Our focus to date
Over the last 15 years, we have dedicated ourselves to supporting a broad spectrum of charitable initiatives and organisations. Our philanthropic journey has encompassed regular monthly donations to the Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust, World Vision, Variety Children’s Charity, Starship, Cure Kids, Surf Life Saving, Kindness Collective (both directly and through the Gattung Foundation), Middlemore Foundation, and disaster relief efforts like those of the Red Cross. We are also proud founding supporters of Coralus (previously SheEO) and have extended our support to various schools and community organisations.
The Prince’s Trust and specifically the He Kakano Programme, is a key charity for our family, supporting youth entrepreneurship.
During our tenure as Founders & Co-CEOs of My Food Bag (2012 – 2018), Cecilia and I were instrumental in leading the company’s donation programme, which generously provided 10,000 meals per month. We also initiated My Food Bag’s Christmas Gifting programme in 2013, focusing on gifting essential items and food to families in need during the festive season. With the incredible support of My Food Bag’s community, this programme has since donated over 100,000 gifts and essential items, working closely with multiple charities, including City Missions.
In April 2016, we launched what was then New Zealand’s most generous private company parental leave scheme, offering 18 weeks of paid leave at full salary. Under our leadership, a Living Wage was introduced, and we established an Employee Relief Fund to assist staff with unforeseen life events.
As COVID-19 impacted New Zealand in March 2020, we, alongside the My Food Bag founding group, responded by donating tens of thousands of meals to families across the nation. Additionally, we have supported various local and global causes to address the challenges brought about by the pandemic, reaffirming our commitment to our communities in times of need.