SkyCity Auckland Community Trust

The SkyCity Auckland Community Trust is proud to contribute to the local community of Auckland by supporting many worthy organisations, both large and small.

To date, the SkyCity Auckland Community Trust has granted over NZ$44.9 million to more than 2,497 charitable organisations that have undertaken community assistance and development work in the greater Auckland area.

For the year ended 30 June 2019, SkyCity Auckland Limited contributed NZ$3,165,487 million to the SkyCity Auckland Community Trust.

Applications for the SkyCity Auckland Community Trust are now closed.

Corporate Social Responsibility

SkyCity Entertainment Group

Claire Walker

Chief People and Culture Officer


The SkyCity Auckland Community Trust’s vision is supporting families to thrive and communities to prosper.

To achieve this, the Trust prioritises funding to organisations whose work will achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

  1. Financial Capability

Families are financially confident, independent and can mitigate debt and debt-causing behaviours.

  1. Employment and Economic Prosperity for Families

Families can generate their own income through the attainment and/or enhancement of work-related skills and training, enterprise and access to work.

  1. Pathways to Employment and Economic Prosperity

Young people are supported to thrive at every stage of their development towards a successful and prosperous adulthood.

Children, young people and families have access to education, are supported in educational pathways and achieve educational success.

  1. Healthy and Stable Families

Families develop attitudes, behaviours and skills that play a positive role in improving their health, safety and resilience.

Priority recipients

We prioritise charitable organisations where we can make the greatest contribution to their long-term sustainability.

  1. Charitable organisations that will thrive from grant funding – i.e. where recipients can demonstrate that funding will assist their organisational learning and sustainability.
  2. Charitable organisations that are community-led or take a collaborative approach for long-term sustainability.
  3. Charitable organisations that are mid-sized over large established or well-funded providers with extensive Government contracts already in place.

Priority target groups

We prioritise funding to support the following target groups:

  1. Children, young people, single parents and/or those living in a low income household.
  2. Those living in areas of high deprivation across Auckland and the Far North.
  3. Those with few or no qualifications, low literacy levels, and/or beneficiaries.



to more than 2497 charitable organisations that have undertaken community assistance and development work in the greater Auckland area.


For the year ended 30 June 2018, SkyCity Auckland Limited contributed NZ$3,165,487 million to the SkyCity Auckland Community Trust.

How to Apply

Applications for the SkyCity Auckland Community Trust have closed for 2019 and will reopen in February 2020.


John Bongard


John Bongard served almost 36 years with New Zealand company, Fisher & Paykel - most recently as CEO and Managing Director prior to his retirement in 2009.

Since his retirement, John has continued his involvement in the New Zealand business and enterprise sector as Chairman of Netball New Zealand, Deputy Chairman of Vodafone Event Centre Trust, Local Chairman BNZ Highbrook, Deputy Chairman Totara Foundation – Totara Hospice, Chairman of PSCTH Thailand, and Director of Meridian Energy, H J Asmuss & Co, NARTA Australia and Williams Warn Limited.

John is also passionate about contributing his time and resource to the South Auckland community where he was raised. He is Chairman of The Rising Foundation, a programme created to assist at-risk youth in Manurewa and Papakura. The Foundation works with parents, schools and other agencies to identify and develop pathways for these teenagers, using outdoor education programmes, one-to-one mentoring and group therapy.

He is an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit – ONZM, for services to business, awarded in the 2010 New Year’s Honours.

Philippa King


Philippa (Pip) King is an Auckland native who has had the good fortune of having three separate career paths.

In the tourism industry she has held senior roles in the retail, inbound and meetings segments including several years in the USA promoting New Zealand as a tourist destination.  She managed the Best of Golf New Zealand and The Best Spas of New Zealand tourism networks.

Her interest in the not-for-profit sector began with voluntary positions with NZSPCA, Lifeline, Kidsline and Manager of Manukau Victim Support.  Pip was the founding Executive Director of The First Tee of New Zealand; a non-profit entity based in East Tamaki that delivers lifeskills education to children through the game of golf and she has served as a Justice of the Peace since 2003. 

In the judiciary, Pip was a bench sitting Justice in the four Auckland District Courts for seven years until 2015 and is currently a Community Magistrate.

Pip brings governance experience as a trustee of Auckland Communities Foundation since 2008 with special focus on effective and strategic granting.

Mervyn Ah Chee


Mervyn Ah Chee has a wealth of community knowledge, having worked and lived locally all his life and spent many years in various community service roles.

Merv has been a member of the Rotary Club of Otahuhu since 1972 and is a Trustee of the Restaurant Association Education Trust and the Papatoetoe Sports Charitable Trust. He is the current Chairman of Totara Hospice Charitable Foundation and an advisor to St Andrew’s Trust.

Merv’s uncle, Tom Ah Chee, opened the first Foodtown Supermarket in 1958 in Otahuhu and from 1960 Merv was involved in further Foodtown stores in Takanini and Kelston.  Merv then spent 39 years in the catering industry, catering significant sporting and corporate events across Auckland.  In 2004, Merv was inducted into the Restaurant Hall of Fame and in 2013 was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for services to hospitality and community.

Valerie Teraitua


Valerie has a wealth of knowledge and experience in public health and community development.

Since 2011, Valerie has served as the manager of the Papataunuku Kokiri Marae, which over this time has become a key space for the community to create significant positive social impact.

Prior to this, Valerie held roles at Manukau City Council as an Injury Prevention Manager, Tamaki Ki Raro Trust as a Youth at Risk Facilitator, and at Work and Income NZ as a work track facilitator/case manager.

Valerie is also an active member of many community groups in South Auckland, including governance experience as a member of the Maori Advisory Panel with Counties Manukau Police and as Chairperson of Koru School.

Rob Campbell


Rob Campbell is currently the Chair of Summerset Group Holdings Limited, Tourism Holdings Limited and WEL Networks Limited and a director of Precinct Properties New Zealand Limited and SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited. Rob has over 30 years’ experience in capital markets and is a director of or advisor to a range of investment fund and private equity groups in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and the United States of America.

Rob Hamilton


Rob Hamilton has been the Chief Financial Officer at SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited since 2014. He also oversees SkyCity’s International Business and ICT function and helps to drive the strategic direction of the SkyCity  Group. Mr. Hamilton served as the Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking at First NZ Capital Limited prior to working at SkyCity  Entertainment Group Limited.

Richard Didsbury


Richard Didsbury is a Director of Auckland International Airport and Hobsonville Land Company and has enjoyed a distinguished career in property investment and development. Richard founded, and is currently a director of, the Kiwi Income Property Trust (KIPT), which is now the largest property vehicle listed on the NZX.

He is well-known for his visionary development of Matakana Village with its esteemed Farmer’s Market, and his passion for art, architecture and wine saw him create a major tourist attraction at Brick Bay.  Richard championed the formation of the Committee for Auckland, in 2002, and is the current chairman.