Nikau Porirua

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 when Trust Porirua chose to transfer their $5 million fund to Nikau Foundation to manage in October 2018, we made a commitment to ensuring the maximum return for the community. 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 Porirua region, now and in the future. A vital asset in shaping the city’s future – our aim is to continue to grow the fund so that we can 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

Last year, we received over 70 applications for support. With the guidance of our volunteers, the projects we funded from our named funds and the Porirua Fund include:

Te Ara Moana – Building resilience and confidence in young people through water sports

Mary Potter Hospice – A new community hospice hub for Porirua

New Zealand Festival – Supporting Porirua Festival of Youth

Māori Womens Welfare League  – Cultural mentoring and support for young people

We know that there are many more incredible organisations working across the region making positive social change. It is vital that we grow our network of supporters – ensuring maximum benefit for our communities. If you are passionate about Porirua, you can get involved by:

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

You can read more Porirua news here

The Nikau Porirua District Committee

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

Rebecca Morahan (Chair)

Rebecca Morahan (Chair)

Nikau Foundation Trustee and local Charity Leader

‘The Nikau Porirua Fund brings new and exciting opportunities to our community … The dream is that Porirua will be positively transformed forever through the power of local generosity. 

Porirua is my home and where my community, family and friends live.  It is an honour to be chairing this team as we guide this large pool of assets to achieve funding with impact for Porirua. The dream is that Porirua will be positively transformed forever through the power of local generosity”

Ranei Wineera-Parai

Ranei Wineera-Parai

Ngati Toa, Community Collaborator

“Tena koutou katoa.  I was born in Porirua and after my education returned to live and work here. This is my home and where my heart is.  The Nikau Porirua District Fund will enable exciting opportunities for Porirua and I appreciate the opportunity to be able to share my skills and support impactful initiatives for our wellbeing.  Ka mau te wehi!”

Sue Shotter

Sue Shotter

Corporate Services Manager

“I am excited to be part of the Porirua Fund Committee. I am passionate about using this fund responsibly to support all people of Porirua flourish and grow. I have a background in the delivery of corporate services and have been a resident of Porirua for nearly 30 years”.

Tim Sheppard

Tim Sheppard

Former Trust Porirua Chair and former City Councillor

“As a former trustee and Chair of Trust Porirua I was very pleased our assets were recently transferred to Nikau Foundation. The new Porirua District Fund will benefit from new economies of scale and Nikau’s legal structure as a modern community foundation gives added flexibility. We are now growing our fund while also increasing “impactful” community grants in Porirua. It’s a win-win I’m keen to support!”.

Jess Reiher

Jess Reiher

Student and Social Enterprise Entrepreneur

“Having been blessed to grow up in Porirua, I am so honoured to be a part of this committee and make a tangible impact in our community.  I am in my final year at college (and in 2020 intend to study Commerce at Victoria University), work as a local swimming teacher and have a great passion for purpose-driven enterprise, my business The Final Straw having won the Social Enterprise Award at NZ’s Young Enterprise Awards in 2018. I am immensely excited to work with amazing people and organisations to enhance our beautiful Porirua”.

Izzy Ford

Izzy Ford

Former Trust Porirua Trustee and current Deputy Mayor

“Talofa lava, I’m pleased to be involved with the Porirua District Fund committee, as strategic funding can complement council initiatives and reach into our communities where it’s needed most. As a former Trustee of Trust Porirua and Deputy Mayor it’s good to see such a strong committee really focused on using these funds to the best advantage for Porirua city. Mo le lumana’i”.

Numalani Fonoti

Numalani Fonoti

Charity Fundraiser and Project Manager

“Talofa! I’m passionate about grassroots development and seeing the potential in the people and city of Porirua realised. I bring a combination of fundraising and project management experience in the community development space, having co-ordinated programmes across the not-for-profit, government and education sectors.”

Eleanor Cater

Eleanor Cater

Former Trust Porirua Trustee and Charity/Philanthropy Manager

“It’s reassuring to know that, through Nikau Foundation, our community’s assets are ringfenced for local benefit, and will be safeguarded and grown. Our local people also now have the ability to give back and grow this significant fund for Porirua city, and we as a grants committee have the opportunity to respond to strategic, impactful initiatives. Effectively, there is a new funder in town and the potential for our community groups is huge! Ka pai rā tēnei mahi”.

Porirua District Fund – The story behind the Fund

In 2018, Porirua Community Trust engaged an independent Trust consultant, Mark Cassidy, to review management of the assets of Trust Porirua and options for the future. The strong recommendation from Cassidy’s review was that the most effective option would be that the assets be transferred to a sub-trust administered by Nikau Foundation, Wellington’s community foundation.

Nikau Foundation is committed to ensuring that the original charitable purpose of Trust Porirua continues with the Porirua District Fund. Our aim is to utilise our investment expertise and to continue to grow this fund for Porirua and for future generations.

It is great to have several Porirua Trustees continuing on with the Porirua District Fund committee and assisting Nikau with the strategic direction of this Fund and the focus of the area’s grantmaking.