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Meet the Team

Trustees and Administration  

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Raymond Key,

Chair 

Otago born-and-bred, Raymond Key lives in Queenstown with his wife and three children. He brings financial expertise to the Board after 20 years’ experience in financial markets and investment banking. Ray is passionate about Central Otago and achieving the right outcomes for people living the region.
 
Ray is also a trustee with the Queenstown Community Housing Trust, Whakatipu Community Hub, Vice President of the Whakatipu Rowing Club and Chair of Community Foundations of New Zealand.
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Jennifer Belmont,

 CEO

Jennifer has a rich and varied career from managing a large construction law firm in Los Angeles to hospitality marketing (in the US and in NZ). She and her family moved to Queenstown six years ago, for one ski season that has now turned into a permanent home.
 
For the past 30 years, Jennifer has been involved in many nonprofits and has established several including a California local school foundation, tennis association and a Utah community foundation. She founded the Wakatipu Community Foundation whilst studying studying nonprofit management at Harvard University.
 
Jennifer’s passion is helping nonprofits thrive and grow and playing a little tennis along the way. 
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Stephen Brent

Steve has been in Queenstown for coming up 18 years and he and his wife Sheena have been heavily involved in community on a number of levels.  He is a commercial lawyer and was a trustee of the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust for 9 years from 2009 to 2018 (last 2 years as Chairperson).  He remains heavily involved with the Housing Trust as its lawyer.  He is also Chair of the Whakatipu Junior Golf Club Charitable Trust.  Steve believes that the Foundation is an extremely beneficial initiative which will provide a lasting super impact on the Whakatipu community.  Steve is excited about returning as a trustee to the Foundation.
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Paul Rea

aul is a born and bred southerner who holds a BCom degree from the University of Otago. After a distinguished 35-year career with Mobil, he returned to New Zealand in 2010 and is now largely retired, enjoying the outdoors and supporting the community in various ways.

Paul has been actively with several community organisations and is currently the chair of Arrowtown Creative Arts Society and Club Captain at Millbrook Country Club. His passion for the community and his experience in governance will be invaluable to the foundation.

As a former chair of Port Otago and a director of Waitomo Petroleum Group and start-up company, ROBOS International, Paul has significant governance experience. We are thrilled to have someone of his calibre join us and are looking forward to the expert contributions he will make to the foundation. We believe that Paul's skills, experience, and passion for the community will greatly benefit the foundation and enable us to continue our vital work in supporting the Wakatipu community and our mission of growing local philanthropy.
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Joan Kiernan
Vice Chair

After a twenty-odd year career in telecoms and investment analysis in the UK and Asia,  Joan moved from Hong Kong to Queentown in 2001 with the objective of having a life rather than just a job!
Since then she has served two terms on the Board of Community Trust South, been a Director of Strongbox Wealth Management Ltd for twelve years and was involved in a range of business activities until she retired in 2019.
She is still heavily involved with Rotary at local and South Island level, chairs the Impact100 Grants Committee and is on the Impact100 Governance Committee.   
Joan lives in Queenstown with her wife Monica and enjoys a wide range of the activities available in our wonderful community. Joan & Monica strongly believe that in order to be part of a flourishing community, you have to be prepared to participate in the work required to make that a reality.   
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Kristen Holzman, Impact100 Founder

Kristen Holtzman previously served as Communications Director for the Colorado Attorney General where she established and implemented a communications strategy for the Department of Law. In addition to her work, Kristen has also been extensively involved with community and philanthropic endeavours. Kristen is also committed to her work with the Point Foundation – a UK based charity, which supports Rwandan orphans. Inspired by her four-year-old daughter Ava’s vision, Kristen launched “Ava’s Jammies,” a non-profit initiative designed to provide young orphans with pajamas. In her role as Trustee of the Wakatipu Community Foundation, Kristen launched New Zealand's first Impact100 chapter which = grant $100,000 annually to a charity in the Wakatipu Basin. Kristen graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in International Affairs and a B.S. in Mass Communications and Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Michael Walker

Michael has had a long association with the Wakatipu Basin, and along with his wife and sons,  Jack and Thomas, he is proud to call Arrowtown home. Michael has always been a strong believer in the importance in adding value and giving time to help non-profit organisations in the Community his family resides.

 

Michael is involved in a number of community organisations including in his role as the Chairman of the Queenstown Trails Trust; an organisation with a strong association with the Foundation.

 

Michael is an experienced lawyer and is a partner of local law firm Todd & Walker Law. He is a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors New Zealand and holds degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Otago. 

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Eunice Borrie,
Grants and Scholarships

Euni comes to her role with extensive sales, marketing and management experience after 25 years working for multinationals in the Pharmaceutical industry. 

After graduating from Otago University with a B.Comm in Economics and Marketing, she moved to Auckland, started her career and met husband Adam. 

Euni and her family moved to the Wakatipu nearly 10 years ago, and lives in Arrowtown, which was the location of many holidays while she was growing up in Dunedin. 

Starting a family was the real start of Euni’s volunteering community work. As any parent knows, organisations set up to cater for children such as toy libraries, playgroups, Preschools, Sports clubs and schools rely heavily, if not exclusively, on volunteers. Euni has been an active parent in a number of these as a committee member, treasurer, grant manager, event organizer, volunteer, and wherever she can lend a hand, she will. 

Currently the Chairperson of the Arrowtown School PTA, member of the Wakatipu Impact100 Grants committee and Chairperson of the Impact100 Events committee, Euni describes herself as a person who has trouble saying “No”, and believes that supporting the community she lives in makes it a better place for all of us. 

In her role with the Wakatipu Community Foundation she is setting up scholarships with local donors, and working with not-for-profits and schools on sustainable funding, and in particular focusing on accessing the large amounts of grant funding available throughout NZ. 

Founding Ambassadors

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Sir Eion Edgar

Sir Eion Edgar retired as Chairman of Forsyth Barr Group Ltd in 2018, a Dunedin based firm of Sharebrokers and Investment Bankers and is now their Ambassador, In 2004 he was named The NBR New Zealander of the Year and was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame and received the award of Senior NZer of the Year in 2010. He is the Chairman of the Winter Games NZ Charitable Trust and the Queenstown Resort College. He is Chairman of the Sinclair Investment Group ( Family holding company) and is a former Trustee of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand and The Foundation for Youth Development (formerly Project K), a Life Trustee of The Halberg Disability Foundation, The Rhododendrons for Dunedin Trust and The Skeggs Foundation.
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Kaye Parker

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Mark Taylor

Mark manages a private investment company, Prospect Investment Management Ltd and is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia & New Zealand and  Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.      Being naturally commercially inquisitive Mark has been involved in a number of industries over his investing years with particular interest in property, technology, education and carbon markets.  Close to home Mark is a founding Director and investor in Queenstown Resort College. ​ Mark has previously been the chair of the Wakatipu High School Foundation and Queenstown Alpine Ski team, a Trustee of Wakatipu Health Trust and is currently a member of the Investment Advisory Board for Central Lakes Trust. ​ Living in the Wakatipu permanently since 2002, Mark is married with 5 children, his wife Jane is a Barrister and professional Company Director and occasional QLDC independent hearings Commissioner. Pastimes include skiing, mountain biking and gardening.
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Bill Holland

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Ambassadors 

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Jonathan Gurnsey

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Mathew Rose

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Monica Mulholland

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Ron Mackersy

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Duncan Fea

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Simon Green

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Vicky Onions

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Jim and Karen Boult

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Miranda Spary

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Ann Lockhart

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John Edmonds

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Tess Wethey

Sector Advisors 

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Mel Haarer, Wellbeing

Mel, short for Melisse, is an established wellbeing provider to businesses and community in the Wakatipu.  She is passionate about helping people best look after themselves, and each other.  She found her professional home after spending 18 months voluntarily researching ways to reduce isolation and vulnerability for others in this unique place she has called home for 14 years.
With a BA Hons in Leisure and Tourism Management it was her passion for travel that bought her to New Zealand, from the UK.  Mel is now a proud citizen of both countries.  
Mel is a member of Inner Wheel and is delighted to represent the Wakatipu Community Foundation as their trusted wellbeing advisor, keeping her finger on the pulse across community mental health and wellbeing need.  She is a strong advocate in this highlighted space.
Mel is passionate about driving positive social change, connecting and networking with local businesses and agencies to help our community be more socially sustainable.  She’s most passionate about her little boy who attends Arrowtown School. 
Mel founded an online platform STIG’S ARMY during lockdown 2020 to help community.
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