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Taranaki Foundation connects generous people and organisations to activities that nurture and build the prosperity of our region through community giving, partnerships and philanthropy.

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Taranaki Hauora Fund

When Kelvin Squire joined our foundation as a Trustee in 2016 he never dreamt that two years later he and his wife Carolyn would be establishing the Taranaki Hauora Fund in memory of their son Leon who died, aged 43, in 2017.

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Valerie Webber

The Foundation’s ninth Named Fund was set up in memory of Valerie Webber. Valerie was a life-long resident of Taranaki and a dedicated participant in and supporter of local voluntary organisations and sporting associations.

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Dr BF Clarke

Our foundation’s second Named Fund was set up in memory of Dr Basil Clarke by his niece and former Te Karaka Foundation CEO Vicki Haylock. Dr Clarke was a prominent diabetes specialist who worked in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

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Ken and Jennifer Horner

Ken and Jennifer Horner are a well-known Hāwera couple with a family history of supporting the community reaching back generations. As part of their commitment to Taranaki, they have created a Named Fund with Taranaki Foundation.

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Harry and Helen Bayliss

Founding donors Helen and Harry Bayliss are both from rural backgrounds and met while studying Agricultural Science at Massey University. Armed with degrees, determination and no fear of hard work, they managed to buy their first farm in Taranaki.

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Terry and Angela Boon

Terry and Angela Boon feel strongly about giving back. Terry is a fourth generation Taranaki resident, while his wife Angela moved to the region in 1970.

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Winifred Knight

In 2015 the Winifred Knight Trust was transferred to Taranaki Foundation (then Te Karaka Foundation) becoming our first Named Fund. For 25 years, the Winifred Knight Trust has helped meet educational, community, cultural and recreational needs in Taranaki.

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Taranaki Foundation announced as the Official Charity Partner of Taranaki Rugby

Taranaki Foundation Official Charity Partner of Taranaki Rugby.

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Ohangi Centennial Teaching Scholarship Recipient

Hawera High School graduate Elyssa Urgino is the most recent recipient of the Ohangai Centennial Teaching Scholarship from the Winifred Knight Trust.

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