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.

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. Grace

Board member

Toni Grace (née Litolff) was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1970.

Toni's immersion into the local community extends beyond her employment. Toni has been a member of the Te Kauwhata Community Committee since 2006 and currently holds the position of Deputy Chairperson. She has been the Session Leader for the Te Kauwhata mainly music group for pre-schoolers since 2008; and has been a member of the Te Kauwhata Retirement Trust Board since 2009.

As a mother, Toni is actively involved with her daughter's education at Te Kauwhata Primary School and the extra-curricular activities of swimming, ballet and squash that her daughter currently enjoys.

Toni is also an active member of the Te Kauwhata Squash Club, and the Te Kauwhata Patchwork & Quilting group. Toni also enjoys reading, watching sport, travel, wine & food, other crafts, listening to music and mountain biking … when time permits, that is!

Jan Dawson

Board Member

Jan has worked in the Te Kauwhata area with her husband for 27 years. Jan brings to the Board her clinical expertise having qualified as a Registered General and Obstetric Nurse at Middlemore Hospital.    Jan worked as a District Nurse for almost 15 years in the Te Kauwhata and Huntly area and for a short time worked at our Aparangi Care Unit part time. Jan also has experience as a Community Palliative Care nurse and as a Field Worker for the Motor Neurone Disease Association covering the Waikato region.

Jan   has brought not only this clinical expertise but her previous Board experience having served three years on the National Council-Motor Neurone Disease as well as numerous local community based Boards including the Te Kauwhata & Districts Information & Support Centre (DISC) and sporting organisations.

Jan openly shares her special interest in the care of the terminally ill and is known for her voluntary work in a hospice

Jan is passionate about the Te Kauwhata Community having raised her three children in the district.   She is also kept very busy assisting in the family owned contracting business.

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





Craig Periam

Board member

Craig is a chartered accountant who operates a chartered accountancy practice based in Pukekohe. The practice provides accountancy and taxation services to the small to medium sized enterprises market and not for profit organisations.

Craig obtained a Bachelor of Management Studies degree from Waikato University in 1984. His initial employment was in the electricity state sector based at the Huntly Power Station. During this time he was involved in the transition from "government department" to a "State Owned Enterprise" which had a more commercial focus. The move to the chartered accountancy profession occurred in the mid 1990's.

Craig has lived in the Te Kauwhata district since he was 6 years old and therefore has a good knowledge of the life and values of this community. This experience includes witnessing the dream, the fund raising and development of the Aparangi village to what it is today.


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Jackie Long

General Manager

Jackie joined the Trust as the General Manager back in March 2013 but has come to us with over 26 years nursing and Management experience

Having worked originally for the NHS back in Scotland in various senior roles Jackie arrived in NZ intending to stay for a year, this was 15 years ago.

She has worked across the health and social service sectors for the DHB, for the Profit and the Not for Profit sector. Jackie has also been on various Boards here in NZ and Australia and hopes this knowledge adds to the overall functioning of the Trust

Jackie brings with her passion and commitment to the aged care sector and for ensuring that all care is person and family centric, is based on a positive regard for all individuals and

Is continually looking at ways to improve, generate new ways of working and is at all times mindful of everyone that comes to Aparangi Village.

It is with enthusiasm and energy she hoped that together that she and the staff continually strive to meet the ever-changing needs of our residents and their families/whanau.