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Foundation North announces new Trustee appointments

31 August 2021   /   News & reports

Foundation North is delighted to announce the appointment of seven new Trustees to its board. The new Trustees were welcomed virtually to the Foundation via an online pōwhiri, led by the Foundation’s Kaumātua Kevin Prime, which was joined by over 70 people from across the country, and abroad.

New Trustees are:

Sara-Jane Elika – Sara-Jane is a New Zealand-born Samoan, with a background in community law and communications.

Tevita Funaki – Born in Tāmaki Makaurau but raised in Tonga, Tevita is CEO of The Fono, a provider of accessible health services in six centres across Auckland.

Nurain Janah – Born in the Maldives, Nurain is a Chartered Accountant, a speaker and storyteller, and also an advocate for diversity and inclusion.

Ling Ling Liang – Ling Ling worked in the Chinese media for 17 years before joining St. John Northern Region Fundraising Team. She is also Deputy Chair of the International Women’s Association of NZ.

Hana Maihi – Hana is of Ngāti Whātua descent. The youngest Trustee at 28, Hana has a passion for her Iwi/hāpu, the environment and young people.

Stephen Park – Stephen’s background is in health infomatics and clinical quality. He also helped establish and develop The Rule Foundation, a charity dedicated to the wellbeing of Rainbow kiwis.

Stephen Titter – Originally from Taranaki, Stephen is a professional Director and Chartered Accountant who is also on the board of the Selwyn Foundation.

Walter Wells (Ngāti Kuri, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngātiwai) has been appointed Chair of Foundation North. Mr Wells has been a Trustee on the Foundation’s board since September 2020 and takes over as Chair from Bhav Dhillon, whose term as Trustee came to an end on 17 August 2021, after four years of service.

Moving into the position of Deputy Chair is David Whyte (Trustee since June 2019), who replaces Chris Severne in the role. Mr Severne and Trustee Daniel Nakhle have come to the end of their four year terms.

Trustee biographies can be found here.