We have a long history of giving back to the LGBTQI+ community.
On 9 November 1999, the GABA Charitable Trust was established to separate GABA’s charitable work from its regular activities as a membership and community focused organisation.
Since its founding, the Trust has donated over $300,000 to fund a broad range of LGBTQI+ organisations, individuals, projects and initiatives.
The Trust formally changed its name on 9 January, 2018, becoming the Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust. The new name adopts the now universally understood term 'Rainbow' as reflecting the LGBTQI+ communities, better communicates the national purpose of the Trust, and more closely aligns the Trust’s name with Rainbow Auckland (formerly GABA) and the many other Rainbow organisations in New Zealand.
The Objectives of the Trust:
The principal objective of the Trust is to actively fundraise and attract bequests and donations in order to maintain a fund available to promote the interests of the LGBTQI+ community in New Zealand. The Fund is available on application to individuals and institutions for the explicit purpose of supporting the development of activities in the education, health, welfare, cultural and support services for the benefit of the LGBTQI+ community of New Zealand.
The Trust’s aim is to donate money where it is most needed, and where it will have the greatest impact. Recipients include larger LGBTQI+ organisations that provide a broad range of services to the community, through to numerous lesser known, but equally vital, organisations and projects that sustain the wider LGBTQI+ communities.
Gresham became a GABA/Rainbow Auckland member in 2000 and in 2001 joined the Executive where he took over the Communications role for eight years, serving with Presidents John Reinman, Richy James and Johnny Givins. He became a GABA Charitable Trust Board member in 2008, and in January 2010 was appointed to the role of Chair. In 2018, he helped lead the Trust’s transition from the GABA Charitable Trust to the Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust.
In 2011, Gresham chaired the GABA-led Community Consultation process and then the Auckland Pride Festival Steering Committee which led directly to the formation of the Auckland Pride Festival Trust in 2012. He was one of the Co-Chairs of Auckland Pride through 2013 its inaugural year relaunching the Pride Festival and Parade.
Gresham is a founding Director of e-cast Ltd and General Manager of eTV, NZ’s online educational video distribution service, which has been operating since 2002. -e-cast delivers live and on demand video streaming, hosting and media management platforms and services to a range of business, government clients.
New Zealand born, Gresham lived in Vancouver, Canada for many years where he obtained a BA Communications at Simon Fraser University leading to a career in educational television at the Knowledge Network, before returning to NZ in 1996. In 2002, he produced the award winning series Captain’s Log for TVOne.
A keen sailor and gardener, he lives with his husband, Steve Rogers, in Northcote, Auckland.
Megan is an award winning, self employed Business Analyst and Project Manager.
Megan has been active in the LGBTQI+ community since 1996, taking the first NZ team of softball players to the Gay Games in Amsterdam during September '98, during a period of 10 years where she played, and/or coached and/or managed the Auckland Lesbian Softball Team.
On her return to New Zealand, Megan initiated the annual Labrys Lesbian SoftballTournament which runs to this day. During 1997/1998 she served as the Auckland Regional Coordinator for Gay Sport NZ.
She has served on the ALBA committee from 2007 - 2012, serving three terms as coordinator. During her time, she successfully rebranded ALBA and was responsible for the new look website. Megan resigned from the ALBA committee to take up responsibilities as the Auckland Pride Co-Chair, holding this position until March 2015.
Megan and her wife Tamina are happily ensconced in Sandringham with their three chihuahuas.
Wayne is a qualified accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Auckland University and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is employed as a Chief Financial Officer at Avanti Finance. Wayne is Auckland born and bred, living in Orakei with his partner.
Wayne has been a member of Rainbow Auckland since 2000. He was elected on to the GABA Charitable Trust as Secretary/Treasurer in 2003 and has held the position ever since.
He has been involved with a number of LGBTQI+ organizations over the past 20 years, including time as the Treasurer of Auckland Community AIDS Services Trust (ACAS) and providing honorary audit services to a number of groups in the community.
Karen has owned a number of successful businesses and has an MBA from Auckland University. She has a background in the automotive industry and currently heads the 24/7 nationwide car accident repair company, Crash Management.
Karen and her long-term partner, Nicky, have been Rainbow Auckland members for 20 years, and Karen has served a number of terms on the Executive covering the Presidencies of Brett Shephard, David Grove, Judith Thompson and Johnny Givins. One of her main achievements during that time was to significantly increase female membership and develop a regular programme of women-only events.
Karen has been a Trust board member since the mid 2000's, and an enthusiastic supporter of the annual fund-raising event. This has included donations from her own art collection, and leveraging contacts in the arts, travel and auto sectors for big-ticket auction items.
Born and raised in Wellington, Geoffrey lived in Auckland from 1971 to 1975 working in the computer industry. After living and travelling overseas for seven years, he returned to Auckland in 1982 where he met his partner John.
Geoffrey started designing and developing gardens, a long time passion, which he has built into a successful career.
Geoffrey’s involvement in the gay community started with gay liberation in the early '70s. He was part of the Friday night marches up Queen Street past heckling crowds. He led the Fifth Season Garden Group for three years. He also led the Heroic Gardens Organising Committee for seven of its early years, and again from 2012 until the present time.
Geoffrey has been a Rainbow Auckland member since 1999. He was a founding Board member of the GABA Charitable Trust at its inception in 1999 and was Chair of the Trust from 2006 – 2009. His interest in Rainbow Auckland and the Trust is about building community in LGBTQI+ Auckland. He has found especially rewarding the interviews with the Tertiary Scholarship candidates and meeting the future face of gay leadership.
Cathy is the Publisher at Adrenalin Publishing Ltd — a business that publishes a range of business and automotive magazines and associated digital content. She established Adrenalin in 1992 after a career in the corporate space. She has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Auckland University - BE(Mech) Hons.
Cathy has been a GABA/Rainbow Auckland member since 2006 and is a past Treasurer and Chair of Genderbridge. She is also a member of ALBA. She is a long standing board member of the MPA(Magazine Publishers Association) and Treasurer of the Auckland Wheelbreakers Inc (wheelchair basketball club).
Cathy lives in Pinehill with shared care of her two teenage daughters and full care of her Ragdoll cat.
With a professional background in finance, Richy runs a small Business Consultancy practice, specialising in providing Finance and Management advice to predominately small to medium sized businesses. As well as this, he has had a number of other businesses, including running an Automotive Workshop in Onehunga, a Bar and Restaurant on K’ Road, and more recently, pop-up Homeware stores in Victoria Park and Ponsonby.
Richard has been involved with the Rainbow community for the past 15+ years. Currently he is the Acting President and Treasurer of Rainbow Auckland.
His other community involvement has included:
Trustee of New Zealand AIDS Foundation
Executive Member of HERO Inc.
Involved in running PRIDE 2009
Heroic Gardens Festival Committee
Founding Board Member of Auckland Pride Festival Inc.
Having been associated with a large number of community organisations for many years, Richy believes he has the right skills and experience to manage the relationships with our community partners and stakeholders.
In his spare time Richy enjoys travelling, sailing, and has recently taken up skiing again
Originally from Whangarei, Dean has been living in Auckland Central for a year and a half. He is currently a business sales consultant at an HR firm called Employsure.
He has been on the Trust for just under a year as an advisor from Rainbow Auckland, however has shifted to a full Trustee role since the Rainbow New Zealand re-brand. Dean will be working with Rainbow New Zealand until new trust members join from the regions. Until then, he will bring his youthful opinions to the table.
Dean previously worked within NZME and was apart of their Diversity Committee. He is now trying to get the ball rolling at Employsure to get them involved in events surrounding the Rainbow community. Dean helped out with the Auckland Pride Parade Grandstand this year, along with fellow Trust members, Rainbow Auckland Exec members and other volunteers.
We Need Your Help!
By donating, you can help support the Trust continue to carry out its important work supporting our Rainbow Community.