Tena Koutou Katoa and Welcome

Our Foundation Launch on Thursday 2nd June was a huge success!  Thank you to all who celebrated this significant event with us.  We were particularly grateful to host Sir Stephen Tindall as our guest speaker for the evening and to have the support of our Launch Partners.

Sir Stephen spoke about how community foundations both here in Aotearoa and internationally are helping people to give back to their community in an efficient and meaningful way.  As Sir Stephen suggested, if a typical couple with two children were to leave just 10% of their estate to establish an endowment fund for Taranaki, the community would benefit greatly from their gift and it's unlikely that their children would feel hard done by in receiving 45% each of their estate, rather than 50%.

Regardless of your stage of life or level of wealth, there are many ways that you can be involved in giving back to the Taranaki community through Te Karaka Foundation.  We'd love to find out what you're passionate about and discuss how we can work together for a thriving Taranaki, now and for generations to come.  

Contact us now at or call 06 758 0899 to find out more.

Introducing our Founding Donors

As Te Karaka Foundation Chair Ken Horner conveyed at our launch, at it's core the Foundation is about Taranaki people endowing to Taranaki people.  We have been blown away by the support received from the Taranaki community to date and are delighted to introduce our six Founding Donor endowments: These funds represent over $700,000 in funds received and promised to Te Karaka Foundation. We look forward to supporting these donors in making a lasting difference to our community. 

Our team is confident that there are many others keen to create their own 'gift that keeps on giving' and will continue to offer our Founding Donors opportunity to those wanting to establish their fund during the remainder of 2016.  

Contact our Executive Team at or call 06 758 0899 to find out more.
Foundation Launch
 It was wonderful to have so many of you join us to celebrate our launch.  Our photographer Pip Guthrie managed to capture many of you on camera and you can view her images here.


If you weren't able to be there, we'd love to fill you in on what happened and discuss how Te Karaka Foundation can help Taranaki people, and those with Taranaki at heart, to help make our region a thriving place, now and for generations to come.  

Contact our Executive Team at or call 06 758 0899 to arrange a time to meet.
A huge thanks to our Launch Partners
Our launch event would not have taken place without the generous support of our Launch Partners Billings Lawyers and Boon Goldsmith Bhaskar Brebner Team Architects and Media Sponsor New Zealand Media & Entertainment.   

We'd also like to thank the following businesses for their role in making our launch a success:

Community Group & Charity Funds

We have recently received a number of enquiries from members of existing charities who are interested in establishing a dedicated endowment fund for their organisation.  

If you're on the board of a charity or community group, we encourage you to read our Charity & Community Group Funds Info Sheet to find out how an endowment fund can help to provide for your organisation's long-term sustainability.

To find out more contact us at or call 06 758 0899.


Memorandums for Advisers

Our standard Memorandums of Wishes and Guide for Lawyers are now available online.  You can find all of these files in the Adviser Resources section of our website.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of these documents, please contact Executive Officer Vicki Haylock at or call 021 172 0622

Support for the Foundation

About this time last year, our Executive Officers were fortunate to make the acquaintance of Danny Hall, who subsequently joined our team as a Foundation Supporter to provide marketing expertise and guidance to the Foundation.  Danny runs The Marketing Tree, a marketing consultancy that nurtures business growth and makes marketing easy. We are grateful to have benefited from Danny's support during the important period of establishing our brand, website and marketing material.

Danny says, "I'm a firm believer that 'it takes a village to raise a child'. Since returning to Taranaki with my family after a 15 year absence, my family has thrived. Working with Te Karaka Foundation is one of the ways I can contribute to the community so that all our children thrive.'' 

Find out more about The Marketing Tree

Foundation Supporters
Our Foundation Supporters provide services to the Foundation at a reduced cost or on a pro-bono basis. 
Foundation Supporters are acknowledged on our website here and in our marketing material.  To find out more about becoming a Foundation Supporter, contact our Executive Team at or on 06 758 0899
Find out more
We would welcome the opportunity to discuss the Foundation with you in more detail and explore how we can work together to ensure a thriving Taranaki now and for generations to come. 

Please contact our Executive Officers
to find out more:


Melanie Wilson

021 178 2642

Vicki Haylock

021 172 0622

The Foundation wishes to acknowledge the following organisations for their support:

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