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.

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 - Business Data Analyst

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

Dr Maea Hohepa - Principal Analyst of Research and Development

Maea leads our research team GivINTEL. She brings an extensive Research & Development background across academia and government and a love of all-things-data. Maea will help grow Generosity NZ's analytics products and unleash the power of data to gain meaningful stories and insights about the Generosity Ecosystem in Aotearoa. Maea is currently working on the third Business Giving Report. Outside of work, Maea is kept busy with her 2-year-old daughter, Aria, and 3-year Papillion doggie, Missy.

Valentine Modera - Administration and Data Assistant

Valentine shares her time between the Data team and the Administration team. She is providing both administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the office and helps maintain and update the data behind givME, givUS and givER. Valentine hails from Belgium so in her spare time she loves discovering her new home New Zealand, its walkways, scenery, foods and beers.

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.

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.

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.