Welcome to SuperGrans

The Super Team

Joanne Baird
Manager

Joanne BairdJoanne has come to SuperGrans Mentoring with a background in occupational therapy and support work. With a passion for positive skill-passing and a firm belief in intergenerational mentoring Joanne is looking forward to supporting our wonderful team of volunteers.

Joanne is looking forward to extending her knowledge of the community sector and is excited to be working in this area.

Cynthia Landa
Course Co-ordinator

Cynthia LandaOriginally from Peru, Cynthia brings with her a range of experience from numerous community organisations where she has previously worked with people with special needs, parents and migrants.

As Course Co-coordinator, Cynthia liaisons with our volunteers and the community organisations as well as organising all the different courses we provide to the community. Cynthia strongly believes in the philosophy and ethics of SuperGrans and feels very privileged to work with a bunch of skilled and dedicated volunteers who make the organisation what it is today.

The Governance Team

Adrian Broad

Adrian has been a chairperson or a committee person of many community voluntary organisations in Palmerston North for over thirty years and is currently the Manager of Manawatu Horowhenua Tararua Diabetes Trust. In his fourth term as a Palmerston North City Councillor and second term as a MidCentral District Health Board member, Adrian is the chairperson of the Economic Development Committee and deputy chairperson within MidCentral of the Healthy Communities Committee and Enable New Zealand.

Adrian's business career includes nine years as General Manager of Manawatu Standard and eight years as Chief Executive of Arohanui Hospice.

Kathriona Benvie

Kathriona has been a SuperGrans mentor since 2014. She enjoys using her life experience and teaching skills to support others. Kathriona is an accredited visitor for Age Concern and spends time with her two elderly clients each week. She also coordinates fruit and vegetable orders at Food Together Awapuni and enjoys networking with the other volunteers and customers who come to the vege hub. In between voluntary activities Kathriona works casually as a First Aid instructor for Red Cross and as a radiographer at Palmerston North Hospital.

Gail Jensen

A grandmother herself, Gail is passionate about helping younger generations. Currently a Mortgage Adviser for Mortgage Link Manawatu, she works hard to help young people purchase their first home. Joining SuperGrans as a Trustee, Gail sees this opportunity as a way to extend that passion, by helping families learn important life skills through mentoring and the ongoing classes offered by SuperGrans Manawatu.

Apryl Cadman


Apryl currently works for the Manawatu Community Law Centre as a Registered Legal Executive. Prior to this, Apryl worked at a law firm in Levin specialising in conveyancing matters. The move to working for a community organisation has been very rewarding for Apryl who has found being able to help people and organisations that may not otherwise have access to legal advice extremely fulfilling. Apryl is excited to join SuperGrans as a Trustee in the hope that her legal knowledge will result in some positive outcomes for both the organisation and all those involved within it.

Apryl was previously a volunteer for several years for Levin Radio Reading. Currently, Apryl and her Boston Terrier “Elliot” are volunteer members of Canine Friends – a New Zealand wide organisation where people share their friendly well behaved dogs with those that are in hospitals, rest home and hospices. Apryl is also a regular volunteer collector for various organisations on their annual appeal weeks.