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.
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.
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.
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.
Asma is a successful national business and residential sales manager corporate with a background in, Commodities, freight, legal, finance, insurance, foreign exchange, anti-money laundering, marketing and events. Also, a director – entrepreneur of New Zealand’s leading children’s entertainment business. Her key focus is partnerships and solution based long-term relationships.
New Zealand born Fijian Indian has been elected as a trustee and takes pride in embracing the rainbow community. Asma is a member of Rainbow Auckland and ALBA. Asma has teamed with a number of decision makers across NZ from LGBTQI+ circle taking the lead in supporting them passionately actively collaborates with people in the community to create awareness and spread diversity inviting people to connect being heard with a strong desire to make a difference. Is grouped with the LGBTQI+ equality community in Fiji and will also tap into forming a New Zealand and Fiji relationship.
Currently resides in Auckland and in her spare time practices the violin creates ideas in the entertainment space, attends birthdays, functions and events. Likes to dance, enjoys comedy, reading and connecting.
Kat is originally from Cheshire in the UK and has lived in Auckland since emigrating in 2010 with her wife Sarah. Kat is a specialist consultant working in the non-profit sector with charitable organisations and philanthropic trusts and foundations.
Through her consultancy Catapult and as an Associate of the Centre for Social Impact, Kat works to support organisations achieve their visions for impact through services that include effective strategy design, research, evaluation and programme development. Kat has extensive experience working with public trusts, philanthropic foundations, and private donors to support effective generosity that delivers positive benefits to community. She also works actively alongside community organisations to strengthen their capability and help them to deliver on their missions.
Kat has a strong passion for social justice and has particularly enjoyed supporting rangatahi Māori and refugee and migrant background communities to strengthen their visibility and voice. Through her new role with the Rainbow NZ Charitable Trust, Kat is especially excited to apply her experience and interests towards growing and distributing funds that support Aotearoa New Zealand’s rainbow community.
Stu’s 21 year military career began when, as a student in the UK, he joined 75 Regiment Royal Engineers, Territorial Army (TA), training as a Combat Engineer. Upon graduation from University, Stu resigned from the TA and commissioned into the RAF as an Engineering Officer. Stu served with the RAF in various flight commander and staff positions throughout the UK over a seven year period.
Stu transferred from the RAF to the RNZAF in 2006, and has been actively involved in the welfare of the NZDF's LGBTQI+ personnel ever since. Stu was part of a small team of LGBTQI+ personnel who in 2012 established OverWatch, an all-volunteer organisation within Defence, offering peer support, networking, advice and advocacy on LGBTQI+ issues to personnel, commanders and the NZDF’s Directorate of Diversity and Inclusion.
Stu was awarded the Chief of Defence Force’s Commendation for his work supporting the NZDF’s LGBTQI+ community and was the RNZAF’s first openly gay Maintenance Flight Commander on an operational squadron, a position he held until March 2018. In 2017, under Stu’s command, 3 SQN Maintenance Flight was awarded the RNZAF Bomber Command Association Award for Operational Excellence. Stu is a graduate of the NZDF Command & Staff College at Trentham and is appointed to the role of Assistant Director of Strategic Plans. He spends his weekends at his home in Feilding with his husband David and their dog Oakley.
Craig became involved with New Zealand’s LGBTQI+ community in 2015 when he created the inaugural international sporting event Proud to Play in February 2016. Craig was awarded by the Federation of Gay Games in 2017 for his dedication to the LGBTQI+ Sporting Community. Craig founded the charity Proud to Play NZ and continues to promote LGBTQI+ inclusion in the sporting communities around New Zealand.
Craig also started Diverse Church New Zealand, an online community for LGBTQI+ Christians, helping people in churches to feel connected and bridging the gaps between religion, sexual and gender diversity. Craig is often invited to speak with pastors, churches, theology colleges and church leaders about how to integrate and see positive changes in these communities.
Raised in a rural setting north of Auckland, Craig holds qualifications in Youth Pastoral Care, Theology, Computer Sciences, Event and Project Management. He has worked on major events such as Rugby World Cup 2011 and London 2012 Olympic Games.
Growing up in churches meant that Craig couldn’t resolve is faith and sexuality until much later in his life, but this has given Craig his passion for community, unity and the development and care of our countries young people. Craig has volunteered in prisons as a mentor to youth offenders and with at risk youth throughout Auckland.
Craig now works on a number of events and projects around the country while living in Queenstown and volunteering for Wakatipu Search and Rescue.
Brad is the Diversity and Inclusion Advisor for the NZDF. This role includes the development and implementation of a change programme of Diversity and Inclusion which includes the LGBTQI_ community as a priority area. A significant focus of the role is advising on effective ways of engaging with key military stakeholders across the NZDF and externally and leveraging existing systems to influence and effect change. This position also provides high quality planning, analysis and support across a variety of tasks and lead delegated projects to ensure the Diversity and Inclusion Directorate is forward thinking and responsive to the needs of a diverse workforce.
Brad has represented the NZDF internationally on a number of occasions in particular attending the ‘Mission Critical’ Seminar in Washington DC, USA engaged with world leaders in equity, diversity & inclusion. Brad also presented at the Senior Enlisted Leaders Working Group (SELWG) in Kuala Lumpur where he showcased what the NZDF has achieved and encouraged other nations militaries to support their LGBTQI+ serving, volunteer and civilian personnel. Brad has deployed operationally to the Gulf of Oman, Greater Middle East and a Tri Service deployment to the Bamyan Province Central Afghanistan.
Brad has been awarded a Chief of Navy commendation for his ongoing support and advocacy to the NZDF LGBTQI+ community and was also recently awarded ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2018 LGBTI awards.
By donating, you can help support the Trust continue to carry out its important work supporting our Rainbow Community.