Our Team | Interlock NZ

Meet the team

In June 2020, we identified a group of community members to form a board of trustees in order to govern the future direction of Interlock. Since then, we have become a registered entity, starting to write comprehensive business plans and policies under the guidance of Community Waikato.


Aaron and Lois Ure

Aaron and Lois Ure have worked in the disability sector for over 30 years across youth, residential care, day service, and aged care settings. Over time, many positive changes have taken place for people living with a disability and their families. As a family, those changes also impacted them and their son's life with Autism, now in his 20s. 

As a couple walking the fine line between consumers and providers, they understand the challenges and confines of working through systems to achieve the right outcome. The confines are not limited to what a person can achieve but include invisible and unspoken boundaries from family, providers and society that prevent personal and social growth. 

Aaron is a visionary driver who loves the hands-on approach, while Lois is a detail and implementer person who enjoys the planning and execution of a good event. Together they are focused on what it means to have a normal life within the confines of an individual's abilities in that present moment. As advocates for their son and community participation, they bring InterlockNZ a wealth of knowledge and practical experiences that will assist Interlock in delivering an ongoing program that continues to provide opportunities for growth, not just for the person identified with a disability but also for their families, caregivers, and community.

Interlock – Aaron and Lois Ure
Interlock – Colin Pearce

Colin Pierce

Colin brings to InterlockNZ a wealth of experience after a career which included executive marketing and sales roles within some of our country’s major companies. Colin went on to establish his own business which became New Zealand’s largest promotional marketing agency.

It’s these skills that created many fundraising events for Child Cancer and Look Good Feel Better and through his guidance and management gained community support to sponsor young adults to attend Outward Bound.

Colin is now committed to bringing these skills to develop and manage relationships with the Cambridge community. 

Harriet Dixon

Harriet is passionate about communities and enabling people to thrive. She manages Cambridge Community House Trust, providing full wrap around services for people and families needing support and guidance. She could see a gap in the Waipa area for supporting people in our community who have disabilities, to enable them to socialise, have fun, gain skills and work experience. The Interlock group fills this need and more, so Harriet jumped at the chance to join the board of trustees to ensure that the group continued their great work. With over 20 years experience in business management, including not for profit charities, she is a strong guiding hand for the governance of the group.

Interlock – Harriet Dixon
Interlock – Bonnie Cannon

Bonny Cannon

Hi! my name is Bonny Cannon and I reside in Cambridge. I am a wife, mother, an aunty, a great aunty, and a teacher. My passion for teaching began 36 years ago and hasn't wavered. It is through my experience as a teacher and mother of a son with a mild intellectual disability that I realized Cambridge needed another service to provide opportunities for individuals beyond the school gate that fulfilled a gap in our community. INTERLOCK is a privilege to be part of and I am excited to see where this journey takes us. I stand proud alongside the committed team members to ensure our young citizens feel included and an integral part of their community.

Christine Missen

Hi, my name is Christine Missen, I am a business owner, wife, mum, and grandmother of 2. I have lived in Cambridge for about 40years, worked here and my children have grown up here and been part of the community. I have always supported groups in Cambridge that have helped my children and others and have loved being involved with fundraising etc on different committees. My daughter Tayla has Down Syndrome and since she left school a few years ago realised what a lack of services there are for young adults with disabilities in our community. Interlock will be an integral part of our Cambridge Community and I am so proud to be part of the team

Interlock – Christine Missen

"“Interlock has been a fantastic platform for my son and myself to build friendships and connections within our community, as well as having fun creating and seeing others enjoying the chance to try new skills and build confidence within themselves. Thanks to the team who do a fantastic job to provide the opportunities for us all.”

Christine Wallace, parent

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