Steering Committee

The Steering committee was formed in March 2020 and it’s role is to provide advice, ensure delivery of the project outputs and the achievement of project outcomes.

The committee originally consisted of A&P members and and representatives of the key sporting groups and representatives from Speedway, Motorsport and Equestrian.

Providing advice (and sometimes making decisions) about changes to the project as it develops. The Steering Committee provides support, guidance and oversight of progress engages with suppliers and reports back to the A&P. The committee originally consisted of A&P members and and representatives of the key sporting groups and representatives from Speedway, Motorsport and Equestrian.

Philip Macey – Acting Chairman & Motorsport Representative

Philip is a director of local accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly Staples Rodway and has lived in Taranaki for over 25 years.

Originally from the Waikato he has been involved in horse racing from an early age and trained horses for over 30 years. In later years he has been heavily involved in motorsport, having competed in several Targa Rallys and currently competing in historic muscle car racing. Philip says” I love the fact that not only does this project bring likeminded community groups together, but it has the potential to provide significant benefit to Stratford and the wider area, bringing people to the town and fostering business growth”      

Ian McCaul – A&P Member

I have lived my whole life in the Lepperton district which is in North Taranaki. I left Waitara High School at 16 and started work on the family farm and miked cows for a little over 40 years.

I never wished to do anything but work on the land so feel very fortunate to have been able do so all my working life . I still live in Lepperton with my wife Mary and two children ,and could be called a semi retired dry stock farmer . My family started showing dairy stock at the Stratford show in the 1960s so it was a natural progression that I was eventually elected on to the Stratford A & P executive in the early 2000s and I served as President or 9 years. I have very much enjoyed my time on the A & P working with like minded people who have a common goal. The Stratford Park project has the potential to really make Stratford a go to place in Taranaki and will serve the needs of many people who have been waiting for somebody to dream big and come up with a concept that will fulfil their desires of not having to travel out of the province to take part in their passion. I am excited to be involved in something that I will be able to say that I was there at the very start, bring it on !!!

Paul Vanner – President A&P

Hi my name is Paul Vanner. I have been a dairy farmer all my life. My wife Christine and I manage our own farm in Kaponga milking 180 cows. I have two adult children Mitchell and Kelsey.

After our children finished showing school calves we went on to show cows about 13 years ago. As an extension to this I joined the A & P 9 years ago to be part of the future of maintaining and growing the A & P show.The last two years I have been the president. The Stratford park has been a new and interesting challenge and I’m looking forward to it becoming a great thing for the Stratford community.

Vicki Jagersma – A&P Executive Secretary

Becoming the A&P executive secretary 5 years ago, was a natural progression in my career of customer service and local authority employment, after my young years on the farm.

Giving back to the community that has supported me all my life, and being able to be involved in the Stratford Park project where the Community can play, have fun and be entertained is special and a privilege.

Kim Sharpe – Speedway representative

My husband and I have lived in the Eltham district for over 20 years on our dairy farm. I have been working in the dairy Industry for 18 years and for the past 7 years and currently are working at Pioneer Brand Products.

 I have two children my son Logan has an engineering business located on our farm and my daughter Ella now works on our dairy farm. My involvement with the A & P Association started around 4 years ago when I took up the Secretary’s role of the Taranaki Stockcar Car Club Inc (Stratford Speedway). Communication between both parties is key for the business relationship to be a success. So, this is one of my main focuses within my role. Over my years I have been involved with several community events with a couple of my highlights being a Drought Party at the Hawera Racecourse which was run as a sponsored event which brought 550 plus struggling farmers together, One News plus the rain. A Cure Kids fundraiser in Stratford where we auctioned off the Barrett brothers for a day on a farm and we managed to raise over 50k towards a very good cause. Now my focus is Stratford Speedway where my role now is Public Relations Officer, Sponsorship and Logistics on the Taranaki Stock Car Club Inc committee. This is a volunteer role which certainly consumes any spare time I may have during a season. Although at times this can be challenging it is mostly rewarding when you are apart of a very strong club with a good number of members having skids out on the track doing what they love, this makes all the hard work worthwhile, plus putting on a show for all the spectators most weekends from October through to April. Stratford Speedway also bring several people to Stratford and the wider district which is great, and our job is to make them want to come back.

Chris Uhlenberg – Speedway representative

I have grown up with trucks all my life and I am now a Shareholder with my brothers of Uhlenberg Haulage.
Our family owned and operated business has been operating for over 50 years in Eltham.
I have been involved with the Steering committee for a number of years as one of the Stratford Speedway representatives.
Speedway has been in my blood all my life as a past competitor and now with both of my sons racing. Speedway is a great family sport and as a family we really enjoy being involved in the sport together.
I am excited about the Stratford Park project and what this means to our community.
There is a long road ahead, but I will dedicate the time to be there until the end.

Ross Soffe

I have been farming for 35 years, at Croydon Road, Stratford for about ten years and prior to that  at Tikorangi in North Taranaki. I started showing Milking Shorthorns at the Stratford Show in 1995 and have not missed a show since then.I have been on the Stratford A&P executive for about 20 years.
I have been in full support of the Stratford Park project from the beginning. It is a great opportunity for us all to create something that will continue to evolve our organisation while maintaining our core values of rural lifestyle, livestock and events.

Taneal Goddard – Secretary

My name is Taneal Goddard, I am originally from Cape Town, South Africa. My family and I moved to NZ in hopes of bettering our lives and giving our kids the best opportunities. I have a very strong administrative background, I previously worked at a prestigious University in the Western Cape. I am currently the Secretary for the Stratford Park Steering Committee.

I have learned so much about Stratford and the Taranaki region and fell in love with the people and culture. I love that the project is centred around building something sustainable for the community and for future generations to come. I feel incredibly honoured, humbled and grateful to be a part of the journey.

Donna Yeats – Marketing

I was introduced to the project when I was asked to consider running the Marketing for the Park. I was amazed at the scale and scope of what the team were hoping to achieve.

My passion is being involved in community development projects and projects of impact and this certainly ticks those boxes. I know this has a long term delivery but I hope to be able to see it come to fruition and be enjoyed by the people of Stratford and to put Taranaki on the map. I will be increcibly proud of being part of the team that made it happen.