KCFT Board of Trustees

The Kaipatiki Community Facilities Trust (KCFT) is greatly assisted by the support of an experienced and diverse Board of Trustees.

Peter Burn


I have been passionate about the benefits of being involved in ones community for many years . It gives residents a sense of belonging which is so important in the complex and diverse world we all live in these days.

I have been a city councillor,community board chair and involved with several other organisations in the Kaipatiki Local Board area.

I have had a long experience with the trust and have the privilege of being chair since 2012,seeing the positive results  that our dedicated staff have achieved in enhancing community awareness over this time.


Jeremy Brabant

Deputy Chairperson

Jeremy is a barrister, who has specialised in resource management and environmental law for the last 17 years. In addition Jeremy has appeared in a large number of Court assisted mediations and Council Hearings, and is regularly instructed at the design and planning stage of development projects to provide strategic advice.

Originally from South Auckland, he lives in Birkenhead with his wife and three children.

Jeremy was appointed as a Trustee by Auckland Council in 2017, for a 3-year term, subsequently renewed in 2020.


Cate Thorn

Cate was raised on the North Shore and has lived and worked in the wider Auckland area most of her life.

She connected with Jill and the KCFT when work located her to Northcote in 2008, and became involved with Onepoto School and its supporting community.

Having participated in a way of working in community that reveals the transforming power and capacity of an engaged and committed community, Cate now brings such a model to the community engaging role she has in the city.


Emma Poyner

Emma was raised in Glenfield and now lives in Beach Haven with her husband, 2 children and a cat called Skinny.

She is the co owner of an IT consulting firm  which currently has 14 staff throughout New Zealand. A lawyer by trade, Emma has held a  mix of law firm and in house legal roles over the last 20 years, practising mostly in employment law , business compliance and commercial contract review.

Her governance journey began in 2009 and since then she has held several governance roles including in the performing arts, community development, youth, and non commercial radio and media.

She is a firm believer that small wonderful things have a bigger ripple community effect. Emma became a KCFT trustee in 2018.


Suzy Cato

As a local business owner and mother of two, Suzy, is passionate about the hapori - community she lives, works and plays in.

She’s proud of the work that the KCFT has done to date and acknowledges all the mahi done by the KCFT whanau continues to do, every day, within our hapori; especially for children, youth and our elderly.

Suzy appreciates the wealth of diversity within Kaipatiki and is very happy to support the KCFT in its endeavours to work for and with the community, to ensure Kaipatiki is a safe, vibrant and thriving area.



Judith Manoa

Judith Manoa has a legal background, having practised for over 15 years as in-house legal counsel for large employers in the public sector.

Her areas of expertise are in employment, information privacy, public law and brings a risk management focus to the board. Judith is passionate about community and youth engagement and is fluent in both Samoan and English.

She values an inclusive community, diversity of thought and is currently in a leadership role working for a large charitable organisation.