Community Networking Trust

Leading and enabling effective social service provision in Eastern Southland 

Our Team

Robyn Morris

Robyn Morris

Position Manager

About Robyn began working for the CNT in 2003. Initially as Receptionist/Heartland Services Coordinator and has been in the role of Manager since 2013. With a previous involvement in community and sporting organisations she particularly enjoys the community aspect of her work with the CNT. Eastern Southland is a great community to live, raise a family and work in. We are fortunate to have excellent facilities along with a very supportive community.

Gail Poole

Gail Poole

Position Strengthening Families Coordinator

About The Strengthening Families Coordinator works for families,coordinating support networks for families, ensuring that the dreams,aspirations and life outcomes are supported by the agencies and services supporting them. "The Gore and Eastern Southland Community looks out for each and every person living in the community. There is a great feeling of collaboration amongst the services working for and with Families in the area". Gail is inspired by the passion and togetherness working towards positive outcomes for families and children in the community.

Lisa McKenzie

Lisa McKenzie

Position Hokonui Highway Project Lead

About Lisa's favourite thing about working in the Gore District is the way people are willing to work collaboratively to make a difference, which inspires her.

Eleanor Ranstead

Eleanor Ranstead

Position Mataura Community Development Coordinator

About Eleanor (Ele) is based in the Mataura Community Development Office, 8 McQueen Ave. She has been part of the team since April 2017. Mataura is a lively and vibrant community with lots to offer, not only the Mataura residents but in many respects is leading the way in Eastern Southland.

Claire Taylor

Claire Taylor

Position Financial Administrator

About Claire is responsible for all financial aspects, reporting and payroll for the Community Networking Trust, and the Community Connections Centre. Claire enjoys the friendly nature of Southland people and feeling safe within her community, as well as how willing people are to lend a helping hand if needed. As a district, and community, she finds the range of things on offer, and how well they are executed, inspiring. Events such as the Hokonui Fashion Awards shows Gore can ably compete with the rest of the country.

Kelly Young

Kelly Young

Position Centre Coordinator

About Kia ora! Kelly is responsible for the daily operation of the Centre, liaising with the tenants both permanent and casual, and being the first point of contact to assist the public with any queries. As a Heartland Services coordinator Kelly assists clients to access services offered by Heartlands. The people of Eastern Southland are a constant inspiration; their generosity, attitudes towards each other, and ability to rally makes Kelly proud to be from the South.

Ali Boyle

Ali Boyle

Position Youth Worker

About Ali works to assist young people with engaging in education, building healthy relationships, identifying risks and safe consumption of alcohol and drug use, building on young people’s confidence, social skills, self-esteem and resilience. Ali provides 1-1 support as well as group work. I appreciate the opportunity of exploring a wide range of barriers that impact on young people’s lives and identifying ways to support the young people to work towards overcoming such barriers. I believe that every young person has a huge amount of potential and can lead positive lives for themselves. Collaboration between services is strong in Gore and surrounding districts which is essential to my work and something that I am grateful for in this role. I thoroughly enjoy working in our totally unique community.


Some of our staff supporting Pink Shirt Day