Haere rā and ngā mihi nui to Wayne Boyd

This Christmas we farewell our Finance Manager, Wayne Boyd, who is retiring after 15 years at Iosis. He started working with us in January 2009; initially full time for the first five years, then part-time as he also took up another role as Finance Manager for the Northern Baptist Association (NBA).

Wayne has had a long and active involvement with the Baptist community – as a part of his role with NBA, he has also managed the finances for Baptist Action and Baptist Foundation, plus he has previously been treasurer at Eastview Baptist Church. We asked Wayne a few questions about his time at Iosis.

What were the highlights and challenges of your time at Iosis?
Keeping the Iosis finances on an even keel with the ongoing vagaries of Government funding and variable other income sources. And through unexpected events such as the discovery of asbestos at our then site for Merivale in 2015, which led to a rapid relocation! Over the last two to three years, a challenge has been managing the finances to enable the construction of the 21 social housing units at our property in Hutt Road, Manurewa, which is only now coming to completion. While the build itself went very well in a difficult construction environment, funding the project was very challenging due to rapidly rising interest rates, and we were thankful for the assistance of the Baptist Union to see us through. Although we haven’t realised the financial return we had hoped for, we have certainly provided the local community with a wonderful asset for the future.

What makes Iosis so special?
As I think we would all agree – ‘He tangata, he tangata, he tangata! It is the people!’ People are drawn to working in social services because they’re committed to making a difference in the community, and that is very evident in the culture of Iosis. I have been privileged to put my skills to use to provide a solid financial platform to enable our people to do what they do so well.

What will you miss the most about Iosis?
The people! The laughing, the singing, and the food.

What you are looking forward to in your retirement?
Initially a rest … my energy levels aren’t what they were! It will be great to get out of that Monday to Friday mindset, after 52 years. And then the usual things – spending more time with the mokos, at our holiday home in Matarangi, some travel, and seeing how I might involve myself in more worthy causes. And of course, it’s time to finally get around to those jobs that never quite seem to get done.