Since its founding, the Trust has donated over $650,000 to fund a broad range of LGBTTQIA+ organisations, individuals, projects and initiatives.

Establishing on 9 November 1999, the GABA Charitable Trust separated the Gay Auckland Business Association’s charitable work from its regular activities as a membership and community focused organisation.

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 LGBTTQIA+ 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 Trust’s aim is to donate money where it is most needed, and where it will have the greatest impact. Recipients include larger LGBTTQIA+ 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 LGBTTQIA+ communities.

The Trust actively fundraises, attracting donations and bequests in order to maintain a fund available to promote the interests of the LGBTTQIA+ community in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

The Fund is available on application to individuals and community organisations to support the development of activities in the education, health, welfare, cultural and support services for the benefit of the LGBTTQIA+ community of New Zealand.

 

Trustees

Gurv Singh (He/Him)

Co-Chair

Gurv is an experienced professional and has worked in both local and central government, his current role is at Kainga Ora Homes & Communities. He has led projects and provided technical planning expertise on a number of high-level initiatives including the Auckland Unitary Plan. Gurv has a Bachelor of Planning degree from the University of Auckland and is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

Gurv is of Indian descent, born in Singapore and has lived in New Zealand for most of his life, currently on Auckland’s North Shore with his husband Tony and dog Danny. Gurv is well-known in the LGBT+ community and has held significant roles in both Rainbow Pride Auckland parade and the Trust’s sister-organisation Rainbow Auckland. In his spare time Gurv enjoys fitness including cycling & spin-class, socialising with friends and family, and a good glass of wine.

Jessie Lewthwaite (She/Her) 

Co-Chair

Jessie is the Rainbow Inclusion Manager at Auckland University of Technology. She is highly skilled in public speaking, widely involved in advocacy for Rainbow groups, and is a seasoned conference presenter in her professional role. Jessie is currently leading the only dedicated Rainbow Support team at any university in New Zealand. Jessie also works to support AUTs Rainbow Tick, is a member of Crowded Places initiative and has recently joined Rainbow Auckland. 

Jessie was a high school teacher of English and Sociology based in Australia in her early career, and has worked in the education sector for over 10 years. Jessie is currently studying towards a Masters in Human Rights at AUT. In her spare time Jessie is a talented creative writer, and was published recently in the queer magazine Express. She also enjoys computer gaming and table top gaming and has captained the Auckland Representative team at a national event. 

 

 

Steven Oates (He/Him)

Events Manager

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.

 

Kate Waltman (She/Her)

Treasurer


Kate is an accomplished CPA licensed in the US and AUS/NZ. She is passionate about bringing her international experience in the corporate sector and as a board treasurer to New Zealand’s wider rainbow community.

Kate is an enthusiastic advocate for diversity and inclusion, particularly LGBTQIA+ inclusion in the workplace. She is the previous Treasurer for Rainbow Auckland, Inc., previous Chair of KPMG's Auckland Pride Committee and a 2021 Global OutNext LGBT+Leadership award recipient (KPMG Global).

Outside of professional life, Kate is an avid trail runner and hiker. Originally from New York, she is proud to call Tāmaki Makaurau and Aotearoa home.

 

Rachel Cleary (She/Her)

Community Grants Manager

Rachel is an optimistic pragmatist, cis, pansexual, who's core values are kindness and manaakitanga.   Since discovering her passion for the not-for-profit ecosystem, Rachel has been on a mission to do good better, striving to understand and overcome obstacles, with a firm belief in the power of collaboration, and a can-do attitude.

Rachel, has passion and background in youth empowerment, gender and diversity, education and the for good sector.  Alongside the Trust and other hard working organisations, she is working for every individual in Aotearoa New Zealand to be treated like they are just as special as their neighbour, colleague or friend.Born in small town Aotearoa, Rachel has lived in Tāmaki Makaurau for longer than her hometown. She has lived in many corners of Auckland, now residing 'out West' with her partner and dog.  In an effort to connect more strongly with broader Rainbow communities, she became an active member of the Trust's sister organisation, Rainbow Auckland three years ago.   Rachel's an extremely proud Auntie, and a hilariously random cheerleader! 

 

Jakob Carter (He/Him)

Social Media Manager

Jakob Carter has meticulously crafted a fashion and scent landscape, emphasizing intricate details and a commitment to pushing design boundaries within his self titled brand, Jakob Carter. His garments, built to withstand time, reflect an eco-conscious ethos, offering sustainable and creatively distinct collections that celebrate individuality.

As the designer and founder, Jakob has consistently driven his brand towards a purposeful fashion evolution, utilizing collaborations and platforms to champion various social causes. Notably, his latest fragrance collaboration shines a spotlight on men's mental health, exemplifying a commitment to meaningful impact.