Robert has an extensive background in community organisations. While a Corso organiser in the early seventies, he travelled throughout the world with focus on South East Asia; was involved in training by the United Nations in India and worked in supporting refugee programmes in the war in Vietnam and India/Bangladesh. From an active involvement in supporting indigenous struggles in Third World countries, Robert co-founded Project Waitangi in Christchurch and was a former Director of Community Services at Presbyterian Support Services.
In 1992 Robert travelled on a Churchill Fellowship Study Tour visiting anti-racism and Native American projects in sixteen North American and European cities and in 1994 he attended the 'Native Title (Mabo)' Conference in Australia. At the invitation of a Canadian group in 1996, Robert visited five cities in Canada to begin a process of supporting Canadian people in setting up a similar workshop system. This also resulted in his return to Canada in 1997 to deliver a key note address to the Aboriginal Education Conference in Victoria, British Columbia and to lead training for trainers workshops in four Canadian cities. In 2010 Robert was invited by the Committee for Perth to introduce and lead a ‘Healing Our History’ workshop in Western Australia.
Robert has trained extensively in group work including psychodrama, socio drama and accelerated learning techniques. He has undertaken a variety of study including history, specialising in the Treaty of Waitangi. Robert is a published author and is engaged in ongoing writing. Robert has extensive networking/accountability connections in the Pakeha and Māori community and for the last seven years has been a member of Te Runaka ki Otautahi o Kai Tahu.
Trish has a background of office administration and management for over thirty years in both the government sector and community organisations. Trish is a trained social worker and counsellor who maintained her own counselling practice until 1993 when she became full-time for Waitangi Associates.
Trish manages the business, including bookings for workshops, preparation of resources, forward planning, financial management, all record keeping, travel bookings, maintaining contact with client groups and a myriad of details involved in maintaining a viable business.