The Board considers applications on a monthly basis (apart from January) and meets on the third Wednesday of each month.


Jean Dolheguy (Chairperson)
Jean has lived in the Mt Wellington Trust area for twenty eight years. She is a retired teacher and is active in the Auckland Branch of the National Council of Women. She was  a community director of the Trust for seven years before becoming an elected trustee in 2016. Since her Election Jean has served as Chairperson of the Foundation and the Charitable Trust. 

Jean is justifiably proud that with prudent management the Foundation returned 45% profit to the community in 2018/19. This is considerably higher than the amount of 40% required by the Department of Internal Affaires. Jean is committed to keeping the gaming machine profits in the area and supporting schools, sports clubs and community organisations to enrich the lives of local people. Helping the young people in our area is a high priority and schools receive $225,000 dollars a year to provide extra technology so that our children can advance their learning. Colleges in the area receive scholarships totalling $120.000 each year as we try to build leadership amongst our young people.Jean has been an advocate of the senior citizens Christmas lunch since it began six years ago and supports the work done by Christian organisations in our area. Jean is behind the work of the Foundation and the Charitable Trust to upgrade sports facilities in the area and provide opportunities for our young people to excel.

The area the Trust covers has seen tremendous development and growth over the last few years and this is reflected in the diverse range of people we now serve. Jean feels a responsibility to make the work of the Trust part of everyones life and attends as many community events as possible to show the level of commitment we have to serving the people of the area.

Alan Verrall

Alan is a long time resident of Panmure/Mt Wellington.  Alan has an initimate and historical knowledge of the are.  He fully understands the hopes and aspirations of the local community groups and sports clubs, particularly those run by volunteer organisations with an accent on youth.

Nerissa Henry
Elected member of the Maungakiekie Tamaki Board and Mt Wellington Licensing Trust Nerissa is very active within her community and has helped establish many respected local initiatives.  Locally born and raised, Nerissa is a mother of two young children and has strong ties with the local sports clubs and the LDS church.  Nerissa has particular passion for the environment and health sectors, and is committed to achieving a thriving, healthy community with a focus on connectedness and support for everyone within it.


Carol Over
A resident of the Mount Wellington Licensing Trust area for more than 40 years, Carol has been involved in numerous sporting, community and service organisations in the area during this time and brings a wealth of local knowledge to the Foundation.  She has a background in business management and administration and has been a Board member of the  Foundation since 2008.

She is a passionate supporter of any meaningful initiatives that help improve outcomes for local families, and, for projects that invest in the future of children and young people in the area, such as the Foundations Spirit of Adventure, Outward Bound and Educational scholarships and, the Computers in Schools programme.  Plus, she is committed to the Foundations  support of providing funds for the  development and growth of local sporting and recreational clubs and facilities, especially those catering for children.   


Executive Staff:
Mr J P Joyce (Manager)
Mrs H Ralph (Grants Administrator)

The grant policy was reviewed on 20th March 2019 and the Board agreed to make a change to the Policy Principles set out below:

The current policy is set out below:

The Mt Wellington Foundation Ltd supports a wide range of organisations reflecting the diverse nature, interests and activities of the community.

The Mt Wellington Foundation Ltd aims to assist organisations in their pursuit of funding and ensures that the funding process is transparent, fair and equitable.

While the Foundation's focus for the distribution of funding is the local community, grants may be regional as long as there is a clear benefit to people from the local community.

The Foundation supports a range of organisations which represent the diverse nature, interests and activities of the community with particular (but not exclusive) focus on those associated with young people.

The Foundation supports funding applications where the organisation demonstrates a contribution to the activity/project from its own resources.

The Foundation encourages organisations to prioritise their requests for grants.  The Foundation would accept up to two applications in any 12 month period for consideration.

The Foundation seeks to actively support organisations which are developing projects for the benefit of the local community from where the Foundation's funds are sourced. Where substantial funding is required organisations are encouraged to discuss their projects with the Foundation early in their planning process.

The Foundation undertakes to publish and review on an annual basis the policies, criteria and systems which cover the distribution of net proceeds under the Gambling Act.

The Foundation's Board assess each funding application from the information provided (and when necessary, request additional information). The assessment process will include:

Consideration as to whether the application fulfils:

  1. The objectives and policies of Mt Wellington Foundation Ltd and specific statement for authorised purposes.
  2. The general legislative and regulatory criteria including the Gaming (Class 4 Net Proceeds) Regulations 2004.
  3. That the allocation of all grants falls within the Society's gaming machine licence which states: "Any charitable, non-commercial purpose that is beneficial to the whole or section of the community within the Auckland region. This shall include but not be limited to:
    Charitable purposes, including any purpose beneficial to the community and which shall include organisations supporting amateur sports, arts, cultural or philanthropic to the extent it is charitable, activities within the Auckland region to further the objectives of those organisations.
    Non-commercial purposes that are beneficial to the whole or a section of the community within the Auckland region."
  4. Careful consideration of each application against the anticipated community benefit plus the following factors need to be taken into account:
    • whether the grant will benefit the local community and/or whether the membership of the organisation resides within the local community;
    • the background and membership of the organisation and that its activities and/or project fall within authorised purposes;
    • assessment of the overall community benefit that will arise and the potential number of beneficiaries, the applicants overall budget and funding request, and overall funding for the project includes a demonstrable contribution from the organisation's own resources;
    • to take into account whether there have been adverse audits of any grants made to the applicant organisation previously;
    • the possibility of funds being misdirected to the detriment of the intended community benefit;
    • grants received by the applicant from the Foundation or where known, from other gaming societies during the past 12 months.
    • fees or benefits that might accrue to any professional fund raisers involved with an application;
    • any commercial gain that might accrue directly or indirectly to venue operators;
    • other organisations from which funding is being sought, i.e. that will enable the project to proceed;
    • that the application is future focused and not retrospective;
    • that, if the grant is approved, the money will be used within 3 months or very soon afterwards or alternatively there must be a programme in place for the project to be completed within the foreseeable future.
    • the provision of appropriate financial information.
    • that for sporting teams to qualify for a grant they must be affiliated to a regional or national body and/or play in a registered competition.

N.B. That the Foundation will undertake a review on an annual basis before 31st March each year of these criteria, systems and policies.

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