About Us

Darlene Lang Gent – Community Relationships Manager:

Born and raised in Dargaville and has worked and lived in various places in New Zealand Darlene has previously worked for Fonterra, Housing New Zealand and Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Whātua.  Community Relationships was a perfect fit for the next step in Darlene's career as it is a role that allows her to give back to her district.

The Community Team is the community facing side of Kaipara District Council and role is helping to bridge the gap between Council and Community.  Darlene holds great relationships within the communities of Kaipara and has many networks.

You can reach Darlene on: dlang@kaipara.govt.nz or 027 532 0006.

Lara Stott – Community Advisor:

Another Kaipara local, Lara joined the Community Team filling in Darlene’s previous role. Being born and bred within the Kaipara, Lara has a passion to see the best for her district and the communities within it. Lara has a background in Public Service both within Ministry of Social Development from having worked frontline in both Dargaville and Te Awamutu, as well as Wellington’s Head Office and including a couple of years with Community Probation Services in Dargaville.

This role brings to the community the bridge between Kaipara District Council processes and community needs. Providing community groups and organisations the navigation tools to reaching their aspirations for the communities.

You can reach Lara on: lstott@kaipara.govt.nz or 021 438 719

Jenny Rooney – Community Funding Officer:

Having lived in the Kaipara and Bream Bay Districts for 18 years, she has a good understanding of community requirements and is passionate about people and ensuring they are supported in all aspects community development.

Jenny comes with 28 years’ experience working in non-government organisations, so understands the difficulties community groups and agencies face when trying to obtain funding. Her role includes assisting community organisations to access funding opportunities within the Kaipara District Council and through external sources.  To support, guide and navigate them through the funding processes with applications, accountability and reporting.  

You can reach Jenny on: jrooney@kaipara.govt.nz or 027 702 8126

Gail Fotheringham – Community & Recreation Advisor:

Gail has 30 years’ community development experience, both in local government and the not-for-profit sector in New Zealand for the last 13 years and before that in the UK.

Gail is trained in community place-making – with experience in collaborative community engagement projects where locals are recognised as experts in their own ‘place’.  Locals working alongside business and council, each playing a collective role to create great outcomes for present and future generations.

You can reach Gail on: gfotheringham@kaipara.govt.nz or 021 434 228