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Judge Ian Borrin's $30m bequest to the law

A man who has dedicated his life to the law, Retired Judge, Ian Borrin, has established, through his will, a $30m endowment fund devoted to the development of legal education and research for the betterment of New Zealand’s legal system.  The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation will promote legal scholarship in all areas of the law and the development of legal research, scholarship, writing and education.  Read the full press release.

The new endowment fund will be managed by Nikau Foundation once Judge Borrin's estate has been finalised.  This is expected to occur in late 2016.  Until this transfer occurs the estate's assets will be managed by the estate's trustees, who are independent of Nikau Foundation.

The Chief Justice, Sian Elias, said that Ian Borrin's generosity was a gift not only to the legal community but to the whole of New Zealand.  "He knew that the rule of law underpins any community and he believed very strongly in its importance for New Zealand".  Read the full statement by Chief Justice Sian Elias.


Ian Borrin Memorial Service Sheet

In announcing the establishment of Ian's fund to his memorial service, Kevin O'Connor, Immediate Past Chair of Nikau Foundation, said "it is a privilege to announce to you today that on 21 July 2015 Ian and Jenny established the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation, so named in honour and remembrance of Ian’s parents.Read Kevin O'Connor's full address.


Nikau Foundation Annual Report published

The 2015 Annual Report is now available. See here.  The audited annual accounts are here.

Nikau Foundation appoints new General Manager



The Nikau Foundation has appointed a new General Manager who brings a wealth of experience from the community and voluntary sector.  Louise Parkin has had 25 years working with hundreds of charitable and philanthropic organisations both in New Zealand and internationally.
After a ten-year stint in London, she returned home in 2000 and founded Saints Information - Asia-Pacific’s largest fundraising research agency where she worked for 12 years.  Ms Parkin joined Philanthropy New Zealand the same year and was introduced to the joy of giving through her work with former Wellington philanthropists, Ian and Elespie Prior, who were great supporters of the arts.
After the sale of Saints to Global Philanthropic, she filled an industry gap by establishing Execucare NZ Ltd - a boutique recruitment agency specialising in charity management, fundraising, marketing and communications roles.  She was awarded a fellowship of the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand in 2013 for her contribution to the fundraising profession through both of these capacity-building initiatives.
Ms Parkin is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Business (Philanthropy and Non-Profit Studies) at Queensland University of Technology and is focusing her research work on Disaster Philanthropy. On her appointment to the role at Nikau she says:
 “I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with the excellent Board and team at Nikau Foundation, alongside other funders to make a difference to the Wellington Region.  I hope to use my significant sector qualifications, experience and networks to encourage philanthropy and develop strategic, innovative grant making within the community foundation model."
The Nikau Foundation is part of a world-wide network of community foundations set up to benefit a specific geographic area,
in this case the Wellington region. The Foundation manages 22 endowment funds which benefit the arts, education, social and youth projects, the environment and beyond. It does this through the generosity of local donors. The funds it manages grew 100 per cent in the last year.
Ms Parkin has been working at Nikau Foundation as their Philanthropy Advisor for the last six months and will be taking up the role of General Manager in January 2016.
In her spare time, she teaches the Japanese martial art of aikido to adults and children. Her personal philanthropy is for the benefit of the environment and international aid.


New promotional video for the Nikau Foundation celebrates our work 

View and like our new video - explaining the great work that the Nikau Foundation does. Thanks to French filmmakers Chloe Ledoux and Nicolas Brikke who donated their time and expertise to make this.

New promotional video for the Nikau Foundation celebrates our work 

View and like our new video - explaining the great work that the Nikau Foundation does. Thanks to French filmmakers Chloe Ledoux and Nicolas Brikke who donated their time and expertise to make this.

Nikau Foundation Winter newsletter

The new newsletter is out. Click here to view.
New Fund - Donor Story - Mike Olsen - Inspiring our Kids to be Something Better

At 5am on Anzac Day, Mike Olsen scrambled up a ladder to plug in the power for his tape recorder. He was recording the bugle player at the Paihiatua RSA Anzac Day dawn parade. Mike was 13 years old. These seeds of being involved in community led him to a successful business life.  Not content with that, he and his wife, Margaret, want to help develop future leaders from the Kapiti Coast.  The result is the Mike & Margaret Olsen Endowment Fund.  Read more.

Corporate Challenge Awards 2015
Funded by the Nikau Foundation the Corporate Challenge run by Volunteer Wellington has over the past 12 months, linked up 1000 employee volunteers with 100 community projects across the wider Wellington region.

The awards evening on June 25, recognized the contribution by the employees, employers and those who benefited from the volunteering. Read more.

New cafe goes far beyond a cup of coffee
A social enterprise coffee cart is making a big impact in lower Cuba Street thanks to a social loan through the Nikau Foundation. Scottie Reeve is venture manager for Zeal Education Trust, says Zeal aims to “transform youth through creativity”. Read more

New Nikau grants evening - 2nd December 2014

At our Nikau Foundation grants function for 2014, we gave out grants to 31 not-for-profits in the Wellington region. Grants totalled $147,000. For a full list, please go here.  Thanks to our donors and supporters, Nikau is able to make a lasting change.    Read More  PDF

More new funds announced

The last 12 months have seen a 75% increase in Nikau's funds under management.   Nikau thanks those who have embraced the concept of community foundations - Give to what you care about, forever

The Mike & Margaret Olsen Endowment Fund - established to support youth leadership. 
Read more.

The Roger Hall Theatre Endowment Fund - Saturday 15th November 2014 saw the opening night at Circa of Roger Hall's latest Christmas pantomime, Little Red Riding Hood.  It also marked the public launch of Roger's own fund, The Roger Hall Theatre Endowment Fund.  Roger has transferred his existing trust to us.  The first grant has been given to Circa Theatre to support their Millionth Bum Campaign to buy new seats.

The Bice Tennyson Endowment Fund for habitat protection. This fund will also support people with a disablement.


The Francis and Dianne Small Endowment Fund for the relief of poverty and the advancement of health and education and any other matter beneficial to the community of the Wellington region.

The Kapiti Community Enterprises Endowment Fund to give training and employment opportunities for handicapped people in the Kapiti area.

The Judith Clark Memorial Fund in support of the education of both young musicians and music teachers.


The Alastair Robb Numismatics Fund to assist and promote the study of all aspects of numismatics, especially coins, bank notes, medals and tokens to all interested individuals in New Zealand.

New Nikau Club members

Nikau Club members provide a generous annual donation that contributes to funding our operational costs. Thanks to their continuing support, we are able to continue to charge a very low annual management fee for the funds we manage.  This year we welcome new members - Theresa Gattung, Francis & Dianne Small and Annabel McCallum. Full list of Nikau Club members.

Tindall Foundation grants benefit community

Nikau Foundation is a funding manager for The Tindall Foundation for the Wellington Region.  On November 6, 2014 we presented the latest round of grants to not-for-profit organisations. We had 15% more to give this year, thanks to an increase in funding from the Foundation. Thank you to those groups that came to the event, especially those who shared their stories of how the Tindall and Nikau Foundation positively impact community. And thank you to Mayor Celia Wade-Brown for hosting the evening at Museum of Wellington City & Sea.   See here for a full list of recipients.


Nikau Supporter Committed to Kapiti

Not only is Real Estate Agent, Margaret Tucker a Founder Donor of the Nikau Kapiti Fund, she has also pledged her ongoing commitment to the region by donating a percentage of the house sales she makes to the Nikau Kapiti Fund. With such generous benefactors, the fund is set to grow and support Kapiti residents forever.

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