New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) has appointed a Gisborne Regional Advisory Committee (RAC). Members of the RAC have been selected for their considerable knowledge and experience of the community and sport in Gisborne, and for their awareness of the wider issues and opportunities occurring in the region.
The Chair of NZCT’s Gisborne RAC is Prue Younger, director of Public Impressions Ltd – an events, marketing and public relations company – who is also Chair of Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti and youth trust, Tairawhiti CONNEXT Charitable Trust. She has been a trustee for Tourism Eastland, the Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust and Gisborne Intermediate School.
Prue said of her new responsibility, “I’m excited to play a vital role in helping NZCT to support a vibrant local community in Gisborne through much-needed funding. Primarily, NZCT’s focus is on providing grants that sustain and grow participation in sport and deliver on all the benefits that come from sport. But NZCT are also supporters of arts and culture, social development and schools.”
The other members of the Gisborne RAC are Tina Karaitiana and Sean Shivnan.
Tina Karaitiana has iwi affiliations to Ngati Porou, Ngai Tuhoe and Te Aitanga a Mahaki. She is self-employed and contracted to deliver the Māori Governance and Leadership Diploma for Te Wananga o Aotearoa. She has held numerous governance roles and is currently Chair of Kimihia He Oranga (Tairawhiti Maori Economic Ropu), on the Governance Group for the Regional Economic Development Plan, Tairawhiti Cultural Development Trust, Lottery Bay of Plenty/Gisborne Community Committee and Chelsea Hospital, and is a former Trustee for the Gisborne Theatre War Memorial Trust, and past director for SPARC and Netball NZ.
NZCT Chief Executive Mike Knell said, “We welcome the Gisborne RAC to the NZCT family and look forward to benefiting from their vital expertise and advice to our trustees on strategic funding priorities in the region that will have a positive impact on the community.
“NZCT pioneered the development of Regional Advisory Committees in 2005 and the Gisborne RAC is the ninth we’ve formed. This model has stood the test of time and our committees are made up of highly respected leaders who add local insight to our grants decision-making process so we can make the best strategic decisions for allocating our funds.”