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The Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust is committed to making good things happen in our community. Since its inception the Trust has returned over $100 million by way of grants to a range of community causes in Rotorua.

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Here you will find all the latest updates with the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust including media releases, 2016 annual report, newsletters, etc.

The Heritage Collection

Since the year 2000 the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust has been collecting and bringing home important local artworks which now represent a valuable historical record of Rotorua's artistic endeavour.

Trustee Profiles

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Stewart Edward

Chairman

Stewart was educated in Rotorua before attending Victoria and Otago Universities. He eventually returned home and has been a dentist in Rotorua since 1971. Stewart is a Life Member of the NZ Dental Association and is a former President of that Association.

During his time in Rotorua, Stewart has held governance roles in education, health, marae administration, outdoor concerts, community funding, youth activities and prisoner rehabilitation.

From 2001 to 2010 Stewart chaired the Lakes DHB and is currently chair of QE Health business, Chair of Mahi Tahi Akoranga Trust, Youth Projects Trust and Deputy Chair of both the Lakeside Concert Trust and the Nga Pumanawa e Waru Trust.

Tamati Coffey

Deputy Chairman

Tamati Coffey is a household name in New Zealand, but his heart is firmly placed in Rotorua with his family, with is business, Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar and his two dogs. Tamati chairs the collective of Eat Street businesses and also sits on the board of the Rotorua Citizens Club. He is of proud TeArawa heritage and is actively involved in iwi matters and his whanau land blocks. Tamati has been a patron for Rainbow Youth for many years with a passion for helping disadvantaged young people get ahead.

Tamati was elected by the Rotorua community to the board of the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust and currently sits as the Deputy Chair. He has undertaken the portfolio of Education which is in line with his values of understanding that education has the transformational ability to lift people up for the better.

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Jo-Anne La Grouw, MNZM

Trustee

Jo-Anne was the Rotorua Trust Deputy Chairman from 2004 to 2016. Having worked tirelessly in the Rotorua community for the past 35 years, local business-woman, Jo-Anne knows it well.

A former director of the NZ Symphony Orchestra, Jo-Anne is well known for her contribution to the arts. She is currently Chair of the Rotorua Competitions Society and the New Zealand Aria Trust, a founding trustee of the Rotorua Arts Village and a trustee of the Rotorua Museum Centennial Trust. She is also renowned for her work with the Riding for the Disabled and the Life Education Trust where, over the past 20 years, she has promoted fun and novel ways of raising funds for local children. Jo-Anne is a past Chairman of Save the Children Rotorua, representative on the BOP/Gisborne Lotteries Community Trust Grants Board, and the BOP Business Development Board.

Jo-Anne enjoys tending her two acre garden where, with her husband Joe, she hosts many fund-raising functions each year. Born in Blenheim and raised and educated in New Plymouth, Jo-Anne has three children and seven grandchildren all living in Rotorua.

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Sandra Kai Fong

Trustee

Sandra Kai Fong has now been elected for a third term. Previously Sandra spent eight years as a trustee on BayTrust, where she chaired the Investments Committee. She is also on the board of QE Health. Sandra is also the chair of Philanthropy NZ which provides thought leadership and practical help for everyone with an interest in giving through effective philanthropy and grant making. Sandra is the trust’s representative on the Mercer Advisory Committee.
Sandra previously practiced law and specialised in civil and commercial litigation. She was a partner in the Rotorua law firm McKechnie Quirke and Lewis for 22 years.

Sandra currently works doing event management and sponsorship on contract, and has an online business selling merino fabric all over the world.
Sandra is married to Tim Rigter, the General Manager at Red Stag Timber and they have 2 children Katie who is now an engineer and Marc who is studying aerospace engineering at Sydney University.

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Merepeka Raukawa¬-Tait

Trustee

Merepeka, Te Arawa, is a Rotorua Lakes Councillor, Lakes District Health Board member, Chair of Te Pou Matakana the North Island Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency, Trustee of Te Mana o Ngati Rangitihi Trust a Post Settlement Treaty Entity, Trustee of Te Roopu Taurima an organisation providing residential care for those with physical and intellectual disabilities, and appointee to the Maori Reference Group (Ministry of Social Development) on the Elimination of Family Violence. All these positions reflect the breadth and depth of skills and knowledge, in a wide range of areas, she brings to the Rotorua Trust. She has worked in the public, private and NGO sectors in Switzerland and New Zealand.

Merepeka says the Rotorua Trust has a proud grants history that has contributed to the growth and development of community groups, organisations and people. She is future focused, knows challenges lie ahead and is prepared to ask “what can we do differently”.

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‘Aunty’ Bea Yates

Trustee

A true Rotorua identity, ‘Aunty’ Bea Yates has earned a high profile in the City as an educator, entertainer, cultural performer, Ambassador for Aotearoa and the author of many children’s bilingual books. She received the Queens Service Medal (QSM) in 1993; the Paul Harris Rotary Scholarship Award for long and dedicated service to the community in 1997; the NZ Order of Merit in 2012 and, in 2016, both the NZ Minister of Health Volunteer Award and the NZ Zonta National Woman of the Year. She remains actively involved in a number of iwi/hapu activities as a trustee and volunteer.

Aunty Bea is a practicing JP. She strongly believes that people are our most important asset and is committed to working with people to lead positive change in our community.

He tangata! He tangata!