Trustees

5 Quick Facts About Our Board of Trustees

  1. The Board is the governing body of the BayTrust and currently has 12 members. They are appointed by the Minister of Finance for four-year terms.
  2. The Board has among its members a balanced representation from throughout the Bay of Plenty and community, investment, legal and financial expertise to enable the Trust to apply broad-based skills and wisdom to it’s governance standards.
  3. The Board is responsible for the policy direction of the BayTrust. This includes strategic planning, budgets and Investments, Grants and other Policies. It delegates the day-to-day management of the Trust to the Chief Executive.
  4. The Board operates under a Charter which includes a Code of Conduct in which all Trustees commit to acting ethically and professionally and to avoid conflicts of interest with respect to their fiduciary responsibilities.
  5. The Board has four standing committees: Audit, Governance, Investments and Dillon Scholarship.

Western Bay Of Plenty Trustees

Michael Christensen

Michael Christensen

Michael Christensen

QSM, JP, Tauranga

Trustee since 2012.

What motivated you to be involved with BayTrust?

I was asked and after spending many years in the greater Bay of Plenty area and on researching the Trust background I saw an opportunity to contribute and be part of an organisation working towards making the bay and its environment a better place for all its people.

What are you most passionate about in supporting the community?

As a father and grandfather then making a difference for the benefit of future generations of young people plus helping to provide a better environment for their future.

What are your three favourite things about the local community where you live?

My three favourite things are - the natural beauty of the harbour and surrounding beaches, the nearby forests and fauna, the people who thrive in this environment together with their sense of pride.

What are you excited about for the future in the Bay of Plenty?

A growing and developing future that strengthens today's economic base and provides diverse opportunities to its people at the same time giving protection to and sustaining all its natural beauty and features, so all can prosper.

 

Simon Clarke

Simon Clarke

Simon Clarke

Tauranga

Simon joined the Board of Trustees in September 2015

What motivated you to be involved with BayTrust? 

The opportunity to contribute to the community where I was raised, have lots of family connections and have lived for a good part of my life.

What are you most passionate about in supporting the community?

Along with my wife and family, I’m a big fan and advocate for our natural environment – the beach, the forest, the rivers, the lakes, and the flora & fauna. The BOP is a special and unique environment. I’m also a strong supporter of the local arts and cultural sign (which needs all the support it can get!).

What are your three favourite things about the local community where you live?

I live in Matua in Tauranga. I love the inner harbour, the estuary walks, the parks, the “stillness” and the great people and sense of community.

What are you excited about for the future in the Bay of Plenty? The BOP is a great place to be.

The opportunities are endless and exciting. I’d love to see the area continue to grow into a diverse, sustainable, vibrant and prosperous region that puts its natural environment at the centre. We need to be confident and a region with a clear point of difference and a strong sense of identity. At the same time, we need to make sure the “rising tide of prosperity” lifts all parts and all the people in our communities.  

 

Rita Nabney- Chair Feb 2019-

Rita Nabney- Chair Feb 2019-

Rita Nabney- Chair 

What motivated you to be involved with BayTrust?

Having lived in the Bay of Plenty and raised a family here I relished the opportunity of being part of an organisation where the Vision is “Bay of Plenty is the greatest  place to be”

What are you most passionate about in supporting the community?

I am passionate about seeing what the money we grant makes in improving the outcomes for many people in their daily lives.

What are your three favourite things about the local community where you live?

I love walking up and around the Mount and seeing so many people who are focused on exercise and sport in our community.

I am passionate about fishing and diving in the Bay of Plenty and think that we are so grateful to have the Pacific Ocean on our doorstep to play in.

I love the social aspect of our community including the café’, bar’s and restaurants and the emerging music scene with the many and diverse concerts occurring.

What are you excited about for the future in the Bay of Plenty?

Watching the Bay grow with the benefits being shared by all.

Steve Napier

Steve Napier

Steve Napier

What motivated you to be involved with BayTrust?

The work is really interesting and the trust is such a great community asset.

What are you most passionate about in supporting the community?

To help people who are struggling.

What are your three favourite things about the local community where you live?

Tauranga has good facilities and is close to the beach and the forest.

What are you excited about for the future in the Bay of Plenty?

Bay of plenty is becoming broader in its commercial activities, which gives younger people more opportunities.

 

Roger Taylor

Roger Taylor

Roger Taylor

What motivated you to be involved with BayTrust?

An opportunity to build and support stronger communities using the knowledge acquired over many years of service in the social, education and health sectors.

What are you most passionate about in supporting the community?

The wellbeing of children and those that care for them.

What are your three favourite things about the local community where you live?

The physical attractiveness of the ocean, mountains, and rivers, the growing influence of Maori in the social and economic activity of the BoP and how more and more relatives are relocating here. A mixed blessing perhaps!          

What are you excited about for the future in the Bay of Plenty?

The growing realisation that the improved well-being of all has a vital role to perform in the overall wellbeing of communities and those who reside within them.

Kristen Joiner

Kristen Joiner

Kristen Joiner

What motivated you to be involved with BayTrust? 

I really appreciate the opportunity to be a part of a committed group of people tackling some of our community's most complex and important problems.

What are you most passionate about in supporting the community?

I am very passionate about caring for our natural environment, promoting environmentally sustainable activities, supporting families and increasing equality in the community.

What are your three favourite things about the local community where you live?

I love tramping in the bush, the influence of Maori culture, and learning about all the amazing local bird life.

What are you excited about for the future in the Bay of Plenty?

I'm excited to see how the Bay of Plenty continues to innovate community solutions to some of our toughest challenges.

Gary Smith

Gary Smith

Gary Smith

What motivated you to be involved with BayTrust?

After many years of working with a number of smaller Charities, it is time to help out with a larger Bay of Plenty funding organisation. 

What are you most passionate about in supporting the community?

The harbour, coastline, parks, hills, mountains and beaches are an amazing resource that many do not get an opportunity to use. Make the unattainable attainable.

What are your three favourite things about the local community where you live?

I enjoy spending time on the harbour and the Bay of Plenty coastline and lakes

What are you excited about for the future in the Bay of Plenty?

After living here all my life, I have seen the Bay of Plenty grow and change as so many more have joined our community. There are some big changes that have to happen. It will be great to be a part of it.

Eastern Bay Of Plenty Trustees

Mawera Karetai

Mawera Karetai

Mawera Karetai

What motivated you to be involved with BayTrust? 

I believe in the values of BayTrust and I wanted to be part of the team that turns the words to actions.

What are you most passionate about in supporting the community?

Making the most of BOP life for our Tamariki and Rangatahi. I want the kids in our community to reflect on growing up here and be happy with their memories.

What are your three favourite things about the local community where you live?

-People still care for each other

-We can live off the land

-There is so much untapped potential for sustainable growth.

What are you excited about for the future in the Bay of Plenty?

I am excited that we have a future. For a long while, the naysayers insisted the BOP would suffer from population migration, leading to failing communities. In fact, the opposite has happened, because many of us chose to lead successful communities. Let’s keep moving forward!

Rotorua Trustees

Maggie Bentley

Maggie Bentley

Maggie Bentley

What motivated you to be involved with BayTrust?

My MP Todd McClay motivated me and gave me 1/2 an hour to decide!!

What are you most passionate about in supporting the community? 

I firmly believe sport is great for the community and young people in particular

What are your three favourite things about the local community where you live? 

Rotorua is my home - I was born here and love the place.  It is central to everything, the climate suits me and know it and its people very well.

What are you excited about for the future in the Bay of Plenty?

It has plenty of room for growth, fresh air, and open spaces.  I believe the port and the geothermal are the Bays biggest assets.

Stephanie Northey

Stephanie Northey

Stephanie Northey

What motivated you to be involved with BayTrust? 

As a family lawyer, I am aware of the issues that face our community.  I saw becoming a trustee as a way to help those who are attempting to make improvements for our community and environment.

What are you most passionate about in supporting the community?

I am passionate about finding the best solutions for children and those most vulnerable. Bay Trust was another way that I could serve my community.

What are your three favourite things about the local community where you live?

There is a maori proverb that perfectly articulates what I love most about my community;

He aha te mea nui o te ao?

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

What is the most important thing in the world?

It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

What are you excited about for the future in the Bay of Plenty?

The Bay trusty is innovative with its granting and I am excited to be part of that. 

Taupo Trustees

Nigel McAdie

Nigel McAdie

Nigel McAdie

Lawyer, Taupo

Chair - Audit and Risk Committee

What motivated you to be involved with BayTrust?

The opportunity to be involved in an organisation that strives to make a measurable difference to peoples’ lives. 

What are you most passionate about in supporting the community?

The focus on the first 1000 days and youth initiatives.  If we can work with our community to build a strong foundation for the future, then we will all stand to benefit in the long term.

What are your three favourite things about the local community where you live?

The people, the environment and the buzz of living in a resort town, being New Zealand’s event capital – there’s always something happening.

What are you excited about for the future in the Bay of Plenty?

The growth being experienced in the Bay of Plenty is exciting – but this also comes with challenges.  We need to make sure everyone has the opportunity to grow and prosper – hence the Trust’s vision “Bay of Plenty is the greatest place to be”. 

Judy Harris

Judy Harris