Our Patron and Ambassadors

Dame Cindy Kiro website

The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand


Dame Cindy is a distinguished researcher and held leadership roles at Massey University, Victoria University Wellington/Te Herenga Waka and the University of Auckland. Her public sector roles have included Children’s Commissioner (the first woman and first Māori to be appointed to the role) membership of the Ministerial Cross-Sector Forum for the Ministry of Education, and Chair of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group.

Dame Cindy has had extensive experience in the public health sector, including a role as General Manager Funding and Services Planning and Māori Health for the Auckland District Health Board. Prior to taking up her role as Governor-General, Dame Cindy was Chief Executive of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. Dame Cindy is the first Māori woman to be appointed as Governor-General and is a champion for social justice, equity and public health. Her guiding principles of kaitiakitanga, oranga and manaakitanga align closely with those of Community Foundations. We are honoured to have Dame Cindy as the first ever Patron of Community Foundations of New Zealand.

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CFNZ Bill Holland

Bill Holland MNZM


Bill helped to establish the Acorn Foundation in the Western Bay of Plenty in 2003 and was Chair of the Foundation for its first eight years. When the Community Foundations of New Zealand was established in 2013 he was elected as founding Chair, and remained as a Board member for eight years, retiring in 2021.

Bill is a lawyer and consultant with Holland Beckett Law in Tauranga and has extensive experience with a wide range of community organisations and activities. He is currently the Chair of the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust and has received a number of community leadership awards, including in 2012 being made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the community.

Bill has always led from the front and encouraged New Zealanders to consider what they can personally do to affect the lasting change they want to see in the world. He has tirelessly supported the establishment of new Community Foundations and has been awarded a Life Membership for his immense contribution and services to Community Foundations across New Zealand. In 2021 Bill was appointed as CFNZ's first official Ambassador.

"Community Foundations potentially have a very important role to play in our communities. They not only encourage people to be generous but also provide the vehicle to maximise the impact of this generosity; so that both the donor and the community benefits."

Neil Craig website

Neil Craig ONZM


Neil founded Craig & Co. Ltd in 1984 and has grown the company to be one of New Zealand’s largest full-service investment advisory and investment banking firms, Craigs Investment Partners. He remains a Director on the Board today.

Neil has contributed to a number of organisations as a Director or in a philanthropic capacity. Around 2003, alongside Bill Holland and Stephen Tindall, Neil helped establish the Acorn Foundation based in Tauranga, which has grown over time to be New Zealand’s largest Community Foundation, in terms of funds under management. Neil later supported the establishment of Community Foundations of New Zealand, to support the growth and regional capability of other Community Foundations across the nation.

Neil’s current Directorships include a number of Private Equity entities providing investment into New Zealand Private Equity Managers and a number of privately held companies, predominantly in primary industry and horticulture. He is also on the Investment Committee for NZ Cricket and BOP Rugby.

In 2016 Neil was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy. In 2022 Neil has been appointed as one of Community Foundations of New Zealand’s founding Ambassadors, acknowledging his immense contribution to the growth of CFNZ and Community Foundations across the country.

Stephen Tindall website

Sir Stephen Tindall


Sir Stephen is Founder of The Warehouse Group and, along with his wife, Lady Margaret Tindall, are Co-founders and Trustees of The Tindall Foundation.

The Tindall Foundation was a founding partner of Community Foundations of New Zealand and has been supporting the establishment and growth of Community Foundations for the past 20 years. Sir Stephen, along with Tauranga Lawyer Bill Holland, studied the Community Foundations model overseas and, together with Neil Craig, helped to establish the Acorn Foundation in Tauranga in 2003. Both Stephen and Margaret are passionate about strengthening the Community Foundation network and are delighted to observe the growth of the network since it began. They are avid supporters of the funding model which is designed so donations and endowments create `forever funds` to support communities in Aotearoa.

The Tindall Foundation supported the establishment of umbrella body Community Foundations of New Zealand in 2013, and continues to support individual Community Foundations through local funding partnerships as Local Donation Managers. Today there are 17 Community Foundations across New Zealand, many of which have received seed funding from The Tindall Foundation.

In 2019 Sir Stephen was elevated to Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business, the community, and the environment. Stephen’s personal goal is to help New Zealanders realise their full potential for the overall benefit of Aotearoa and is proud to have been appointed in 2022 as one of three founding Ambassadors for Community Foundations of New Zealand.

I support the Community Foundation’s model primarily because it has a really proud local focus and enables everyone to be a philanthropist, affecting lasting change in their community. As a not for profit model, it is authentically about community and the future local people want to create and aligns closely with one of The Tindall Foundation’s key goals of growing generosity across Aotearoa New Zealand. I’m really proud to be an ambassador for their mahi.”