Meet our Board

The Independent Living is governed by a Board of Trustees.  We are privileged to have the volunteer services of our Trustees who represent a wide talent bank giving greater community perspective and vision for the future. Independent Living benefits from their generous contribution of time, knowledge and skills.  Some of our Trustees have served many years on the Board ensuring stability and an important historical perspective as we move forward.

Rick Rainey (Chairperson)

Rick is a business consultant, With over 30 years of business experience growing and leading high-tech NZ companies, Rick brings a sound strategic and planning focus to the Board of Trustees. Rick currently runs his own business consultancy in the areas of Governance, Strategy, and Technology, for both profit and non-profit organisations.


Rick works across the Disability, Mental Health and Addictions, and private  companies, and as such  brings strong connections and insights to Independent Living and the board.


Rick is also the Chair of Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre, and engaged as an advisory consultant to a number of other profit and non-profit boards.

Martine Abel

Martine Abel-Williamson emigrated from South Africa over 20 years ago. She’s usually accompanied by Westin, her guide dog. Martine serves on various boards and working groups, including on the board of Disability Connect, Blind Citizens NZ and Auckland Disability Law (a community law centre).
Martine has 11 years’ experience working at local government level in areas to do with access to the physical environment, transport, inclusive employment practices and promotion of universal design principles.
At international level, she’s the Treasurer of the World Blind Union, a world-wide blindness capacity building and systemic advocacy organisation where she’s also leading the global work on access to the environment and transport.
Martine also enjoys involvement at national level in areas such as health and co-design, and her roles as Consumer Advisory Group member, supporting the board of the Health Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC) and consumer contractor as part of the Ministry of Health Consumer Advisory Service, enables her to live out her passion and commitment in relevant time sensitive fields.

Juanita Neville Te-Rito

An Aussie by birth and Kiwi at heart, Juanita is the founder the retail reinvention consultancy, Retail X - where her experts blend the art and science of retail to help businesses compete in today’s hyper-competitive market. 

Her experience arms her with bags full of retail knowledge having created the Countdown onecard, developed brand repositionings for Noel Leeming and Warehouse Stationery (having killed off Mr Pencil), reinvigorated the Liquorland brand, brought to life Eagle Boys Dial-A-Pizza and driven countless people into Life and Unichem pharmacies.

Juanita has covered practically every retail category from individual owner operator, to large multi-site big box. From opening brands, to closing businesses and breathing new energy into existing businesses, she talks about retail trends and innovation at every chance she gets. Using her experience from travelling the world observing what is happening Juanita is sought after as a consultant and speaker.

With a career spanning over twenty-five year in the industry but also with a personal passion for shopping, Juanita applies high levels of energy, leadership and intelligence to her speaking eventsm as she does to business.  


Carol Gernhoefer
Carol Gernhoefer is a Chartered Accountant and brings her experience of business and accounting to the Board. Carol is a graduate of Auckland University and has worked in New Zealand, America, Japan and Europe.  She is an Associate at Lyne Opinion Limited and provides expert financial opinions in the areas of business valuation, litigation and financial dispute resolutions.  

Carol has governance experience with not-for-profit organisations and is a former board member of the Auckland War Memorial Museum and Sands Auckland Central.  Carol also facilitates the accounting school programmes for the New Zealand Institute of Charted Accountants.   Carol is the founder of Auckland For Kids, a website which provides information on events and activities for children, teenagers and families in Auckland. Carol and her husband Glen have two young children.

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