Nikau Kāpiti

 Our aim is to help every New Zealander affect lasting change wherever their heart is. Together, we will ensure local generosity goes to local causes.

More people than ever are motivated to give back to the community where they live, work and raise a family. That’s why in 2013 we launched the Nikau Kāpiti Fund, enabling us to respond to our communities greatest needs. Conserving our natural heritage, cultivating creativity, supporting youth and the health and wellbeing of our communities, we are working hard to ensure we will be there for the Kāpiti region, now and in the future. From Paekakariki to Ōtaki, our aim is to grow the fund to $1 million so that we can continue to provide essential support for organisations that are making a difference on your doorstep. To do this, we are connected into our community working with local people for maximum impact.

Our team of local volunteers help us:

  • Grow our reach and build profile
  • Connect us into the great and impactful work that is going on
  • Help us deepen our engagement across the region

Every year, through the Nikau Kāpiti Fund and some of our named funds, we support essential programmes that rely on annual grants to keep them going, or get them off the ground. Projects we funded last year include:

Birthright Kāpiti – Providing costs for a social worker to support local families

MenzShed – Supporting new facilities to grow their reach and end social isolation for men

Rotary Club of Kāpiti – Preventing youth suicide through an early intervention programme

People First New Zealand – Local support groups for people living with disabilities

We know that there are many more incredible organisations working across the region making positive social change. That’s why we are committed to growing our network of supporters – ensuring that more local generosity goes to local causes. If you are passionate about Kāpiti, you can get involved by:

  • Giving a gift to the Nikau Kāpiti Fund
  • Establishing your own fund or leave a gift in your will to support the region
  • Volunteering your time as part of our Kāpiti Committee

We would like to thank our team of Kāpiti volunteers for their time, energy and commitment:

Mike Olsen (Chair)        Adrienne Bushell               Jane Mortimer

Jennie Langley              Liz Koh                               Richard Mansell

Rod Lingard                   Shirley Clarke                    Tim Burns

‘Together, we can ensure that our region is self-sustaining – providing the resources it needs to thrive now and in the future’

Liz Koh, Kāpiti resident and Nikau Foundation Deputy Chair



Special thanks to our Nikau Kāpiti Fund founder donors

  • Coastlands Shoppingtown Ltd
  • Kāpiti Coast Funeral Home
  • Rotary Club of Kapiti
  • Amnico Trust
  • Adrienne Bushell
  • Don and Janine Hunn
  • Tony Kebbell

Special thanks to our Nikau Kapiti Fund founder donors


  • Liz Koh
  • Ian and Lyn Lindsay
  • Andrew and Merryn Malcolm
  • Mike and Margaret Olsen
  • Bruce and Lyn Robertson
  • Jenny Rowan
  • Margaret Trotter
  • Margaret and Roger Tucker