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.
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.
Julie is an acting Supervising Customs Officer currently co-leading a team of 27 front-line officers and has been with NZ Customs since 2007. Julie lives with her long-term partner Marion in Auckland.
Her involvement in the community has included several years on the committee for the Auckland Lesbian Ball which raised funds to support lesbian coming out groups, run by LESO which disbanded in 2010.
The lesbian ball came to life again in 2012 hosted by La Balle, Julie became part of the organising committee for the two years that it ran.
She then became an inaugural board member of Auckland Pride Festival Trust in 2012, which later became Auckland Pride Festival Incorporated Society, Julie held positions of secretary, treasurer, and co-chair at varying times until 2017.
Julie co-ordinates the annual Pink Ribbon Motorcycle Ride, raising funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ and has done so since its inception in 2004, except for a three-year break. At the time of writing, Julie has helped raise over $100,000.
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.
Originally from Whangarei, Dean has been living in Auckland Central for a year and a half. He is currently a business development executive at Liquid Learning.
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 Liquid Learning to get them involved in events surrounding the Rainbow community. Dean helped out with the Auckland Pride Parade Grandstand in 2018, along with fellow Trust members, Rainbow Auckland Executive members and other volunteers.
Steven became well known to the Rainbow communities throughout NZ with various television and radio roles over the past 20 plus years, starting with his own Radio Show at 95bFM while studying at The University of Auckland in the late 1990’s. Steven then went on to be a reporter for award winning TV show Queen Nation, this opened the door to many other roles within New Zealand Television and Radio. He is also an accomplished MC, Steven has MC’d numerous events, such as The Big Gay Out, Wellington's Out in the Square and the Auckland Pride Parade Glam Stand.
Steven has been involved in many queer organisations in various capacities. He was the Co-Chair of RainbowYOUTH, was involved with University of Auckland Queer’s on Campus and has facilitated many LGBTQI+ panels and discussion groups. After becoming acquainted with Rainbow NZ Charitable Trust – as a recipient of our community grants over several years of creating queer events in Auckland – and having seen the value in the work the Trust does, Steven took up the position of Trustee in late 2019.
Steven grew up in Taupo, has lived in Spain and China and is the proud parent of Ruby and Murphy, both from the SPCA. Steven says he is equally as passionate about animals as he is about LGBTQI+ issues and the health and wellbeing of all members of our community.
By donating, you can help support the Trust continue to carry out its important work supporting our Rainbow Community.