Passionate and generous throughout her lifetime, Bice Tennyson, was moved to give back to the community where she lived, worked and raised her family.

Dedicating most of her adult years inspiring a love for science in young people. She enjoyed a long and successful career as a science teacher at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, and was well-loved by colleagues and students alike.

Born and bred in Wellington, Bice and her husband, James, a great grandson of the Victorian poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, would spend much of their lives in the city, later moving to the Kāpiti coast to enjoy their retirement. Throughout her life, Bice was a committed supporter of the conservation and preservation of Aotearoa New Zealand’s rich natural heritage, and was even one of Zealandia’s first volunteers.

A passionate advocate for equality, she believed that everyone, no matter their background, should have access to the resources they need to be productive and thrive.

In 2014, Bice established the Bice Tennyson Fund with Nikau Foundation, believing in the community foundation model and our ability to connect her with the impactful work taking place locally. Focussed on supporting disadvantaged youth and environmental conservation, her fund has given out over $11,000 since 2017 to charities making a difference across the region.

Over the past few years, programmes that may not otherwise have been possible, are flourishing because of Bice’s generosity. From family support programmes led by Barnardos, a community garden in Vogeltown where locals can come together, and Nature Schools providing kids with the chance to learn, engage and be inspired by the great outdoors.

At the age of 93, on Sunday 26th April 2020, Bice sadly passed away. On behalf of everyone at Nikau Foundation, we would like to send our deepest condolences to her sons, Alan and David, and her wider family at this truly difficult time. Bice’s legacy is a lasting one, and her generosity will continue to impact our region forever.

If you would like to learn more about Bice’s fund please visit