About Paulownia

We provide live-in residential care in a homely environment for those with a physical or intellectual disability, at two homes based in Woolston, Christchurch.
Paulownia Trust

Meet our trustees

Barney Cooper
I joined the board in May 2019 and have been the Board Chair since March 2020. I have in excess of 40 years experience in the disability sector.
Michelle Goodmanson
I have been a Trustee and Board member since August 2018. I work in the corporate world but my passion lies with making a difference to people’s lives.
Sonjia Wilson
Sonjia works in an organisation that supports good governance in schools. She provides advisory governance support with a particular focus on employment relations.
Carole Peterson
Carole has over 30 year’s experience as a HR professional working in a number of industries such as healthcare, service and manufacturing.
Trustee / Deputy Chair
Taylor Budge
Taylor has been on Paulownia's board since 2016 and is currently its deputy chair. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Lincoln University specialising in Supply Chain Management & Global Business.
David Green
David has joined the board in 2022. David is a Chartered Accountant and has over 36 years in finance related roles, with the last 24 years in healthcare.
Paulownia Trust

Meet our team

General Manager
Chaz McConachy
Team Leader
Tawhai Wawatai
Team Leader
Sonja Denton
Community Support Worker
Mary Leonard
Community Support Worker
Ralene Hunt
Team Leader / Community Support Worker
Linda Crosbie
Community Support Worker
Jane Martin
Community Support Worker
Lynn Dwyer
Community Support Worker
Harvinder Singh
Community Support Worker
Moksh Patel
Community Support Worker
Monika Sharma
Community Support Worker
Christine Grooby
Community Support Worker
Rachel Clarke


In 1977, Condell House was set up as a gentleman’s rest home. Audrey and Murray Stephen purchased the business in 1992. The closing of Templeton created a demand for residential care services. In 1997 Audrey and Murray formed Paulownia Trust as a Registered Charity to continue the valued support to people with a disability so they can live a full life.
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