Trustees

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Board has four standing committees: Audit, Governance, Investments and Dillon Scholarship.

 

Western Bay Of Plenty Trustees

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.

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

Co Chair - Investment Committee

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.  

 

Steve Napier

Steve Napier

Steve Napier

Co Chair - Investment Committee

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

Chair - Audit and Risk Committee

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

Chair - Policy and Planning Committee

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

Deputy Chair 

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 BayTrust is innovative with its granting and I am excited to be part of that. 

Taupo Trustees

Nigel McAdie

Nigel McAdie

Nigel McAdie

Lawyer, Taupo

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

Judy Harris

What motivated you to be involved with BayTrust?

I was privileged to be chosen and nominated by Tamati Coffey.  I represent a number if Iwi Trusts in Tuwharetoa Taupo and Turangi regions and familiar with neighbouring Iwi.

What are you most passionate about in supporting the community?

It is rewarding to distribute grants to assist meaningful benefits back to our community.

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

Enjoying our beautiful picture post card view of Lake Taupo and the mountains, swimming at Patuiwi hot springs and boating around to Ngatirorirangi Carvings Mine Bay.

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

I am excited to advance the BayTrust strategy for the future climate change - a biggie for me.

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

Priorities:

  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.

Youth

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.

Priorities:

  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.  

Priorities:

  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. 

Priorities:

  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.

Priorities:

  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.

Priorities:

  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.

PROSPEROUS COMMUNITIES

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.

Priorities:

  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.

ACTIVE COMMUNITIES

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.

Priorities:

  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.

VIBRANT & FUN COMMUNITIES

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.

Priorities:

  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).

STRONGER COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS

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

Priorities:

  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.

IMPROVED NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

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

Priorities:

  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
       development

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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