Sharon Wilson-Davis, ONZM, Trustee
Sharon Wilson-Davis was raised in Otara by her elderly grandmother, having come from the far north of Peria. Sharon left school at the age of 14 and went on to spend twenty plus years as an owner / operator in the hotel – hospitality industry, owning hotels and nightclubs throughout NZ and Australia.
Sharon Wilson-Davis has been CEO of the STRIVE Community Trust since 1997 (then known as Tamaki Ki Raro Trust) and has since worked to improve the lives of people in the Mangere community.
The Tamaki Ki Raro Trust was founded to assist with the development of Te Puea Marae and to provide commercial, social and cultural stability for the Tainui people in the area. As the Chief Executive Officer, Ms Wilson-Davis has led the organisation through a major transition and substantial growth. Under her tenure the Trust broadened its partnership with different cultural groups, particularly Pacific people, and has developed into a respected provider of social services, employment, training and recently transitional housing. The Trust now employs more than 90 staff operating from six service centres. She was an appointed member of the Welfare Working Group from 2010 to 2011 and was previously appointed by the Children’s Commissioner as a member of the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty. She has advised and participated in the Auckland Social Policy Forum, the Child Poverty Expert Advisory Group, and the Housing Assessment Transfer Focus Group. She was a member of Manukau City Council’s Te Manuka Board and the Safer Community Council. Ms Wilson-Davis is a past Trustee of the City of Manukau Education Trust. In 2018 she was bestowed the honour of Order of NZ Merit for her commitment to provide community services.
In herself, Sharon is a highly motivated professional who is very focused and committed to helping effect positive change in the lives of individuals and families. She is held in high esteem by her associates and peers and is well known for her no-nonsense approach, positive can do attitude and contagious sense of humor.