Meriel Astrella, Trustee

Meriel has lived in Hamilton since she emigrated from Canada to New Zealand 23 years ago. She quickly grew to love her adopted country. She has a son (16) and a daughter (10) and is a very keen gardener and beekeeper.

Monarchs, in particular, have always fascinated her. She is also a self-confessed tree-hugger and collector of crystals as well.

For over six years she has been working as the Finance Officer for Vardon Primary School. Prior to that she was the corporate financial administrator for the Philips Search and Rescue Trust for six years. They own and operate the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter and four others in the central North Island. This fostered her interest in the not-for-profit sector.

Other trustee experience include

  • the Board of The Rauhi Project (previously Sistema Waikato) a musical charity for children from lower socio-economic circumstances,
  • Glenview Primary School Board of Trustees for six years, and
  • the Stewardship Group for the Te Kaahui Ako o Mangakotukutuku (Melville Community of Learning) for over two years.

Meriel enjoys the experience of being a Board member and is excited to continue to expand her experience and learning. Her strong financial knowledge will be useful to the Board. She looks forward to being part of the positive environmental work for our precious pollinators.