Meet the Angels


Left to right: Sharon Johnston, Merle Moffit, Tricia Stuart. Tracey Castleton, Lynne Ehau

Missing: Koa Saxby, Pam Williams, Adele Smith


Adele Smith

Angel Co-ordinator

Being part of something worthy has always been important for Adele, and being the Co-ordinator for a fund that helps support and empower women through small interest-free loans, certainly fulfils that need. She came into the role towards the end of 2016 and brought with her a background in tertiary and secondary teaching, as well as in the private and public sectors. Adele also co-owns and co-manages a tourism business near Mapua. She enjoys spending time with her husband, seven sheep and ten chickens on their lifestyle block. She also loves catching up with her adult children when they're around, and with her friends and extended family.

Pam Williams

Angel Trustee

Pam Williams ‘retired' to live in Richmond in 2012 and joined the Nelson Angel Women's Loan Fund (NAWLF) a year later. She spent her professional career in education: teaching, advising, researching and promoting education through various NGOs, organisations and community groups. Pam has a special interest in helping women become independent, especially through widening and strengthening their education and using their abilities to create their own paths to personal fulfilment.

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Lynne Ehau

Angel Trustee

Lynne Ehau, a primary trained teacher, has worked with and taught English to Japanese students. She helped her husband with the business of developing their deer farm into a housing subdivision. She also belongs to Soroptimists which is a worldwide volunteer service organisation for women who work to improve the lives of women and girls around the world.


Merle Moffitt

Angel Trustee

Merle is a retired hospice nurse and beekeeper.
She has been an Angel trustee for over ten years and still gets a buzz out of empowering women to become stronger and more independent.

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Koa Saxby

Angel Committee Member

Koa Saxby moved to Marahau in 2015 after many years involvement with community groups in Christchurch.  She had previously been a Trustee for Just Dollars and the Co-ordinator for the Christchurch Angel Fund - Wahine Putea and her background also includes work as an accounts technician.  Koa is inspired by what women can achieve with a small loan that supports their moving towards their goals in education or generating income.  


Tricia Stuart

Angel Trustee

Tricia moved to Nelson in 2017 and joined the NAWLF board at the beginning of 2018. She spends her weekdays working as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice. When not working Tricia really enjoys exploring all the cultural, outdoor, and musical activities that this region has to offer. She is extremely excited to be working alongside the amazing women involved in NAWLF and helping to assist other women to make their work and educational dreams a reality.


Sharon Johnston

Angel Trustee

Sharon Johnston has been a trustee of NAWLF since 2018. She is also Secretary and Co-Convenor of the Nelson Women's Centre and a volunteer for Hospice Nelson.


Tracey Castleton

Angel Trustee

Tracey joined NAWLF in 2019 after learning about the amazing work they do to support and empower women in this community.  Tracey is inspired by the dreams they fund with the help of generous donations they receive. Whilst working as an accountant keeps her busy during the week, she enjoys spending weekends on a bicycle heading to the infamous Saturday markets or exploring some of the beautiful local hiking tracks.