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.

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.

Maea Hohepa - Principal Analyst of Research and Development

Maea is the newest member to join our GivINTEL team. 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. Outside of work, Maea is kept busy with her 2-year-old daughter, Aria, and 3-year Papillion doggie, Missy.

Stevie-Jean Gear – Communications Advisor

As one of the Communications Advisors for Generosity New Zealand, Stevie-Jean enjoys networking within the community and helping Generosity clients reach their goals. She believes that information is power and is dedicated to delivering key info throughout Generosity’s ecosystem.  Stevie-Jean hails from Te Arawa and Ngai-te-Rangi Iwi however, moved to Wellington to live the “city life”. She is passionate about her Māoritanga and is currently learning to speak Te Reo Māori.

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.

Alexandra Kananghinis - Communications and Business Advisor

After recently finishing her Communications degree at Massey University, Alexandra joins the Marketing and Communications team where she is now looking forward to putting all of that theory into practice and making connections in the community. In her spare time Alexandra enjoys filmmaking, bushwalks and wandering around museums.


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.

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, Chief Executive

As the Chief Executive, 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".