Meet the team

Mike Rarere, House Manager

Ko Ngati Kahungunu me Rongo mai Wahine nga Iwi.

Ko Takitimu me Kurahaupo nga Waka.

Tihei mauri ora.



I was born in Napier, raised in Tauranga, and now live in Raglan.

I’m a graduate of Te Whare Wananga o Waikato. (University of Waikato)

I began working in the Community Sector in 1993 as a Youthworker in South Auckland.

Following a couple of years based in Hong Kong where I worked in the Security Sector, I returned to NZ, working with Youth and Community based in Hamilton from 1997 until 2016.

Highlights include being the 2006 Trust Waikato Child and Family Awards ‘Outstanding Individual Service’ Recipient and producing the annual ‘Beatstreet’ Aotearoa HipHop Youth Festival 2001-2010.

Previous to my current employment, I was Manager at Te Whare o te Ata Fairfield/Chartwell Community Centre from 2014-2016 and employed by the Hamilton City Council Community Development Unit as Youth and Community Advisor 1999-2014. I have over 10 years experience in network/meeting facilitation and Radio Broadcasting. I have also had over a decade in Governance experience as a Trustee for Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa Urban Maori Authority.

Married with one child, I enjoy Martial Arts training, listening to music, reading, cooking and being with family.


Nicci Standley

Nicci Standley, Administrator (full-time)

Nicci joined The Raglan House team in March 2009 as a volunteer, moving into the Assistant Coordinator role in 2010 and then in 2014 started as our Financial Administrator. 

In her spare time Nicci volunteers as a Zoo Host at the Hamilton Zoo and at Citizens Advice in Hamilton.

Nicci's interests include zumba, photography, swimming, cooking and travelling.

Tony Agar

Tony Agar, Budget Advisor

Tony joined the The Raglan House team in 2010.  He moved to Raglan with his family in 2008 after retiring as a full time firefighter in London for 30 years during which time he was seconded to the British Council for two years.  

As well as being The Raglan House budget advisor, Tony also helps organise events such as Snow on the Beach.  Tony hosts The Raglan House Radio Show on a Monday morning on Raglan Community Radio as well as his own show "Showtime with Tony" on a Monday evening.

Paula Clements

Paula Clements, Counsellor

Diploma in Counselling, Certificate in Supervision, Certificate in Education, Certificate in PsychodramaMember of New Zealand Association of Counsellors

Paula is an experienced counsellor with a commitment to working with people so that they can live their lives in the best possible way.  Paula works with any difficulties that affect the enjoyment in life to which we are entitled.  Standing alongside other people in their world is a privilege Paula values enormously

Rachel Upston

Rachel Upston, Counsellor

Bachelor of Social Science (Counselling)Member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors

Rachel is a Raglan based counsellor in private practice who has local contracts that see her working with all issues and ages.  Rachel has specialist knowledge in working with trauma and abuse.  Rachel is a full member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors.






The committee

The Raglan House is governed by people like you – volunteer members elected through an Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The following are our management committee for the 2016/17 year:

  • Grant Cushman - Chair
  • Janet Scott - Deputy Chair
  • Jane Rushton - Secretary
  • Committee members: Saen O'Brien, Morgan Morris, Rebecca Ewart, Sharon Tribe