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Our Story

Inspired by the work of a worldwide network of community foundations, a vision was born to create a foundation for our Taranaki community. This vision was brought to life by founding trustees Ken Horner and Paul Goldsmith who established the Foundation in 2015.

It was formally launched to the wider Taranaki community in 2016 to enable people in Taranaki to donate to their favourite causes, or to give to a general fund with the mission to inspire and enable giving for a thriving Taranaki now and for generations to come.

Taranaki Foundation was originally launched as Te Karaka Foundation, with a branding change in early 2021. How the foundation operates and what the foundation stands for remains the same. We are Taranaki’s community foundation, for all of Taranaki and all our people.

Launching a community foundation requires a lot of time, resource and passion from not only those with the idea and vision, but also the wider community stakeholders.

We would like to recognise and acknowledge this generous support of original funding partners and supporters.

The Foundation was originally established with the generous support from Founding Funding Partners: The Tindall Foundation and Toi Foundation (formerly TSB Community Trust) and Founding Supporters: Lysaght-Watt Trust, HTL Insurance, Little Rocket, The Marketing Tree, NZME, Jago Print and Graphics, Tucker Media, Halliwells, Ahu Ahu Beach Villas, Craigs Investment Partners, Billings Lawyers, Boon and BDO.

Our Funding Partners are now NP Partners/NPDC along with the Foundation Supporters.

"The Tindall Foundation has supported the establishment and growth of Community Foundations across the country, including Taranaki Foundation. We are passionate about the wonderful work Community Foundations do to encourage and assist New Zealanders to give generously to support their local community. "
Sir Stephen Tindall - The Tindall Foundation
Inspiring. Giving.

Our Partners

TOI Foundation

Our Supporters

Taranaki Chamber
White Lion Commercial Real Estate
Property Brokers New Plymouth
Strategy Collective