Meet The Team

Maria Cleland

Buddy, Administrator and

Event Co-ordinator


Maria was born in England, and came to New Zealand in 1987. For 22 years she lived on a 3500-acre sheep and beef farm but recently downsized to a lifestyle block. She is an experienced Administrator, and has many years of working with the public, and organising public sporting events. She competed on her own horses for many years and worked extensively as a groom for a top 3 Day Event competitor while in the UK.She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of the vulnerable children and women that are struggling in our communities and looking forward to seeing many more lives changed at Hope Rising Farm.

Glennis Mason

Office Manager 


Glennis tackles the ever-present paper and admin trail in the Hope Rising Farm office. She is a local girl who grew up in Ngaruawahia and moved to Australia for a few years where her children were born. She moved back to NZ nine years later. Her working career has been in a wide variety of administration roles within the corporate and education sectors. Glennis has three grown children, a husband and very vocal cat. When she's not working, she's probably doing some kind of craft, creating with stationery or catching a good movie. She is excited to be a part of a great team here at Hope Rising Farm Trust and loves to see God’s Hand in rebuilding young people and women’s lives.

Our Buddies

Yolanda Taynton

Buddy - Time Out With Horses

Yolanda has been actively involved with us since we started and is a gifted teacher and listener. Before raising her 3 adult children, Yolanda and husband Rob, owned a cattle farm in South Africa. Yolanda loves drawing out individual strengths in her students and is particularly good at explaining tasks in an easy to understand way for them. She currently works full time elsewhere, but we aim to have her working at HRF as soon possible.

Jeanie van Zweeden

Buddy - Time Out With Horses

Jean started working as a buddy for Hope Rising Farm in February 2020, after returning from working in the UK for 11 years. She has had an involvement with horses and riding since she was a child.  However, while in the UK she became aware of how impactful handling horses and being around horses can be to people, especially those who are vulnerable. She is excited about seeing how the work of the Trust will impact children in the community that are struggling with difficult life situations.

Eve Cunnane

Buddy and Arts Therapist

Eve joined us initially in 2015 as a general volunteer but left to study later returning to us with a Master's in Arts Therapy . In 2018, realising what she was missing, Eve became a Buddy the same year. Eve lives life to the full and her enthusiasm is infectious. Her ready smile and can-do belief in her students encourages them to try new things.  


EllaRose Cleland

Buddy and Helping Hands


EllaRose joined our Buddy team when she was still at high school. In 2018, she started grazing her new horse at Hope Rising Farm and we soon discovered her talents with our students and couldn’t let her go! EllaRose has extensive experience around horses of all types, both recreationally and competitively.  She has been involved as a leader in youth groups for most of her teenage life and has a gift in teaching and is a great encourager. Her HRF students gain confidence in themselves fast and relate to her well as a young person.


Hope Rising Farm Charitable Trust


Phone: 027 539 7002

Registered Charity: CC49073

Location: Ngaruawahia

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