Brenda Smith, Chief Executive

As the General Manager, Brenda works hard to ensure that Generosity New Zealand is always flying high. Brenda was involved with the Funding Information Service when it founded 25 years ago, and in 2012 returned to lead the organisation into the 21st century. In her spare time, Brenda plays semi-serious tennis where she "gives heaps". 

Ata Te Kanawa, Communication and Sales Manager

With a background in media, publishing and marketing, Ata brings her (often unsolicited) creativity and experience to Generosity New Zealand. Ata is proud of working within the Generosity sector, and wider interests include Indigenous fashion, art and politics. Ata is often called President "Obamata" due to her role as President of the prestigious Thorndon Tennis & Squash Club.

 Xiang Mi, Finance Analyst

Xiang Mi examines financial data that informs business decisions. She is obsessed with numbers and is proficient with financial reports that include forecasts, cost benefit analysis, and other sexy stuff like trending and results analysis. 
Her alternative to chasing numbers is chasing her boisterous two year-old son, Victor. Xiang Mi is also a registered early childhood teacher so one day a week she literally mixes work with being a mum at Victor’s childcare centre.  

Andrew Grenfell, Data Analyst

Andrew is a new (2016) addition to the Generosity NZ team. 
He is charged with updating our givMe and givUS databases to ensure information is technically, factually and grammatically correct. Andrew is on a mission to revisit his interest in marine sports activities and maintaining good health. And thanks to his bookworm habit and a love of sifting through random material, Andrew is already demonstrating stand out qualities in the daily office quiz.


Janette Doblas, Research and Development Analyst

Janette is our prober and numbers cruncher.  She loves flipping stones and none are left unturned in her world of data spreadsheets and analysis graphics.
Despite her small build, Janette provides robust research and systems grunt to the organisation.  Her competitive streak is often played out in social club events and after work activities with the men in her life, hubby Eli and son Zachary.

Board Members

Sam Sefuiva, Chair 

A former Principal Advisor at the Human Rights Commission, Sam now manages an independent social enterprise consultancy in strategy, shared value and synergies between economic and social objectives. Sam's particular expertise is in strategic advice, cultural and economic development and executive leadership, with an interest in building human rights approaches in the Pacific context.

Baden Vertongen

Baden is a Legal and Strategic Advisor with extensive experience in the negotiation and settlement of Treaty of Waitangi Claims, and the protection and utilisation of those assets post-settlement. Baden has lectured and presented on Māori legal issues in New Zealand and abroad, and has published a range of materials on these issues. In his personal time, Baden enjoys spending time with his family, running and mountain biking around the hills of Wellington.

Gavin Holley

Gavin Holley has been a Director in KPMG’s tax division for a number of years, including three years in KPMG’s Information Technology and Communications tax practice in London. He joined KPMG’s Business Advisory team in 2008 to focus on working with private clients, an area he is passionate about. Gavin is experienced in working with business and business owners to achieve their commercial goals.

Nigel Sanderson

Nigel has worked as an organisational change consultant for over 30 years, including with Vodafone, Spark, ANZ, Kiwi Bank, British Telecom and Hewlett Packard (HP). He was a founding Director and shareholder of FundraiseOnline, New Zealand’s first and most globally successful web based fund raising service for the not-for-profit sector, which supported the raising of over $NZD50M for charities around the world.
Nigel continues to work with organisations to support and develop their web and digital capability, and is a frequent speaker at conferences globally, from his base in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

Tina Wehipeihana -Wilson

Tina Wehipeihana -Wilson is GNZ’s newest board member and is Auckland based. Tina has a robust 20 year background in business advisory roles, particularly in the Māori sector.
She hails from Ngati Tukōrehe, Ngati Raukawa, Muaupoko, Rangitane and Ngai Tahu. When not jet setting across the world in her role as Pouārahi / Director Māori Business for NZ Trade & Enterprise, Tina can be found deep in adventures with her hubby Tem, daughter Arahia and three sons, TJ, Kahuao and Aorangi.

Timoti Brown

Timoti brings over 15 years of experience in Māori language research, monitoring and evaluation; and Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) policy. With an ethnically-diverse background, Timoti descends from te kawai taniwha, and affiliated to Ngati Ruapani, Ngati Kahungungu ki Te Wairoa, Rongowhakaata and Te Iwi Moriori. Timoti lives in Wellington with his wife and two children. 

Janet Carson

Janet brings a global perspective and local smarts to her role as a member of the Generosity NZ board. Janet runs her own PR consultancy, Caucus, and is a specialist in energy and infrastructure sectors; having previously been a senior manager with two of New Zealand's most innovative energy companies: Todd Energy and Contact Energy.
She is a board member of The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and Literacy Aotearoa Wellington. Janet is Ngati Rangitihi and Ngati Haka Patuheueheu; she lives in Wellington.

Māori Strategy Committee

Brenda Smith, General Manage

As the General Manager, Brenda works hard to ensure that Generosity New Zealand is always flying high. Brenda was involved with the Funding Information Service when it founded 25 years ago, and in 2012 returned to lead the organisation into the 21st century. In her spare time, Brenda plays semi-serious tennis where she "gives heaps". 

Marama Takao

Marama is the Maori Development Advisor/Kaitohutohu for JR McKenzie Trust and works alongside various community organisations, Iwi, hapū and roopu Māori to support their development. Marama traces her whakapapa to Ngati Rarua, Te Atiawa, Ngati Toa Rangatira, Ngati Tama, Kai Tahu, Ngai Tuhoe, Ngai Te Rangi. 

Te Huia Bill Hamilton

A Manager at the Human Rights Commission, Bill is well versed in Treaty work, Māori issues and Māori communities. Bill negotiated for Nga Rauru when they settled their Treaty claims in 2003. Bill has three children and five mokopuna, and traces his whakapapa to Ngati Kahungunu, Nga Rauru, Ngati Raukawa, Kotimana.