The Philanthropy Summit 2021 and Board member updates

September 18, 2020


This communication covers key decisions from a PNZ Special Board meeting held on September 10.

The 2021 Philanthropy Summit

The 2021 Philanthropy Summit is shaping up to be one not to be missed, as planning takes shape factoring in the Covid-impacted environment we could still be facing mid-next year.

Traditionally delivered as a two to three-day face to face event in either Auckland or Wellington, the Board has signed off on a high-level plan to run a mixed online and face to face event.

This will involve online keynotes and workshops, and also a day where there will be the opportunity to attend ‘regional viewing parties’ for face to face discussion.

There will be a range of attendance options, ensuring that everyone is able to attend a Summit that meets their needs.

We will be delivering the top quality content our Summits are known for, and still enable the face to face engagement that attendees tell us is such an important part of our events – if this is possible and can be done safely. If one region is in lockdown, or has limits on gatherings, this format can be swiftly adapted.

More details to come so watch this space. If you have any burning questions or bright ideas please contact

Welcoming two new co-opted Board members

At the special meeting the Board co-opted Rātā Foundation Chief Executive Leighton Evans and motivational speaker and public relations consultant Jeremy Fauminā. Both Leighton and Jeremy live in Christchurch. The Board now consists of five elected members and three additional co-opted trustees, to help maximise its skill mix and diversity.

Click here for their bios and to catch up with our current Board.

Our Annual General Meeting and Board member election

None of the five elected Board members have terms expiring before or at the 2020 AGM this December. Given the recent co-option of Leighton, Jeremy and Whetū Campbell (Wellington Community Trust and Māori Advisory Committee member), the Board decided to make one position available for election this year.

An official call for nominations will be sent out in October but if you are interested in standing do let us know. We are expecting to hold the AGM on Thursday 3 December – the formal notice with more detail will be sent out in November. If you would like further information contact –