Our Co-Designers

Generations is a co-designed project. Our group of 12 co-designers play a critical design and decision making role. The solutions will be developed and refined by the co-design group comprised of older people, stakeholders, technical experts and external provocateurs. The group will generate ideas, make decisions, and guide Generations through every stage. 


Anne-Marie Coury is the President of Auckland Greypower and a member of the Puketāpapa Local Board. She is an advocate for seniors’ wellbeing, with a background in public sector policy, health and education. Anne-Marie is commited to making communities more liveable and inclusive for people of all ages and backgrounds and protecting our environment.

Anne-Marie Coury is the President of Auckland Greypower and a member of the Puketāpapa Local Board. She is an advocate for seniors’ wellbeing, with a background in public sector policy, health and education. Anne-Marie is committed to making communities more liveable and inclusive for people of all ages and backgrounds and protecting our environment.


Claire Conza is a former fashion designer, communications agency co-founder and mother who founded social enterprise Make Give Live after burnout forced her to stop allowed her to really think about what she was doing with her life and why. Make Give Live’s purpose is to ease isolation and improve mental health and wellbeing by bringing volunteers together to make hand-crafted knitwear to give warmth and support to those in need. For every handmade beanie sold, another is given to an elderly or homeless person.


Matafanua Hilda Fa’asalele is Chief Advisor Pacific Health, Ministry of Health. Hilda is primarily responsible for leading and contributing to Pacific health policy, strategy and supporting the development and capability of Pacific Health Providers and Pacific Workforce development across the Ministry and health sector. She has over 30 years of experience in nursing, well child health, health auditing, evaluation and tertiary education. Prior to the role in the Ministry, she was the General Manager for Pacific Health at Auckland DHB.


Karan Kalsi has recently completed his studies at Lynfield College, where he was a senior prefect. He’s a member of the innovate change advisory board, and has been involved in a number of leadership positions including David Cunliffe’s Youth  Parliamentarian, the Whau Youth Board Treasurer, and Lynfield College Board of Trustees. Karan is passionate about fighting against social and economic inequality in all its forms. He plans to study law in 2018 and hopefully gain a career within the spheres of politics and diplomacy.


Kevin Lamb, is the CEO of Age Concern Auckland. He has a long-career history within the not-for-profit sector both in the UK and here in New Zealand, having had senior roles in organisation’s as diverse as Plunket, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the National Botanic Gardens of Wales.


Jean Davis nee Peters (Ngāti Hine). Born in 1944 the fifth of 15 children, Jean started her days in Panmure. She attended Tamaki Primary, Tamaki Intermediate and then Tamaki College, then moved to Wellington where she worked for NZ Rail for many years. Her love for travel took her tomany parts of the world, particularly the USA. She’s had much experience in caring for older people over the years in both a personal and professional capacity. She is a mother of one and grandmother of two wonderful grandchildren, and lives with her whānau in Orakei.


Dr Juliet Batten is a mentor and creativity coach, and author and ritual-maker. She studied Anthropology, Psychology, French, Italian, Art History and English at Auckland University, graduating with a BA, MA and then a PhD in English. After some years of university teaching, she became a full-time artist for a decade, before graduating as a counsellor and psychotherapist. Juliet has published nine books and is the author of Spirited Ageing: cultivating the art of renewal, a book that provides guidance on ageing well.


Paula Boock is an acclaimed New Zealand novelist, screenwriter and filmmaker. She was first known for her young adult novels, including the NZ Post Children’s Book of the Year ‘Dare Truth or Promise’, New Zealand’s first lesbian novel for and about teenagers. Since her move to the screen she has made a number of films for television through her company Lippy Pictures. These brought to life lesser-known NZ stories such as ‘Tangiwai’, ‘Field Punishment No.1’ and most recently ‘Jean’, the story of aviator Jean Batten, which won in 12 categories at the 2017 NZTV awards.


Pita Turei (Ngai Tai ki Tamaki, Ngati Paoa, Nga Rauru Kiitahi). A creative collaborative practitioner, Pita comes from a background in Dance and Theatre, touring Nationally and Internationally with a Pacific focus. He became a stuntman in the emerging NZ film industry that started with Sleeping Dogs, branching into physical SFX before producing and directing a series of independent kaupapa Māori documentaries. Pita has become known as a story teller and orator connecting a new generation with the ancient histories of Tāmaki Makaurau.


Dr Ruth Busch migrated to New Zealand in 1982 from New York. She was an Associate Professor of Law at The University of Waikato for 25 years. An expert in Family Law, she wrote the report which formed the basis of the Domestic Violence Act 1995. She is a co-founder of the Hamilton Abuse Intervention Project, a domestic violence NGO which served as the pilot project for New Zealand. As a member of the Lesbian Elders Village, she is concerned that older lesbians are not driven back into the closet as they age.


Teena Abbey is a principal Policy Analyst, auckland Council . She has a long history in local and central government across the fields of health based social work, community development, community policy and planning, immigration and education. Teena is currently working on a project called Investing in Aucklanders, which aims to find out how Auckland could become a friendlier and more inclusive city where everyone belongs and can participate. This work will help us understand what inclusion means to people, and to identify the enablers as well as the barriers to inclusion.


Dr Valerie Wright-St Clair, Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Therapy, and Co-director of the AUT Centre for Active Ageing at AUT University. Her research and thesis supervision span studies in social gerontology, including the relationship between older people’s everyday lives and health, community inclusiveness and loneliness, quality outcomes in residential aged care, and older immigrants’ participation in communities; engaging cross culturally; values-based ethical reasoning; and occupational science.


Generations Project Team

Generations is powered by Innovation Unit


Aimee Hadrup has dedicated the last 10 years to improving community health and well-being through a variety of roles spanning the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health initiatives. Prior to Innovation Unit, Aimee held a senior position at the Ministry of Health, and played a key role in the establishment of Healthy Families NZ. She is the Director of Innovation & Impact at Innovation Unit.

Jess Haddock is a passionate advocate for social justice and the role empathy plays as a vital tool in any design process. She has a BA in Sociology and Criminology and her work background spans roles in both the public and private sectors, primarily in health, education, local government and social care, in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. 


Emily Preston has worked in the ‘for-purpose’ sector in the UK, Australia and New Zealand for more than a decade. Prior to joining Innovation Unit, her focus had been on helping social entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders to develop their organisational capacity and programmatic impact from start-up, through growth and replication. She has a particular interest in cross-sector collaboration to achieve social outcomes.