Welcome to SuperGrans

The Super Team

Kaye Arnott
ManagerKaye Arnott

Kaye is the Manager of SuperGrans Manawatu. Kaye brings to the position extensive management experience particularly in the health, local body and student accommodation sectors in New Zealand. Kaye with her husband owned and operated two cafes in Palmerston North for around 11 years – so she loves people and coffee!

Kaye has been a volunteer as a Friend of the Emergency Department and believes in giving back to the community if one is in a position to do so.

These parts of her background work together and fit in superbly with the functions and focuses of SuperGrans Mentoring. She believes strongly that mature people who are willing and able to share their skills, wisdom and abilities with others, have so much to both offer, and gain from working with people in the community. Putting people together for mutual benefit – it has to be good!

Joanne Baird
Service Co-ordinator

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.

As the Service Co-ordinator Joanne's role is meeting new clients and pairing them with a volunteer who will help them reach their goals. 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


Wendy Workman

Wendy joined our board in December 2014 at the invitation of Trustee Bev Page; the two had worked together on the board of the Palmerston North Basketball Association. Wendy appreciates the way SuperGrans quietly works in the community, strengthening the community through the personal connection of mentor and client. Wendy has a background in accounts, property, administration, and customer service.

Carol Searle

Former CEO of MASH Trust, Carol managed the Trust for over 12 years. Prior to that she ran her own company and held several senior roles within the Ministry of Health, Health Funding Authority and Ministry of Social Development.

Carol is the Chair of Take My Hands Trust, an organisation matching surplus health and disability equipment in New Zealand with recipient countries in the Pacific and Asia. She is also a mentor for Business Mentors New Zealand. As a Nanna to 8 grandsons, Carol is understands the importance of families learning the skills to support their families well delivered through the Team at SuperGrans Manawatu.

Adrian Broad

Adrian currently is in his fourth term as a Palmerston North City Councillor and second term at a MidCentral District Health Board member.

Adrian's business career includes nine years as General Manager of Manawatu Standard and eight years Chief Executive of Arohanui Hospice. Adrian is currently the Manager of Manawatu Horowhenua Tararua Diabetes Trust, having been in that position for three years.

Adrian has been a chairperson or a committee person of many community voluntary organisations in Palmerston North for over thirty years.

Within the city council Adrian is the chairperson of the Economic Development committee and Deputy chairperson within MidCentral of the Healthy Communities committee and Enable New Zealand.

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.

Mahashweta Patel

Mahashweta currently works as a Project Manager and has been involved in several projects in the community. Mahashweta has a background in Public Health and completed her Master’s at the University of Otago. Born and raised in Palmerston North, Mahashweta is passionate about helping to ensure that families and whanau in our region have the knowledge and skills for safe, healthy and affordable living.