Dr Jillian Chrisp


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Communities that are able to participate in identifying solutions to those issues that impact on them, are more able to build meaningful lives and to contribute positively to the communities of which they are a part.

Jill was born and educated in Gisborne and then left to work in Fiji with the Volunteer Service Abroad School Leaver Scheme. After gaining qualifications in education she returned to teach at Whatatutu and Te Puia Springs before she became involved in youth development, establishing the Tautoko Trust.

The years that followed took her back out of the Tairawhiti Region where she pursued a career in education and development.

In her most recent role with the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, she has advised on strategic, policy and legislative development and led regional, national and international capability-building projects with indigenous and multi-cultural communities and across diverse sectors. She has worked with the Asia Pacific Forum across the Asia-Pacific region; the United Nations in the Middle East; the NZ Government in the Philippines; and with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in the Pacific.

She has been a member and chair of various national, regional and local boards predominately in the education sectors. She holds a PhD in Social Science from Victoria University of Wellington.

Jill believes that Tairawhiti is a unique region with distinct strengths and challenges. She is proud of being part of its past and is enthusiastic about being involved in its future. While some of her work outside the region will continue, she is now able to commit more of her time and energy back at home and welcomes the opportunity to do so through the Eastland Community Trust.