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Community Trusts – Governing in these times

By Institute of Directors, Centre for Social Impact
17 Sep 2020
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A recording of a webcast held on 16 September 2020 which explored the challenges faced by community trusts and the NFP sector.


This webcast, held in partnership with the Centre for Social Impact, explored the current and future challenges Community Trusts and the not-for-profit sector face due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guest speakers Jonathan Bell, Christine Korako and Caren Rangi discussed:

  • insights from their communities
  • learnings from the first lockdown
  • the changing dynamic between governance and management
  • the importance of communication
  • what’s next for Community Trusts.

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Caren Rangi

Caren is a proud Cook Islands Māori, who has a governance career that spans sixteen years on boards in the broadcasting, health, arts and education sectors. She is a qualified chartered accountant and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Her current board roles include deputy chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand (Creative New Zealand), board member of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, director, Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Ltd, trustee, Pacific Homecare Services and director, Pacific Inc Ltd (trading as Le Va). Caren is also a director of the Cook Islands Investment Corporation in Rarotonga. In addition to her board roles, Caren is an Associate of the Centre for Social Impact.

Caren’s service to governance and leadership was recognised with the awarding of a 2016 New Zealander of the Year Local Hero Award, and the 2018 Linden Estate Hawke’s Bay Business Leader of the Year. In 2018 she was conferred with an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2018, for services to governance and the Pacific community.

Christine Korako

Christine is married to Nuk with four sons aged between 23 & 27 years.

With over 30 years’ experience across the private, public and not for profit sector in management, business ownership and governance Chris's first board appointment was in 1999, Lyttelton Visitor Centre  and her most current Directorship is Chair, Rata Foundation, guardians of over a $640 million endowment or pūtea. Chris has volunteered in the Charitable sector as fund-raiser, board member and Chair, as well as served on Lotteries Funding and earthquake funding committees. Chris mentors women and has an events company that involves a charitable outcome at every event.

Jonathan Bell

Jonathan is General Manager of East & Central Community Trust. With net assets of $178m, ECCT serves the areas of Gisborne District, Wairoa, Napier, Hastings, Central Hawke’s Bay, Tararua, Manawatu, Palmerston North, Horowhenua, Masterton, Carterton, and South Wairarapa. Jonathan, who has been with ECCT for seven years and comes from a banking and finance background and enjoys helping people achieve neat things in their communities. When he’s not signing off grant applications, Jonathan enjoys the great outdoors, especially trout fishing, duck shooting and hunting and keeps his team entertained with his stories and knowledge of nature. He enjoys swimming, cycling and walking to keep fit. Jonathan loves sport and says he is probably New Zealand’s worst armchair critic when it comes to rugby and cricket.


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