Kia ora!

The SkyCity Auckland Community Trust is pleased to announce that the next funding round will open on Wednesday, 2nd September at 12pm, 2020.

What You Need To Know

Vision and Strategic Priorities

"Communities engaged and connected, equals thriving communities" is the SkyCity Auckland Community Trust’s vision. 

To support the vision, there are two areas of strategic priority;

  • Community Wellbeing
  • Community Innovation

Organisations who support their community in either or both strategic priority areas are encouraged to apply.  

This year’s priority will be given to applications that support the development and advancement of Rangatahi/Young People through a mix of;

  • Direct funding initiatives for Youth/Rangatahi employability, development and wellbeing
  • Social enterprise and community economies that support Youth/Rangatahi to thrive
  • Initiatives that lift the environment Youth/ Rangatahi exist within
  • Initiatives that ensure Youth/Rangatahi are considered in the context of their Whānau and Community
  • Initiatives that address systemic inequities that pose barriers to Youth/Rangatahi success

Only applications made online using the online form will be accepted. Information on how to apply and funding guidelines can be found by clicking on the hyperlink below.

Applications close at 6pm, Monday 5th October 2020.

Contact Details

To contact the SkyCity Community Investment and Development Team phone 09 363 7005 or email

Corporate Social Responsibility

SkyCity Entertainment Group

Claire Walker

Chief People and Culture Officer


For application guidance on the SkyCity Auckland Community, please see here




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

To apply for the SkyCity Auckland Community Trust, please click here -



Kate Cherrington


Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Wai, Kapotai, Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Pākehā


Kate works across education, community strategy and advancement projects in Aotearoa. She is currently an associate with The Centre for Social Impact based alongside Foundation North in Auckland.  Her roles at the Centre include relationship manager, organisational capacity builder and advisor on strategy development and implementation. Kate specialises in working with groups with a kaupapa Māori focus in education and community strategy, and advancement projects. Her passion is in nurturing emerging community leaders and values-based leadership practice.


Kate is a trustee of Miria marae in Waiomio and serves on Te Manawatoopu the working group for Te Maara a Hineamaru, the governance for Te Runanga o Ngāti Hine. She was the Kāhui Ariki representative on the Waikato Conservation Board, from April 2014-June 2017, is a Council member with NorthTec (Northland Polytechnic) in Whangarei, trustee of Te Putea Whakatupu and provides support to current young iwi leaders in the Advancement of Māori Opportunity (AMO) network across Aotearoa. She is a board member for Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) based in Albuquerque and is also the International Consultant for Te Waka Kai Ora – Māori Organics Aotearoa and a verifier for Hua Parakore – the indigenous verification and validation system for food and related products.


Kate has professional experience in philanthropic strategy and community capacity support, education management, programme and policy development, quality assurance management, Māori language programme development, and wānanga development in NZ. She is a facilitator in the Indigenous Leaders Interactive System™ (ILIS), a structured dialogue tool to assist community groups across the world in planning for success and solving complex issues. She has been a teacher in Te Kōhanga Reo, a Māori cultural ambassador and a performer in the traditional Māori performing arts.


Donald Mann


Ngāti Kahungungu, Ngāti Ruapani, Kingdom of Tonga

Don Mann is the Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation, a non-government organisation which develops and implements public/private sector economic development and socio-cultural initiatives in the Pacific region. Don has over 35 years' experience in leadership roles across the public and private sector including four years as Head of Commercial Partnerships team at Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED). He is the former Commercial General Manager of the NZ Warriors NRL franchise and served 13 years with the NZ Police including seven years as a Detective with the Auckland Criminal Investigation Branch. Don's wife Louise is an experienced executive within the NZ Police. They live in Auckland with their daughters Sarah and Olivia. Don is a graduate of Massey University, a Certified Company Director, a Trustee of The Rising Foundation and an Executive Committee Member of Pacific Business Councils of NZ.

Te Arepa Morehu


Ko Māhuhu-ki-te-rangi te waka

Ko Maungakiekie te maunga

Ko Waitematā te moana

Ko Ngāti Whātua te iwi

Ko Te Arepa Morehu tēnei


Te Arepa is passionate for Māori success and professional in all his enterprises. He is intelligent and honest in everyday life with a high focus on his whānau. Outside of being a Service Designer and Trustee during the day, he likes to spend his spare time rolling around on the ground with his rapidly growingkids on his papakāinga in Ōrākei.


Pru Etcheverry


Pru is a director of an advisory business that works with NGOs, businesses and Government agencies. She works to strengthen the community sector building capacity through developing strategy, enduring business partnerships and sustainable revenue streams. Pru delivers advocacy solutions both internationally and within New Zealand. She has worked with the global non-profit organisation the Lymphoma Coalition for a number of years. While CEO of Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC) she grew LBC from a fledgling organisation to one of New Zealand’s most prominent NGOs and developed sustainable income streams generating $70 million. Prior to working in the NGO sector Pru had a corporate career in healthcare. She is currently the Chair of Te Ira Kāwai (Auckland Regional Biobank), Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and is a director for RAW (Reclaim another Woman). Pru was honoured in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM), acknowledging the national and international impact of her work in the health and NGO sectors.


Sue Suckling


Sue Suckling is an independent director and consultant with over 25years in commercial corporate governance. She is recognised for her leadership in technology innovation space and her deep governance experience.

Sue is currently the Chair of the Insurance and Financial Services Ombudsman Scheme Commission, Jacobsen Holdings Limited, ZAG Ltd, Brannigans Consulting Limited, Rubix Limited and Jade Software Corporation Limited. Previous governance roles include chairing NIWA, Callaghan Innovation, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and AgriQuality Limited, and as a director of Restaurant Brands Limited, Westpac Investments Limited and the New Zealand Dairy Board. She holds an OBE for her contribution to New Zealand Business.

Sue is a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand.


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.

Wi Pere Mita


Te Aitanga-ā-Māhaki, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngai Tahu, Waikato/Tainui

Wi Pere is a lawyer, mediator and consultant with over 10 years' experience in governance and law. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and holds a number of directorships and governance roles in the commercial, not-for-profit and private sectors. Wi Pere has practice experience in the areas of intellectual property, commercial law, HR, media, broadcasting & entertainment law and Māori legal issues.


Veisinia Maka


Veisinia Maka is of Tongan descent and hails from the villages of Folaha and Longoteme. She was raised in the hearty suburbs of Mangere and Panmure. Veisinia is a dedicated advocate for increased youth inclusiveness concerning the development of communities, systems, and processes. She is currently an Undergraduate University of Auckland student studying a Bachelor Arts and Law and hopes to become an appointed New Zealand Judge in the future. Veisinia is the Chairperson of the Tāmaki Youth Council, a YouthLaw Board Member, previously the Chairperson of Auckland Council’s Youth Advisory Panel and a Kiwibank Local Hero. In her spare time, she dedicates her time to writing a blog called, 'Brown Privilege' in the hopes to share her lessons and learnings within institution through the eyes of a young Pasifika woman. She believes that storytelling can change the world and encourages young people to influence change by sharing the one thing that no one can take away from you - your experiences.


Rosie Nathan


Rosie was raised in the small settlement of Oturei which is located south of the northern Kaipara township of Dargaville and towards the Pouto Peninsula. Rosie comes to Foundation North with a wealth of experience in social, education and health service delivery. She has held roles in Wellington, Auckland and Tai Tokerau working with communities and across several government agencies. Her choice of careers has always been driven by her passion, pride and belief in her people; values instilled by her parents and both sets of grandparents. In her many roles Rosie has enjoyed the opportunity to influence policy, community development and service delivery ensuring it worked effectively for Māori. Her whakapapa links are Ngati Whatua, Ngapuhi and Ngati Porou.


Marama Royal


Marama has over 15 years governance experience through various years in government and non-government organisations.