Commitee Members

Ken Bogue

Founding Member / Chairperson

After finishing at Mahurangi College, I spent a year on a small atoll in the Ha’apai Group of Tonga for Volunteer Service Abroad, teaching at a Co-Ed Secondary School. Returning to NZ, I furthered my education and explored vocational options for the following 10 years.

returned to Warkworth in 1981, and began a career in real estate which lasted for 38 years’, and at one point owned 8 offices in the lower-north region. During this time, I coached Junior and Secondary School rugby, spent 18 years on the Disciplinary Panel of the Real Estate Institute of NZ, for which I was made a Fellow, and had considerable involvement in numerous community organisations. Much of my drive has hinged around providing opportunities for others to improve themselves. In 2002 I was appointed a Justice of the Peace.

A Founding Trustee of the Kowhai Coast Youth Trust in 1991, I have been the Chairperson since 2004.

Leisure interests include boating, walking, e-biking, travelling and being involved with family.

Dave Parker

founding member

Dave has spent a lifetime of community service in the local area. Formed the Warkworth Boy’s Brigade and Lifeboys groups in the 1960s. Established ‘Sister Towns’, for Warkworth, throughout the world and has acted in a number of local council roles. His name is synonymous with the Kowhai Festival, having fronted the event for countless years. A tireless advocate of our local area, Dave was awarded the QSM in 2001

Dave is still involved in Community Relations and Event Coordination, however he has reduced his involvement in a number of organisations. Chairperson of the Jane Gifford Trust for many years, he remains an active volunteer. Dave was the instigator and a Founding Trustee of the Kowhai Coast Youth Trust in 1999 where he continues his role as Deputy Chair.

Dr Warwick Palmer

founding member

have been a General Practitioner in the Warkworth and Mahurangi Districts for the last forty years. I have cherished and enjoyed becoming part of this cohesive and interesting community and derive immense pleasure and satisfaction out of the continuity of care that semi-rural General Practice affords, having looked after many families across several generations. The variety in General Practice is always an exciting challenge. Now semi-retired, I work as a locum on an “as needed” basis at Kawau Bay Health (Warkworth and Snells Beach Medical Centres). I have been heavily involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical training, and examinations.

I have previously spent twelve years as a Territorial Force Army officer. Current community commitments include being chair of the Warkworth St John Area Committee, member of the Warkworth Hospice Advisory Committee, and trustee of the Rodney Health Charitable Trust, as well as the Kowhai Coast Youth Trust..

Leisure interests include boating and water sports, snow skiing, music, and enjoying and working on our lifestyle block. I am happily married with two adult children, and we have recently become grandparents.

Ian Ferguson

founding member

I came to Warkworth, with my parents, in 1945 and attended Warkworth School. My first job was on the family farm. I then learned black-smithing, horse-shoeing and welding before I went on to train as a mechanic.

After marrying Jennifer Butler we moved  to London for 5 years before returning to Warkworth where I continued working as a mechanic until my retirement.

Since our return to Warkworth, both Jennifer and I have volunteered in a variety of community organisations, especially Warkworth Museum since 1980. We were both also long-term members of the Warkworth Brass Band. I also served three (3) terms on the Warkworth Town Board.

I am a founding member of the Kowhai Coast Youth Trust.


Pixie Jones-Merredew

founding member

I have lived in Warkworth most of my life, having finished my education at Rangitoto College where I was a Prefect, House captain, captain of tennis, netball and softball teams plus coach of the C and D netball teams.  This is where my love of sports and coaching began and it has dominated my life ever since.  I married a Matakana farmers son in January 1970, motor mechanic, Peter Jones, and 6 years later we purchased Gubbs Motors.  We had a family of 4 boys between 1973 and 1982 and my life revolved around their lives, volunteering and sports. . 

I was a foundation member of the establishment committee which built the first kindergarten in Warkworth with 11 years of committee service, fundraising and sewing for and helping run the “Kindy shop” during this time.  Once my boys started Boys Brigade I became an officer in the junior division, qualified as a swimming instructor helping out at Kowhai swimming club, taught tennis, was chairman of the Mahurangi junior rugby board and started the original junior touch rugby at the Showgrounds, coached netball at Warkworth, Matakana and Kaipara Flats schools, plus Mahurangi College netball coach for 40 years, served on the Netball Rodney Association committee for many years, and umpired/refereed most of these sports.  I am a Life Member of the Netball Rodney association.  Now a days I still coach netball for Matakana and Mahurangi plus I play, coach, umpire croquet.  I was invited on as an inaugural member of the Kowhai Youth Trust as someone who had a lot of contact with children in our area.

After Peter passed away in 1996, I went back to “work for payment” for the first time in 23 years, as the first Sports Co-ordinator at Mahurangi college, a job I loved for 6 years.  Now a days my new husband, John, and I do a lot of motorhoming around our lovely country.  In my spare time I love gardening, do patchwork, knit and crotchet, read.  I am a member of Christ Church Anglican community.  I still involve myself as much as possible in the lives of young people through the sports played by my 8 grandchildren, and after having 4 boys, I love coaching my granddaughters for netball.

Lois Burton

founding member

Although not born here I grew up locally and have been actively involved in many Community and Youth organizations, from Plunket through to Primary and Secondary Schools and beyond. Along with a group of like-minded people we were instrumental in establishing the local Kindergarten.

I was Secretary / Treasurer for Rodney “Speld for a number of years, an organization that helped children on a one-to-one basis who were struggling at school with certain subjects get ahead. I have spent a lot of time with our youth through coaching and managing sports teams and through Girls and Boys Brigades. Currently am fully involved in The Lions Club of Kowhai Coast, The Warkworth Museum, The Kauri and Native Bushmen, The Lions / Rotary Food Rescue and of course The Kowhai Coast Youth Trust. I have a wonderful Husband Clive who I have been married to for over 50 years, and who has worked alongside me on many of these organizations. Two adult children complete the family unit. I consider it a privilege to be a Trustee and to be able to help those in need of assistance for whatever reason.

Jacqueline Ironside


Jacqueline possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience garnered over nine years as the CEO and proprietor of her accounting practice, which she successfully sold in May 2023. Prior to this, she held prominent roles at renowned accountancy firms, KPMG and Ernst and Young. Jacqueline’s extensive background, coupled with her MBA studies completion in 2018, affords her invaluable insights into effective strategies for both business and non-profit organizations.

Volunteering plays a significant role in Jacqueline’s life. She served as the past President and longstanding committee member of the Whangaparaoa Tennis Club, undertaking responsibilities as Treasurer and Secretary at different intervals. Additionally, she has contributed her expertise to various local organizations, including the One Mahurangi Business Association, Tennis Northern, Abuse Prevention Services Rodney, and as the founding Trustee of the Child Rescue Charitable Trust NZ. Jacqueline is also a proud member of the Institute of Directors.

Actively promoting women in business, she has organized free half-day seminars in Warkworth and for the Whangarei Business Association. While currently in a semi-retired phase, Jacqueline dedicates her time to collaborating with organizations that appreciate her no-nonsense yet deeply caring approach and value her extensive knowledge.

Julie Jones


With a background in Marketing, Julie utilises her skills and experience to assist local businesses in establishing a strong online presence, alongside managing her own small business. Following a stint in the UK, and embarking on her corporate career in the city, Julie and her young family moved to Matakana in 2016.

This move marked the beginning of an active involvement in the local community, through Matakana School (and now Mahurangi College) and participating in various activities such as netball, dance, rugby, and the surf club. Julie spent six years on the Matakana Hawks netball committee, witnessing the growth of the club and fostering a positive, inclusive culture for young players.

Julie’s desire to give back to the community extends to her interest in being appointed a Trustee for the Kowhai Coast Youth Trust. Having married into the local Jones family, Julie welcomes the opportunity for the next generation to be a part of the trust’s work, and is particularly enthusiastic about contributing to a charity that directly assists young people in achieving their goals, whether that be health, education, cultural or sporting.

Duncan Standley

Trustee/ Technology Officer

With more than 25 years of experience in the digital solutions, marketing, and IT strategy landscape, Duncan is now focusing his vast digital experience on local businesses. Duncan wants to give back to local businesses in an effort to help them grow and contribute to the local community.

In his short time since moving to Warkworth, Duncan has thrown himself into the local community becoming a Trustee for the Cement Works Warkworth Conservation Trust, team captain and committee member for Warkwork Tennis Club, and a committee member for One Maharangi Business Association. He reckons he’s never felt so connected to a community and intends to stay for a long time and is looking forward to being the resident geek at large.

Nicole Banks


Nicole is a third generation Bogue family member to be involved in real estate in Warkworth and, if appointed, would be a second generation Trustee of the Kowhai Coast Youth Trust.

Nicole has good business experience having worked alongside her father since 2009 and then taking ownership of the property management business in 2020, along with her husband, Terrence.

Nicole has been recognised nationally for her work by Ray White New Zealand, firstly in 2013 when she was awarded Property Manager of the Year, and again in 2017 when, after stepping into a management role, she was awarded Property Management Support Person of the Year. She also holds the highest qualification achievable for property managers through NZQA.

Nicole is a mother of three and grandmother of 2. She has been a great supporter of their sporting achievements. She possesses excellent communication skills and commonsense. She is very keen to be a part of what we established 30+ years ago.

Patrick Steuart


Patrick is a lawyer and a director of WRMK Lawyers leading the Warkworth Team. He values being involved in the local community including being the Secretary of One Mahurangi Business Association and the Honorary Solicitor for Bowls Warkworth.

Outside of work Patrick enjoys spending time with family and friends, getting out into the Great Outdoors especially around Leigh and the Mahurangi area.