AMP Capital – People’s Choice Community Changemakers Award



These awards have been created to recognise New Zealand projects that have achieved positive change

This year TWO AWARDS will be determined by public online vote, showcasing:

  • A community organisation creating positive social or environmental change through a project and the funder that has helped make that change possible.
  • The outstanding achievement of rōpū Māori. This acknowledges a kaupapa Māori organisation run by, and for, Māori, who are achieving extraordinary positive change in their community.

We’re delighted to present the following six finalists. Voting has now closed and the winner will be announced on 16 May 

The Kaupapa Māori Organisation People’s Choice nominees are:





Launched in 2009, WhyOra is a Taranaki organisation dedicated to boosting the number of Māori working in health.  The organisation has an objective to increase the number of Māori working in the health sector.
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The organisation’s kaupapa strongly supports Te Ao Māori as it culturally strengthens the New Zealand health system having employed, qualified Māori in meaningful employment. It also positively influences the health system services and approaches from a Māori perspective, so it is safer for Māori to utilise services available creating healthier community. In 2011, WhyOra’s Incubator programme was introduced to year 12 and 13 students at Hawera and Waitara High Schools. By 2013, all 13 Taranaki secondary schools participated. By 2018 there were over 86 students taking health-related courses at tertiary institutes around New Zealand – studying in various health degrees ranging from Health care assistants to Doctors.



  • Since it began, 91 WhyOra participants have secured full time employment. 18 of the 91 have been supported with a cadetship (paid employment opportunity within a health organisation).
  • As well as those supported into the health sector, 30 of WhyOra’s registered students have transitioned into tertiary non-health degrees. 58 have entered into non-health employment.
  • WhyOra had their first Doctor graduate at the end of 2017 (a former Hawera High School student) and a further nine medical students are in the study pipe line.
  • The pathway programme has already had an impact on the Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB). When WhyOra first began only 6% of the workforce were Māori – now it is 9.8% and continuing to increase.

Reason for nomination: This organisation has increased the Māori health workforce in Taranaki– it also supports WhyOra to assist Taranaki Māori to raise aspirations and break down barriers. Providing pastoral support helps people to enter a career pathway

The TSB Community Trust has been a long-term supporter of WhyOra (formerly known as Whakatipuranga Rima Rau). In the last financial year WhyOra received a grant of $200,000 towards its activities from TSB, along with funding from the Taranaki District Health board, J. R McKenzie and Ministry of Social Development.

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Nominated by TSB

Hikurangi Huataukina Trust (HHT) supports community-led economic development in the communities between Waipiro Bay and Rangitukia and other parts of the East Coast.
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Economic development means more than raising household incomes and entrepreneurship, it also means families being able to live well off the land and sea. The original goals were to: (a) build the capability of hapū members through training and development in business management, enterprise start-ups, sustainable livelihoods and promising opportunities for specific markets; (b) maximise sustainable land development through access to better information and improved communication between owners; and (c) develop platforms to raise local and external capital for investing in new and existing enterprises. HHT state there are exciting opportunities for integrating economic development with environmental conservation, cultural regeneration and traditional subsistence living off the whenua, moana and awa. A number of developments have seen hapū members involved with scientists and national businesses that are creating employment opportunities locally.

Highlights: Hikurangi Huataukina Trust (HHT) is the owner of Hikurangi Enterprises LTD (HEL) which is the charitable company established in 2016 for the purpose of building and supporting commercial enterprises that create jobs and economic development in the Waiapu Valley and the wider East Coast. Dividends from HEL flow to HHT to carry out its charitable purposes. NB: HHT does not operate any commercial ventures. Hikurangi Enterprises Ltd established:

  • Waiapu Investment Ltd. (crowd funders and private investors)
  • Hikurangi Bioactives Limited Partnership
  • Hikurangi Hemp Holding Ltd.
  • Institutional Investors; and
  • Hikurangi Cannabis Company Ltd

Funding: Waiapu Investments Limited is an investment company created to enable members of the community and supporters everywhere to have a real stake in the ventures Hikurangi Group (all the entities) is developing. Developing a registered medicine from cannabis that is grown, processed and licensed in New Zealand is a top priority and Waiapu Investments aim for this to be the first project to receive investor funds from Waiapu Investments. The charitable company is offering most of the ownership in Waiapu Investments to East Coast residents and then the wider public via the PledgeMe equity crowdfunding platform. Over 3,000 people registered interest in the opportunity to own shares in Waiapu Investments. The minimum investment was $50 for 50 shares and the PledgeMe share offer in May 2018 raised $2.4 million. Hikurangi Enterprises has also quickly developed partnerships with public and private research institutions around the country. “We’ve been able to fund new research that we can then use in partnership with other companies to create new intellectual property for novel products.” In 2016 some funds were provided by Philanthropic organisations to begin the process of achieving the Hikurangi Huataukina Moemoeā and goals.

Reason for nomination: HHT provides an exceptional model for other isolated communities to learn from, and share with indigenous peoples globally. Also, for other NGO’s who are exploring ‘earned income’ or ‘social enterprise’ options.

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Nominated by J. R McKenzie Trust

TUIA is a kaupapa that supports the leadership development and capacity of young Māori in communities throughout New Zealand. 
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 Selected rangatahi (young people) and mayors engage in mentoring in a mutually beneficial way on a monthly basis, and involve both informal meetings and formal occasions. These assist the young person’s development and understanding of civic duty and contribution, and the relationship also provides the mayor with the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into inter-generational issues, cultural values, insight, and experiences.

Mayors, councils, and rangathi alike who agree to participate recognise the potential this approach has to effect long-term positive change in their lives, and through them many communities around the country.

Selected rangatahi are expected to undertake approximately 100 hour community contribution project in their respective communities for the year. This will provide the young person an opportunity to share their experiences, practice new strategies and demonstrate leadership.

Rangatahi also have the opportunity to build peer networks nationally with each other on the Programme,  and participate in leadership development opportunities by attending five wānanga over the course of the year.

Many rangatahi who have participated in previous years volunteer in various capacities to support the other rangatahi, and also in the organising of the wānanga

After nine years the Tuia kaupapa has had over 320 rangatahi connect, and has grown other developmental experiences for the rangatahi, where Tuia now host over 25 wānanga per year.

The Tuia kaupapa is rangatahi driven, with governance and support provided by the TUIA Charitable Trust and Mayors. The name ‘Tuia’ means to weave, and is derived from a tauparapara (Māori proverbial saying) that is hundreds of years old. This saying recognises and explains the potential that lies within high trust connections: to past, present and future; to self; and to people and place.

Reason for nomination: Tuia is an awesome kaupapa enabling the next generation of young Māori leaders to contribute and thrive in Te Ao Pākehā and Te Ao Māori. The initiatives they run are youth, Māori and kaupapa driven, and their impact is far reaching in the different whānau and communities they work in.



  • From 2011 to 2019 TUIA have had 50 councils and over 320 rangatahi participate.
  • This year there are 60 rangatahi participants in the first year, with over 85 rangatahi attending each wānanga (organisers are mostly volunteers, and are largely participants from previous years)
  • Participating Mayors from 2011 to 2019 include: Ashburton, Auckland, Balclutha, Carterton, Central Hawkes Bay, Christchurch, Dunedin, Far North, Gore, Gisborne, Hastings, Hauraki, Horowhenua, Hurunui, Hutt City, Kaikoura, Kapiti, Kawerau, Marlborough, Masterton, Matamata-Piako, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Otorohanga, Palmerston North, Porirua, Queenstown-Lakes, Rangitikei, Rotorua, Ruapehu, Selwyn, South Taranaki, South Waikato, South Wairarapa, Southland District Council, Tararua, Tasman, Tauranga, Timaru, Waimakariri, Waipa, Wairoa, Waitaki, Waitomo, Wellington, Western Bay of Plenty, Westland, Whakatane, and Whangarei.
  • Participating iwi and organisations from 2014 to 2019 include: Ngati Ruanui, Ngati Whatua, Te Whanau-a- Apanui, Ngāti Rehua, Waikato, St John, Horizons regional council, Waikato regional council, Papatoetoe/Otara local board, Mangere/Otahuhu Local Board, Papakura local Board, Franklin Local Board, Tuikura, Tuia te Tai Poutini.


Support documents:

Nominated by Todd Foundation

The Community Organisation People’s Choice nominees are:



Life to the Max


Wellington-based Kaibosh was New Zealand’s first food rescue organisation. Their vision is to have Zero Food Poverty, and Zero Food Waste. Kaibosh link the food industry with community groups that support people in need. Over the last year Kaibosh has rescued and redistributed enough food to provide over 708,000 meals.
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Kaibosh have branches in Wellington and the Hutt Valley, and with the help of a dedicated team of more than 200 volunteers, they rescue and sort food seven days a week. They deliver up to 25,000kg of quality surplus food each month to community groups that support people in need. This is the equivalent of 71,000 meals provided to those who need it most, as well providing a staggering 19,400kg reduction in carbon emissions every month.

Highlights: Kaibosh’s achievements over the past few years have been many, and have included:

  • The Lower Hutt branch now receives huge demand for their services and they rescued and redistributed over 92,000kgs of food to community groups in the last financial year.
  • They have secured a permanent home for their Wellington City base following eighteen months of transience after the Kaikoura Earthquake.
  • Over the last year, Kaibosh has rescued and redistributed enough food to provide over 708,000 meals to people in need across Greater Wellington. This was an increase of 23% on the previous reporting year.
  • They now support 65 community groups across Wellington and the Hutt Valley with rescued food.
  • They have a dedicated volunteer base of 225 people who volunteer on a fortnightly roster.

Reason for nomination:  The Gift Trust nominated Kaibosh as an exceptional example of a community organisation, and to honour their ongoing partnership with them. The Gift Trust and their anonymous donors have been delighted to play a small role in Kaibosh’s success. Kaibosh achieves multiple outcomes: providing meals to those who need them, while reducing waste and carbon emissions. Their work supports a further 65 community groups across Wellington with rescued food and has a great impact on other community organisations.

Funding partnership: Kaibosh receive funding from a range of sources including individual donations, fundraising events, grants from trusts, foundations and statutory bodies. The Gift Trust have supported Kaibosh since 2015 with donations totalling $95,000 over the last four years, with another $25,000 pledged this year. The donation was initially used to help Kaibosh set up their new Lower Hutt branch, and it is now given to their general operating costs. The Gift Trust donation is nearly 10% of their total income from donations and fundraising ($268,000).

Support documents: 

Nominated by The Gift Trust 

Life To The Max Whanganui is a social work practise-based Police Youth Development Programme.  It started in 1999 after a group of people from the Whanganui community became concerned about the increasing rate of local youth offending. This group identified the need for a preventive “Youth At Risk” initiative.
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Key people, directly involved in working with youth and their welfare, from both government and community organisations, formed the Life To The Max Trust (LTTM). With local Whanganui Police support of accommodation and resources and a designated Police Youth Aid Liaison Officer, Life To The Max Whanganui has worked with children and young people and their families/whānau since 2001. LTTM is a prevention-based programme established on the understanding that to effectively address offending, the whole family/whānau and the community need to be involved in the solution.  LTTM identifies key risk factors around the four cornerstones of a child/young person’s life family, health, education and community/recreation. LTTM receives referrals of children and young persons who are at risk of committing offences or having poor life outcomes. To address the risk factors for each client however, LTTM must work with their whole family, and other community professionals. The risk factors these families present include criminal behaviour and associations, family violence or abuse, drug/alcohol dependency, poor parenting skills, gang affiliations, mental/personality disorders, low income and negative peers. LTTM’s service is provided over 12 months (or more if required) to comprehensively address every risk factor identified.


  • Life to the Max has a massively positive impact on the youth and families with which it engages. In its last report, it found that out of 28 primary clients (youth) and 120 family members 100% of whānau reported positive behaviour change in their young person, 100% of youth did not re-offend whilst on the service, and 97% of youth did not reoffend up to 3 months after service completion.
  • The appointment of an additional social worker has been able to reduce the waiting list, and keep another eight young people and their families on the programme.

Reason for nomination: The Whanganui Community Foundation (WCF) nominated LLTM as in 2017, they were the first recipient of Whanganui Community Foundation’s “High Engagement Grant”, a new funding structure that allows for comparatively high funding level for a three-year grant. The Foundation was impressed by the collaborative approach displayed by LTTM, including collaboration with Police, Oranga Tamariki, Truancy, Ministry of Education, District Health Services – CAMS, AoD, Public Health, schools and other support services, and the Violence Intervention Network. They have a strong board and governance, led by Judge Lance Rowe. Considering the importance of early intervention, Whanganui Community Foundation sees their investment into LTTM as having very strong alignment with their own goals of achieving greater social wellbeing and connectedness for the people of the Whanganui region. Life to the Max were in a perfect position to take advantage of WCF’s grant designated for Capacity Building and Evaluation. WCF desires to build the capacity of the social sector in Whanganui, in part by funding professional development and evaluative practice. Life to the Max have taken full advantage of this and are enthusiastically engaging with an evaluation partner, something they would not have been able to achieve without this grant. This partnership will result in a much better understanding of their own approach, and will help to strengthen their service and build capacity. The results of the evaluation may be made available to others in the sector.

Funding partnership: Whanganui Community Trust provided a grant of $400,000 over three years. They funded an additional social worker, allowing LTTM to reduce their extensive waiting list times,  and increases their capacity by either familes at any one time. WCT also provided full funding for a comprehensive external evaluation, to allow LTTM to develop capacity as an organisation. The funding for the social worker represents around 25% of total revenue per annum for LTTM Trust.

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Nominated by Whanganui Community Foundation

RAW (Reclaiming Another Woman) has a mission to surround disadvantaged women emerging from an incarcerated environment with all the skills, confidence, and support they need to turn a life of crime into a life of promise.
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The charity was formed to help break New Zealand’s intergenerational cycles of offending, domestic and sexual abuse, poverty and under-education that exists for growing numbers of disadvantaged women and their families. The RAW Charity was established in 2014 by Annah Stretton and the Annah Stretton Foundation. RAW has developed a comprehensive and successful integration support model for a selected group of women offenders who demonstrate a genuine desire to change. This model involves the provision of safe accommodation, mentoring and community partnerships that enable each woman to gain an education, find meaningful employment, rebuild relationships with children and family, and ultimately achieve emotional and financial prosperity. RAW is the only organisation in this country providing intensive support for this group of women on release and has been recognised by NZ Corrections as the only model of its kind successfully breaking a cycle of crime, drugs and violence by targeting the mothers and their tamariki; giving them visibility, acceptance and real choice for a different way of life. RAW’s long-term goals for each woman participating in the model are to:

  • Support each woman to live a legal life.
  • Reconnect a woman with her children; creating a healthy and safe environment for them to prosper in.

Five years into the journey, RAW has expanded its remit with the 2018 launch of RAW On the Inside at Auckland Regional Women’s Corrections Facility. Its goal is to create a culture of hope and ambition for a better future earlier in a woman’s rehabilitation journey.


  • In total, RAW has had 42 recidivist offenders through the model since June 2015 (equivalent to 9% of the national female prison population).
  • To date, other than a couple of offences for minor crime like shoplifting, none of the RAW women have been re-imprisoned for serious or escalating criminal activity.
  • RAW is also achieving impact as a voice for change, including through speaking to community groups to break down barriers and remove the fear; speaking to corporates and industry bodies – for example; RAW spoke to 300 female lawyers on how they can better serve their clients; engaged with school leaders in high-risk areas on how they can be more successful at encouraging children to stay in school; attended the 2018 Criminal Justice Summit with one of the RAW woman making a highly acclaimed contribution during a breakout session; invited to meet with three government ministers in Wellington (Police, Corrections and Justice) to continue and grow the conversation that started at the 2018 Criminal Justice Summit.
  • RAW On the Inside has touched over 180 women and include the introduction of weekly lifestyle and education programmes in prison that provides a stepping stone to RAW’s plan to introduce more structured and vocational learning opportunities in 2019.

Reason for nomination: Gallagher Charitable Trust has been a significant funder of RAW from the outset in 2014. The partnership has been both innovative and far-reaching. The significance and reach of the partnership with Gallagher Charitable Trust is without comparison. Their initial courage, willingness to contribute on multiple levels and enduring commitment has been pivotal in RAW’s growth and development over the last five years. The Gallagher Charitable Trust remains a committed long-term funder and multi-level supporter of the RAW programme. Here’s how:

A meeting of hearts and minds. Gallagher Charitable Trust lent its support to a ground-breaking and, at the time, unproven offender re-integration model. Securing early-stage funding support for initiatives that are not only seen as truly innovative but, are also working in areas that most funders would regard as ‘high risk’ categories, was pivotal to the growth and development of RAW.

Opening the doors to employment. With the Global Head Office for Gallagher (the business enterprise) situated in Hamilton and, a worldwide workforce now numbering over 1,000 staff, Gallagher has not only provided employment opportunities for seven RAW women, but also enabled some of the working-age children of the RAW women to obtain their first job. With the stain of incarceration severely impacting an individual’s ability to secure employment – which is the key that ultimately unlocking the door to financial independence and a legal lifestyle – employment opportunities are worth their weight in gold. The Gallagher culture is genuinely supportive of the transition the RAW women are working through, and the salary enables them to do the small but important act of treating their children after being absent from their lives for long periods of time.

Opening the doors to growth and development. As a company that is committed to nurturing and growing their staff, they have also opened the doors to RAW women participating in leadership training that has enabled them to start to move into positions of responsibility.

Proximity of Funders. The Gallagher Charitable Trust Team, including the founders Sir William and Lady Gallagher have visited the RAW incubation houses where the RAW women live and, attended numerous RAW community functions.

Funding partnership: The Gallagher Charitable Trust provide the majority of the funding to RAW. A small grant is provided by Department of Corrections. Gallagher Chartiable Trust has turned into a multi-year funding partnership which has contributed to the core operating costs of the RAW Charity (i.e. salaries, rent, and property related overheads – power etc.). (Funding breakdown by year: 2014 – $10,000, 2015 – $15,000, multi-year funding 2016 – 2018 $50,000 each year – TOTAL $175,000)

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Nominated by Liz Gibbs

With thanks to our People’s Choice Award sponsor:



  • Nominations are welcomed from Philanthropy New Zealand members only
  • Nominees do not have to be members of Philanthropy New Zealand
  • You are unable to nominate yourself as an individual but you are welcome to nominate a project you have supported
  • Current staff, board members and the Awards Committee of Philanthropy New Zealand are not eligible for nomination
  • All nominations will remain confidential and only successful finalists will be announced.


Selection criteria

Community organisation:

  • Evidence that this project has achieved positive change, in part due to the funding partnerships and other contributions from philanthropy
  • Clear reasoning why this project was started and why it required funding
  • How the funding helped bring about the change and success of the project.

Kaupapa Māori community organisation:

  • Evidence that this project has achieved positive change
  • Clear reasoning why this project was started
  • How it has helped bring about change.


Support materials

All nominations for AMP Capital People’s Choice Community Changemaker Award are asked to submit the following supporting documentation.


  • Photo of nominee(s) (300dpi)
  • Short biography (200 – 300 words)
  • Reference to support the reasons for the nomination.


  • Short video (3 minutes maximum)
  • Additional references and supporting materials
  • Additional photos of their work.

Selection process

  • Submissions will be reviewed by the Awards Committee in March 2019
  • Finalists will be contacted and announced in early April
  • Finalists will then go to public vote to determine the winner in April
  • All finalists will be asked to attend the AMP Capital Cocktail Party at the Philanthropy Summit 2019 on Thursday 16 May, where the winner will be announced. If a finalist is unable to attend the Cocktail Party, they can send a representative.




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