board Member

Brya Castles is a registered nurse and work at a medical centre in Huntly. She also worked as a midwife at the Huntly Maternity Hospital.

Byra is married to Phil, with three grown boys who all have shifted out of home, She live in Te Kauwhata having farmed in the Mangapiko Valley for most of her married life.

Brya has been involved in committees, including the branch of our local Plunket, Huntly & Districts Business and Professional Women, and The Lower Waikato Toastmasters


Ben Hitchcock

Board Member 

Ben is a Veterinarian who has worked and lived in Te Kauwhata for the past 27 years.  Ben spent 10 years on the Board of Trustees at the local Te Kauwhata primary school. 


Ben and his wife Brenda have two daughters who are both currently working and attending University in the south island.  Spare time is spent at the beach bach fishing and on the mountains skiing in the winter.



Michelle Waters

Board Member

Michelle is married to Tim and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Married to Tim, 2 adult children, 3 grandchildren. Michelle is the Director and owner of Dairy Grazing Farm in Waerenga and Andulie enterprises (Rental Homes). Michelle is a retired Registered Comprehensive nurse. Michelle volunteers at the Aparangi House of Treasures and is on the committee. 


Debbie Sim

Board Member


Tim Searle

Board Member


Glen Beal

Board Member