Two women with strong roots in Taranaki leave the TSB Community Trust feeling greatly enthused by the future of the philanthropic organisation.
Keryn Broughton and Te Aroha Hohaia have stepped down after many years of service to the Trust.
Keryn, a barrister specialising in family law, was appointed to the Trust in 2011, serving two four-year terms with passion and curiosity.
She applied to be a Trust member because she wanted to broaden her knowledge: “How can I develop some more governance skills and learn about my community and what’s happening in it?”
The mother of two children, aged 11 and 7, says she gained a great appreciation of working with Trustees from all over Taranaki and insight into the wide variety of groups and organisations seeking support.
Of Ngarauru and Ngati Ruanui descent, Keryn affiliates with Te Wai-o-Turi Marae in Patea, but now lives in New Plymouth, so has a broad view of the region.
“We were collectively looking at applications for multi-million-dollar funding to a small amount given to the salt and pepper collectors club – yes, there is such a club,” she says.
A major highlight of her time on the Trust was the purchase of Fisher Funds. “It was huge in terms of diversification for the TSB (CT).”
She also gained understanding about what was involved in such a valuable acquisition, what went on behind the scenes and the financial skills and support provided by Trustees. “That was a great learning for me.”
The Clifton Park development at Waitara was another “roaring success” for the Trust through collaboration with community groups.
Keryn has also been impressed by the achievements gained from investment into numeracy and literacy programmes, which were already in place before she became a Trustee.
“All supported by this little old bank that went off on its own in the 1980s.”
She has just returned from a national philanthropic conference, where people from around New Zealand expressed their awe at the TSB Community Trust: “You guys are amazing.”
Te Aroha, who graduated with a PhD in Public Policy from Victoria University last September, has also been honoured to serve on a Trust that gives so much back to the region.
The mum of two grown-up girls and nan of four grandchildren, aged 10, 9, 5 and 4, is deeply steeped in Taranaki.
Her iwi are Ngaruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki, and she holds a host of other governance roles.
She is Chairperson of both the Access Radio Taranaki Trust and Te Ara Pae Trust, which provides support for families experiencing family violence. She is in her second term on the Taranaki District Health Board, is a member of iwi trusts and committees and a former South Taranaki District Councillor.
A personal milestone for Te Aroha was seeing the Trust boundary change to include Patea, Waverley and Waitotara, which aligned it with the STDC and TDHB boundaries.
She spent many years as a Community Development Advisor for the Council in Patea and Waverley. “I know too well the challenges they faced to secure funding for their projects.
“It was not just funding, it was an identity issue,” she says, explaining that the missing areas were all part of Taranaki.
Te Aroha says TSB CT’s funding makes a huge difference to the Taranaki community, from supporting operational grants for cups of tea to address isolation among seniors through to hospice shops, kindergartens, schools, and even providing $30,000 worth of tickets for kids and their families to attend a big rugby match.
Another special project was helping to fund START Taranaki in Kaponga, an organisation that provides a residential programme for young men at risk of going to jail.
“I was constantly amazed by things that people do and achieve with very little money. Humans are extraordinary.”
Both Te Aroha and Keryn have faith the Trust will continue its great work, especially through strategic projects, impact investing, collaboration, partnerships, and multi-year funding.
“We need to be brave enough to say, ‘that’s not working, let’s try something different’, Te Aroha says.
“I just hope it keeps doing what it’s doing,” Keryn says. “It’s got so much potential to make such a difference in this community.”
Their last day with the Trust was on May 31.