Our Staff

To contact any of the BayTrust staff, please feel free to phone on 0800 654 546, or email

Alastair Rhodes

Alastair Rhodes

Alastair Rhodes

Chief Executive

I joined the fantastic BayTrust family in February 2015 after spending two years as CEO of Rotorua International Airport and previously holding senior commercial roles in Air NZ.  My family and I moved from Auckland down to the Bay of Plenty in 2013 and I now reside in Arataki which is between the Mount and Papamoa and within walking distance to the ocean.  I have a huge amount of passion for the Bay of Plenty and truly believe it is one of the best places in the world to raise a family.  BayTrust has played a meaningful role in the Bay of Plenty over the last 25 years and I look forward to continuing this tradition and taking the organisation to the next level in the future.  Please feel free to contact me on any issues or opportunities at any time.

Phone: (07) 578 6546 / Mobile: 021 921 737

Terri Eggleton

Terri Eggleton

Terri Eggleton

Impact Investment and Partnership Manager

I joined the BayTrust team on the 1st of October 2009. I have formal training in Business Studies, Management, Accounting and Economic Development. I am also a former Trustee of BayTrust having served from 2000 to 2008, and hold other governance positions in the community. I have two adult children and one lovely granddaughter.

Phone: (07) 578 6546 / Mobile: 027 2483905

Yvonne Baldock

Yvonne Baldock

Yvonne Baldock

Finance & Office Services Manager

I joined the Trust team in July 2009. Born and bred in Tauranga I have two adult sons and four lovely grandchildren. My formal training includes accounting and business development with my background and experience being Office Management & Administration.  My interests include family, travel and new and interesting challenges. Many years ago I started volunteering in the community and continue to do so today – “one of the greatest gifts you can give is your time”.

Phone: (07) 578 6546   /  Mobile: 021 203 2558

Sam Cummins

Sam Cummins

Sam Cummins

Community Funding and Policy Manager

I joined the BayTrust team in  2015. My background is in social development and public relations. In my spare time I like to surf and try to improve my standing as the Bay of Plenty’s worst fisherman.

I’m privileged to be working with BayTrust to help make the Bay of Plenty the greatest place to be.


Phone: (07) 578 6546 / Mobile: 027 772 3235

Lisa Hickling

Lisa Hickling

Lisa Hickling

Research and Evaluation Manager

I have lived in beautiful Tauranga since 2014 and feel privileged to have been part of the wonderful BayTrust whānau since June 2018. My background is in community psychology, strategic planning and evaluation, and have over the last 30 years worked in the not-for-profit, private and government sectors, from grass-roots to EU level. I have supported various organisations over the years in both hands-on and governance roles and continue to enjoy and see value in this work. I have two boys, two cats and love science fiction books and movies, vege gardening and have an inexplicable penchant for pantomimes and absolutely believe the Bay of Plenty is the best place to be!


Phone: (07) 578 6546   /  Mobile: 022 673 8005

Lotima Vaioleti

Lotima Vaioleti

Lotima Vaioleti

Community and Māori liaison advisor 

Ngati Porou, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngai Te Rangi, NgāPuhi, Te Kingitanga o Tonga

I joined the BayTrust team in June 2021. I am a recent graduate of a Bachelor of Management studies and a Diploma in Te Tohu Paetahi at the University of Waikato. I have worked in many different industries with various types of roles, and now set my sights on the Bay of Plenty. I love a good banter, including but not limited to comparing philosophies, ideas, concepts and perspectives. I am really excited to add value to the team and the Bay of Plenty community. I will work hard with BayTrust to help the communities of the Bay flourish. 

"Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini"

"My success is not my own, but from many others."

Phone: (07) 578 6546 / Mobile: 027 456 8462

Funding Pop up Content

Thank you for showing interest in applying for funding. We fund programmes and projects that work towards achieving our Outcomes and Priorities and contain the Attributes we require. These Outcomes, Priorities and Attributes are listed below.

Strengthened Whanau - Babies and Youth

Rationale: BayTrust recognises the importance of family and whanau as the basic unit in communities – when the family unit is strong, it follows that our communities will be healthy and strong. Our priorities in this area are:

​The first 1000 days of Child’s Life

The first 1000 days of a child’s life is the best time to make an investment into a child, and addressing the needs of a baby means effectively addressing the needs of the family. Evidence supports the value of investment into this phase of a child’s development as cost beneficial


  1. Programmes addressing the needs of families and children, e.g. parenting programmes, especially where addressing those identified at risk or with high needs;
  2. Programmes should have identified outcomes and a long term approach, be based on sound practice and show strong alignment to the effective interventions identified in our research.


BayTrust believes that when Youth are involved and engaged within their community – through a range of activities (work, sport, volunteerism, education) they are more likely to lead productive lives and become good citizens that will provide leadership for our communities in the future.


  1. Activities that support youth engagement;
  2. Youth support services and programmes that encourage youth to be productive members of the community, that are strengths based, have identified outcomes and a long term approach, are based on sound practice and can show strong alignment to the effective interventions identified in our research;
  3. That facilitate youth into post-secondary education, training or employment.

Vulnerable families and children

For a variety of reasons, some families, children and parents need assistance to reach their full potential, improve their lives, or recover from setbacks. Supporting family members to become strong will lead to strong communities.  


  1. Programmes addressing the needs of children, especially those who are at risk or vulnerable, to help them overcome difficulties and thrive
  2. Programmes or activities that support adults/parents who are vulnerable, at risk or disadvantaged
  3. Programmes should have identified outcomes and a long term approach, and be based on sound practice.

Inclusive Communities

Rationale: BayTrust has a role in fostering acceptance of community diversity and assisting those at a disadvantage to participate in and contribute to the community to the best of their ability. 


  1. Programmes that promote general health and wellbeing for those who are disadvantaged – through illness, inequality, age, disability or geographical situation;
  2. Effects of demographic changes on people and activities that focus on how to reduce the negative impacts of these changes, especially those that take a regional perspective;
  3. Activities that promote the acceptance of diversity within our communities

Safe communities

Rationale: Feeling safe within communities is necessary to personal wellbeing and enjoyment of our natural resources.


  1. Lifesaving, Coastguard, water survival and safety organisations and activities;
  2. Search and Rescue operations and organisations;
  3. Community Policing activities and organisations

Healthy Sustainable Housing

Rationale: We recognise the importance of healthy, sustainable housing in enabling people and families to lead healthy, productive lives.


  1. Programmes that address issues of sub-standard housing and or lack of social housing;
  2. Retrofitting insulation programmes where there is a community approach to the programme.


Rationale: Community development encourages communities to address their own issues, build on their own strengths and natural advantages. This builds cohesion, enhances the lives of people within communities and increases their sense of belonging, wellbeing and happiness.  Economic vibrancy, prosperity and jobs that provide a sustainable wage or better, plus all year round employment are essential to retain citizens and enable communities to thrive.


  1. Community organisations and activities that facilitate community development at a community level, encourage community cohesion and pride, volunteerism and equity amongst citizens;
  2. Activities that seek to address economic challenges, or improve economic welfare; the creation of sustainable employment opportunities;
  3. Activities that encourage or support the creation and enhancement of social enterprises.


Rationale: BayTrust recognises the benefit of sport and recreational activities in contributing to the overall health and wellbeing of community members, and the role sport plays in providing a mechanism for inclusion of individuals in a community. BayTrust believes the most strategic manner it can contribute to sport is through its involvement in the CoachForce programme which is delivered across 19 sporting codes across the BOP region by our strategic partner Sport BOP, and achieves recognisable community outcomes.


  1. CoachForce programme due to its wide coverage and identified community benefits;
  2. Other sports and recreational activities that are not supported by CoachForce where the activity is an important part of that community, is well supported by the community and is easily accessible to all.


Rationale: BayTrust believes involvement in arts, culture and heritage, community activities and events enriches people’s lives and increases their sense of wellbeing and connectedness.


  1. Applications for community driven arts, cultural and heritage opportunities / activities that enrich the lives of communities through active participation and that ideally work in a collaborative manner reflecting community priorities e.g. community arts programmes.
  2. Contributions to capital costs (generally up to a maximum of 20%) for buildings or assets where they are of strong local significance or historical importance with considerable wider community benefit.
  3. Events up to $15,000 maximum where the majority of the below elements are present:
  • a free to the public component;
  • high community appeal (the event reflects the interests of a high % of the community);
  • outreach to schools or youth involvement;
  • local community involvement in the organisation and delivery of the event;
  • high volunteer involvement;
  • where BayTrust funding will make a material difference to the event;
  • that have material economic development spin offs.

Tū Māori mai

  1. Activities or programmes that promote a strong Māori cultural identity (including Te Reo and tikanga) and contribute to a range of positive outcomes,
  2. Activities or programmes that help build knowledge of local Māori histories that help build understanding and positive collective futures
  3. Contributions to capital projects on Marae (up to $15k).


Rationale: We need strong community organisations and strong community leaders to deliver good quality programmes and activities that address community needs and aspirations.


  1. Activities that build the capacity and capability of community organisations or social enterprises, especially those that drive greater sustainability; support evaluative practices, service improvement and collaborative practices;
  2. Activities that support and enable community leaders;
  3. Activities that encourage and support volunteerism.


Rationale: The natural environment is fundamental to the sustainability and future of BOP.


  1. Community led natural environmental initiatives;
  2. Activities that promote community involvement in sustainability practices or raise awareness of environmental issues at a community level;
  3. Activities that recognise the natural environment as a cornerstone of sustainable communities and support those that show leadership within this space.


To help determine the likelihood of
funding success BayTrust will apply
its funding strategically by investing
in programmes and activities that
contain the following attributes:

1. Are BOP wide or BOP replicable, and are
       community led.

2. Contain measurable outcomes and
       embedded evaluative practices.

3. Build capacity and capability of
       community groups and individuals who
       are potential community leaders

4. Support those in the BOP who have the
       greatest need

5. Incorporate a Partnership approach

6. Foster Youth engagement and early child

7. Deliver innovative solutions to social issues

Note: the more of these attributes that an application can demonstrate it meets, the more likelihood of funding and the greater the funding that can be accesses.

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