You may have noticed some new faces on our Board. After a formal recruitment process in late 2018 we have added some fresh talent and skills to our governance board.

Nikau Foundation has welcomed Jill Day, Rebecca Morahan, Adrienne Olsen, Adrian Orr, Rachel Roberts and Peter Verhaart on to our Board of Trustees.

Between them they bring a wealth of experience in strategic partnerships, governance, te reo Maori, financial services, communications, public relations, economics and investment.

Farewell to Kevin and Ian
Malaghan Institute Kevin O'Connor Opening the Arthritis Lab c.2006

Malaghan Institute Kevin O’Connor Opening the Arthritis Lab c.2006

Two of our Trustees have stepped down in recent months, Kevin O’Connor and Ian Cassels.

As many of you know, Kevin has been with Nikau Foundation since our inception in 1991 as the Wellington Community Foundation. He was Chair from 2004 – 2013, and will remain on our Audit, Risk and Investment Committee. Kevin and his wife Julia have an endowment fund with Nikau Foundation and are active philanthropists.

Ian Cassels needs no introduction, well-known for his revitalisation of the Wellington CBD and iconic development projects. He will remain an ‘Ambassador at Large’ and continue to support the work of Nikau Foundation.

We are extremely thankful for all of the hard work and dedication Kevin and Ian have demonstrated in their years of volunteering with Nikau Foundation, and wish them all the best.


Ian Cassles winning Gold award 2017

Ian Cassles winning the Wellington Icon award at the Wellington Gold Awards in 2017