About Us

The Trust

The Focus Paihia Community Charitable Trust (FPCCT) is a grass-roots organisation that was ‘born’ out of the belief that Paihia has the potential to become an exceptional place to live, work and visit. Already we are a great place, however, it is recognised that we could be doing a lot better, both in how we present ourselves and how we interact with each other and our environment.

FPCT is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation, formally set up in 2010. The Trust currently has representation from:

  • Business Paihia Inc
  • Waitangi
  • Paihia Resident & Ratepayers Association
  • Paihia School
  • Paihia Haven of History

Trustees & Working Party

Your current trustees are:

  • Grant Harnish – chair
  • Geoff Williams – secretary
  • Marty Robinson
  • Craig Salmon
  • Ngati Kawa Taituha
  • Roger Dold
  • Helena Avery – School/Youth Representative

The Working Party is made up of key senior people from the following organisations:

  • Focus Paihia (three trustees)
  • Far North District Council
  • Northland Regional Council
  • Far North Holdings Ltd

NZTA staff are currently advisors to the group.

Vision & Key Objectives

The vision, key objectives and goals were developed in consultation with the Paihia community in 2009 and form the backbone of what we want to achieve. Each key goal is supported by a number of aims, these can be found here,

Key Objectives

  • Celebrating our cultural diversity by respecting our past, thriving in our present and creating our future

  • A contemporary, maritime village that embraces its cultural heritage & protects its natural environment

  • World renowned for providing exceptional experiences

  • Infrastructure complements & enables sustainable development

  • A connected community where we all feel safe, included & valued

  • Together, man & nature succeeding in harmony

Key goals (to)

  1. Celebrate (what was) two nations becoming one – where the mix of who we are today was born
  2. Create a ‘people friendly’ waterfront, while supporting the natural environment
  3. Define future development (infrastructure, codes of practice, services, etc) to meet with village identity, through inclusive town planning
  4. Ensure an international, sustainable standard of access
  5. Encourage breathtaking ‘people’ experiences
  6. Build an inclusive vibrant community that values its peace & community spirit
  7. Be an example to the world of nature, humanity & tourism living harmoniously


Trustee Profiles

Grant Harnishchair

Grant, the current Chair of the Trust, has been involved with Focus Paihia since its conception in 2009. He is an owner of Salt Air in Paihia, which he has been operating for around 20 years. Enjoying its growth from operating the ‘famous’ Widgeon seaplane to its current position as a successful and thriving local business.

His two children, Jake and Luca, both went to Paihia Primary School, for which he was a Trustee. Grant has volunteered many, many hours to Focus Paihia (and often behind the scenes).

Grant is committed to helping Paihia reach its potential with the support of the community.


Geoff WilliamsSecretary

Geoff is a member of the original Trust and is endorsed to be on the current Trust. Geoff and his wife Kath (who manages, on a volunteer basis, the Op Shop) have been married 47 years, have two adult children and two grandchildren. They emigrated to Auckland in 1981. Geoff`s work history ranges from labouring to having been a Buyer for Vickers shipbuilding(UK), he has however predominantly ‘people’ managed. This covers factory supervision, production manager/personnel, training etc. Plus playing representative soccer, rugby league and cricket (UK) and soccer referee (UK & NZ), he’s always being a team player at heart. Since moving North over 11 years ago, their community involvement increased dramatically across the Kerikeri and Paihia area. Geoff is keen to remain on the FPCT Board for as long as he is able to contribute and is mindful of maintaining a balance of youth and experience

Geoff Williams

Craig Salmon Trustee

CRAIG SALMON lives in Paihia. He grew up in Whangarei and is from a farming family. He has had a variety of jobs, the main being in the IT sector providing sales systems for the insurance industry for 15 years. He is now a freelance software developer and part time beekeeper. Craig is also a trustee and volunteer trapper and coordinator on Bay Bush Action Trust. BBA is a biodiversity protection group operating on around 250-300 hectares behind Paihia. They work closely with Forest and Bird and DOC.

He is an active member of Fish Forever advocating for 10% of the Bay to be protected in a network of marine reserves. He is also a coordinator/volunteer for Bay Beach Clean which picks rubbish up off the beach and roadsides around Paihia every two weeks. Craig is co-convener for the Northland branch of the Green Party and is also a member of Regional Electric Vehicle Utility Project (REV-UP) working with NRC and FNDC on infrastructure support for electric cars.

Craig has an excellent understanding of environmental issues and is passionate about carbon reduction and mitigation around climate change. Also pest control and biodiversity protection, waste management and recycling, ethical purchasing and electric transportation. The Focus Paihia Community Trust Board would like to warmly welcome Craig to the Board.

Craig Salmon

Marty RobinsonTrustee

Marty is representative of The Paihia Haven of History on the Focus Board. This position was previously held by the late Andrew Thomson. Marty’s association with Paihia can be traced back to 1823 with the arrival of the missionaries, his ancestors Henry and Marianne Williams. Hence his main reason for joining the Focus Paihia Trust; to help drive the establishment of the Paihia Museum, which has been operating on a small open air basis at the original Church Mission Station site beside the St. Paul’s church graveyard.

His first personal connection with Paihia/Waitangi was in 1976 as a barman in the THC Waitangi Hotel (now The Copthorne Resort) for two summer seasons, while studying at University. He is also a member of the Paihia Farmers’ Market, which operates every Thursday on the Village Green, serving non-alcoholic fresh orange juice. Not quite 40 years involvement in Paihia – almost local!


Ngati Kawa Taituha Trustee

NGATI KAWA TAITUHA is  the Focus Paihia Māori Representative. Ngati Kawa Aramiha Taituha was born in Kawakawa Hospital, attended Paihia Primary School and Bay of Islands College, leaving there in 1995. He spent his post college years in Christchurch and Sydney returning to New Zealand in 2001 to complete a diploma in Māori Studies, Ngapuhi. Following this Ngati Kawa became the Te Ataarangi Maori Language Facilitator at Waitangi Marae and worked at the Copthorne Hotel before joining the Waitangi Treaty Grounds team, where he currently works and has done for the past 10 years.

A big highlight of his life was travelling through Hawaii and Canada in 2011. Moving forward, his future aspiration is to leverage the power of the internet and build an online infopreneur digital platform.  Ngati Kawa is a highly active member of our community and is involved in a number of organisations. He is the Te Tii Waitangi Marae Chairman, a Te Tii (Waitangi) B3 Trustee and Te Maungarongo Whenua Trust Chairman. He is involved with the Taitokerau Maori Tourism Association, Iwi Kiwi Eco Park (Waitangi Endowment Forest) and Tuu Taua o Ngapuhi (Ngapuhi Martial Arts Academy).


Roger Dold – Trustee

Although a familiar face at Focus Paihia working bees, many will know Roger from the days when he owned FULLERS, and/or as the father of four children, who all grew up in Paihia and went to Kerikeri High School. Significantly, together with Mike Simm and Chris Jacobs, in 1989 he bought Fullers out of receivership. Some 15 years later, after winning the Supreme Tourism Award for New Zealand in 2000, Roger sold Fullers in 2004.

Roger continues to have similar businesses in Fiji and Whitsundays which means he is regularly travelling. Roger is hoping to cut down on his travel and spend more time in Paihia and would love to put something back into the community that has given him and his family so much. After working behind the scenes on fundraising for the Mountain Bike Park over the past year, Roger is happy to offer his services to fill the position of  Business Representative on the Trust.


Helena Avery – School/Youth Representative (to be shared with Bay of Islands College)

HELENA has lived in the Bay her whole life having attended Russell School from years one to eight. At seventeen, she is in her final year at Kerikeri High School.

“I have learnt valuable communication and leadership skills through being involved in a wide range of student leadership positions with the most recent being chosen as a 2016 Kerikeri High School Prefect. In accepting my position as a School/Youth Trustee for the remainder of this year I hope to continue to use and develop these skills whilst promoting Focus Paihia and their achievements to the youth audience of Paihia and the surrounding Bay of Islands and hope to study towards a Bachelor of Laws and Arts in 2017”

Focus Paihia Co-ordinator

tiff hollandTiffany Holland, nee Carlyon, grew up in Paihia and was a student at Paihia School.

After leaving university Tiffany followed a fashion path, and spent the next 15 years working in the industry as a Production Manager and Backstage Manager on International ‘Fashion Week’ shows in New York, London, Milan, Paris, Sydney & Melbourne. In between show seasons she was a personal shopper with clients that included Mick Jagger and Lord Ali.

She met her husband Robin Holland in London and they returned to Paihia in 2005, setting up Bay Physio and starting their family. Tiffany is an active member in community groups and she has also been a mentor in the YWC Future Leaders Programme, working with local teenagers.

Her most challenging volunteer role now, is as one of the Drivers of the Waitangi Mountain Bike Project, with her husband Robin. Some may also know her from ‘Screen on the Green’, the Outdoor Cinema was on the Paihia Village Green in the summers of 2005 and 2006. Or more famously, inspired by her Mother,  she is the creator behind those amazing Christmas Parade floats that we have seen in Paihia over the past several years. Tiffany brings her organizsational skills, passion for our community and high energy to the role as Focus Paihia Coordinator.