Analiese Robertson

Te Tumuaki/Director of ACE Aotearoa
Analiese is a New Zealand born Cook Islander with an extensive background in adult literacy, community development and education.  Qualified in adult learning, not-for-profit management and governance, Analiese has contributed to the development of ACE policy and strategies in tertiary education, providing a voice for the sector both nationally and internationally. She is also actively involved with a number of community organisations with a focus on capability building, infrastructure support, change leadership and succession planning. This year Analiese is continuing to learn Cook Island Dance.


Tai Samaeli

ACE Sector Capability Manager
Tai is well known to the ACE Sector. Tai has been a part of the ACE Aotearoa team for more than 10 years. His work experience in education (both in governance and operational positions) extends over 20 years – and covers early childhood, primary and tertiary education. He has demonstrated experience as a trainer in the ACE sector – with a proven ability to influence and motivate others. Tai has a passion for performing arts, social media and communications.


Vivienne Reti

Office Administrator / Ngātiwai
Vivienne comes from the small Northland town of Whangaruru and has worked in administration for eight years mostly in Auckland. She has also worked in sales and hospitality. Her first involvement with the ACE sector was in 2015 when she supported the team at the Hui Fono. She now runs the busy ACE Aotearoa office and supports the wide range of events that make up the ACE calendar. This year Viv is continuing to learn te reo.


Adele and Kenzo

Kenzo has more than 10 years experience in business, financial support and accounting. She has a Business degree with a double major in Accounting and Finance. Previous roles have been with Quotable Value, Vehicle Testing New Zealand, Public Trust and other private companies. Kenzo joined Ace Aotearoa in late 2019 and is working with Adele in the finance team.

Adele has worked in banking, the public service, large multinationals, and medium and small New Zealand companies. Over the last 10 years she has specialized in accounting and auditing for small not for profit organisations. Adele has a NZCC (Public Administration) and is a qualified accountant. Both of these qualifications were earned whilst working full time and have given her a strong belief in practical, post -school, lifelong learning. In order to maintain her professional status, Adele is continuing her learning journey.


Jo Lynch

Editor ACE Aotearoa quarterly Newsletter
Jo has worked as a contractor specialising in community development, social policy, programme evaluation and writing in both New Zealand and overseas. She began her career in television current affairs. She was associated with adult and community education in the late 1970s and developed a strong human rights approach to learning access. Many of her consultancy contracts have focused on the interface between community organisations and government policy. As the newsletter editor she remains inspired by the ability of not for profit organisations to make change happen in their communities.


Mary Gavigan

Communications Advisor, Conference and Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga Project Manager
Mary has over twenty years experience in secondary education, in roles which include Assistant Principal, HOD English, full time Teacher Librarian and classroom teacher. She also has an extensive background in print production, media/communications and event management in the arts, education and the community and voluntary sector. She has recently completed a Masters in Literacy Education and works part time at Marsden Collegiate running the Arrowsmith Programme for students with learning difficulties. This year Mary is learning about composting and increasing her guitar repertoire.