Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation
Thank you for your interest in the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation. It has been established through an extremely generous $38m bequest by Ian Borrin to support legal research and scholarship, and legal writing and legal education for New Zealanders.
After the announcement of this new fund in April 2016, it will be some time before applications for grants are open. We can say that the focus of the fund will support the general vision of “making a difference to New Zealanders’ lives through the law”.
Nikau Foundation took ownership of the assets in December 2016 and the Board has been busy establishing the financial foundation for the organisation. Setting up a new grant-maker is a complex process and there is much to do before we can decide on our first grants. As at May 2017 we are still assessing the amount of funding available for the first grant round and where this will be focused.
Michelle Wanwimolruk has been appointed the Development Manager for the Borrin Foundation to assist with set up. If you would like to be notified when you can put in an application for funding, please email her on