Brenda Smith - Chief Executive

Our Chief Kite Flyer is the link between the Board and the operations.  Brenda ensures that we are on track to reach the goals in our flight plan and our rocket ship is in good order.  Her involvement in the establishment of the Funding Information Service 28 years ago means Brenda has brought the mission of the organisation into focus since her return six years ago.  She enjoys steering a small and agile organisation through the challenges that arise and basking in the calm spots when they arrive.  In her spare time, Brenda manages to dust off her racquet and play the odd game of tennis at her local Vogelmorn Tennis Club.

Arklaine Vailepa - Executive Assistant

Arklaine keeps the Chief Kite Flyer anchored and looks after everything to do with anything; from making sure there is paper in the printer to coordinating some of our more complex work plans and projects. Arklaine is a voracious learner and is always looking for courses that will continue to grow her skills. In her spare time Arklaine enjoys spending time with her family.

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 4 and 1 year old sons, Victor and Oscar. 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.

Allie Thomsen - Communications Advisor

In her role as part-time Communications Advisor for Generosity New Zealand, Allie enjoys connecting with the large range of people, community groups and organisations that operate in New Zealand’s generosity ecosystem. Their stories and kaupapa are core drivers for the work of Generosity New Zealand. With the other half of her time Allie works with young people as a Youth Pastor – a job that often highlights the need for the information GNZ makes accessible.

Andrew Grenfell - Data Analyst

Andrew is charged with maintaining our givME database and ensuring the information is technically organised, grammatically correct and up to date! Andrew enjoys interacting with customers and staff to display new information and contribute his ideas towards any projects which are on the go – and the daily quiz! In his spare time Andrew is rediscovering his interests in water sports, photography and outdoor pursuits.

Mel Landrum - Data Analyst / Administrative Assistant

Mel’s passion for technology and data are two of the many reasons she enjoys working for Generosity NZ. Mel enjoys connecting with and delivering high quality data that is valuable to our customers. In Mel’s spare time she drums, and enjoys calligraphy and drawing.

Lucy Weston-Taylor - Researcher

Since joining the Generosity New Zealand team early in 2017 Lucy has been right in the thick of it with the givINTEL team - including working on the Wellington Funding Mapping Project and the 2017 Business Giving Report. Lucy enjoys working with GNZ's partners to deepen and share our understanding of New Zealand's generosity ecosystem. During staff morning tea you can always count on finding Lucy with two sticks and a string.

Joanne Corook - Business Data Analyst

Joanne’s love for data and passion for testing are some of the reasons why she enjoys working for Generosity New Zealand. She believes in delivering high quality information to the individuals and communities who will benefit from our products.  Joanne spends her weekends bonding with her family and playing with her son Leon.


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.

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. 


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.

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.

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

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.


Brenda Smith, General Manager

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".