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Board of Trustees

The Board of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust New Zealand (“GRG”) is made up of up to eight committed professional volunteers who have a diverse range of life, parenting, cultural, legal, business, management and commercial skills and experience. They meet once a month and set the strategic direction of the Trust which is to promote a community of grandparents raising grandchildren as full-time caregivers in New Zealand where they are empowered to provide a safe, secure and nurturing home for their grandchildren and an environment that protects and promotes their long-term wellbeing and development.

Judith McKay | Trustee

Judith is a retired Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Directors. In her working career, Judith was a senior financial executive at Auckland University of Technology, the Union Shipping Group and a number of manufacturing companies. She has also worked as an auditor for Price Waterhouse and as a COBOL programmer.

Judith has been Trustee and Board member of a number of organisations, including the Auckland War Memorial Museum, NZ Academy of Sport and Netball Waitakere.

Judith has four grandchildren, ranging in age from 5 to 13.

Pru Etcheverry ONZM | Chair and Trustee

Pru is a director of Advocacy Answers, a consultancy focused on governance, strategy, leadership, not-for-profit management, and advocacy. Pru works with businesses to deliver social change - the ‘S’ in ESG and CSR. She advises on how to build capacity and develop authentic partnerships that deliver measurable impact. She is a champion of the for-purpose sector and has been honoured for her work as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM). Pru uses her expertise with local and international clients to successfully develop and implement innovative strategic solutions.

After an extensive career in senior executive roles within multinational healthcare organisations Pru moved to the not-for-profit sector. While CEO of Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand, Pru grew it from a fledgling organisation to a high-profile NGO generating $70 million of sustainable revenue. Alongside being chair of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren she is chair of Te Ira Kāwai, (Auckland Regional Biobank) and a trustee of SkyCity Community Trust Auckland. Previous governance roles included chair of the international Lymphoma Coalition and trustee with RAW (Reclaim Another Woman).

Jo-Anne Thomas | Trustee

Jo-Anne is a family law specialist and associate at Schnauer & Co with over eight years experience in family law litigation, relationship property and elder law.  She held the role of Chair of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ from 2016 until 2019.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland and a Diploma in Occupational Therapy. 

Before joining Schnauer & Co in 2011 she worked for Minter Ellison Rudd Watts for three years.  In addition to her work as a Board member for the trust she is a Volunteer legal adviser to the North Shore Women’s Centre.

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Zac Johns | Trustee

Zac was raised by his grandmother who passed on her zeal for Musical Theatre, kindling his interest from an early age. Since then, he has been involved in many aspects of theatre and the performing arts, primarily as a Music Director, Conductor and contributor to productions including Jersey Boys, Chess, Mary Poppins, Les Misérables, and Sister Act.

Alongside working as a musician, Zac has had the pleasure of working within the Fundraising team at the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and contributing to theatrical charitable causes, including serving as Chairperson for the NAPTA Charitable Trust.



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Laurie Porima | Trustee

Laurie’s iwi affiliations are Ngāti Manawa, Ngāti Hikairo, Waikato, Ngai Tuhoe, and Ngāpuhi.  He was raised by his grandparents and he has a keen interest in the role grandparents play in raising grandchildren including from a tikanga Māori perspective. Laurie is an independent Māori evaluation and research specialist worked in a range of economic, educational, policy and social service sectors. He is also an IOD trained Director providing governance, management, outcomes and strategic planning training and advice to Iwi, Māori health services (Hauora), Social Services, Kōhanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori. 
In addition to his research and evaluation work, Laurie currently sits on a number of governance boards, both commercial and not-for-profit.  These include: Chairman of the Moewhare Marae Trust Board, Trustee for Te Runanga o Ngāti Manawa, Director for the Central North Island Iwi Holdings Limited (CNIIHL); Director on Manawa Developments Holdings Company, Te Hononga (Joint commercial and social housing property investments between Ngāti Manawa and Ngāti Whakaue in Rotorua and Tauranga).
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Duane Trembath | Trustee

Duane (Whakatōkea te iwi) is a Chartered Accountant and an experienced business leader, having worked for Te Reo Tātaki (TVNZ) and large multinational organisations such as Estee Lauder Companies and L’Oréal both in New Zealand and abroad. Most recently, Duane has been appointed as CFO of Tourism New Zealand.

Duane’s grandparents played an important role in his upbringing, and he is passionate about supporting community organisations to provide the best outcomes for our tamariki and rangatahi.


Consultant to the GRG Board

Jill Worrall, MNZM

Jill Worrall is the mother of three sons and grandmother to six grandchildren. With her late husband John, the family cared for several foster children over a period of twenty years. Jill was raised by extended family for the first half of her childhood. She has been a nurse, a social worker and a senior lecturer in social work at Massey University. She has had the privilege of writing the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Handbook and undertaking the GRG research on Grandparent and other kin caregivers 2005 and 2009.

Founder: Di Vivian QSO
Honorary Life Members: Des Brennan, Jocelyn Bray, David White, Debbie Gillies, Jill Worrall MNZM, Miriama Paraone-Davies, Samina Corbett, Sharon Richardson (former trustees), and Bruce Hopkins and Jill Nerheny.
Ambassadors: David White, Bruce Hopkins

RSM Hayes Audit, Auckland
Secretariat: Rosemarie Dawson. Business Professional Services Ltd Ph 09 419 0042

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About us 

Grandparents Raising GrandchildrenTM Trust NZ (GRG) is a registered Charitable Trust operating throughout New Zealand providing support services to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren on a full-time basis. Our vision is for a community where grandparents raising grandchildren are empowered to provide a safe, secure and nurturing home for their grandchildren.

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Te tautoko i nga tupuna, mokopuna me te whanau.
Te awhina ia ratou ki te whakatutuki i nga putanga
pai i roto i to raatau oranga.
Supporting grandparents, grandchildren and whanau
to achieve positive outcomes in their lives.  



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Member Support 
Outside Auckland Freephone
0800 472 637      

Auckland Landline or Mobile Phone Callers
(09) 418 3753 

National Support Office
9:00am - 2:00pm
09 418 3753

PO Box 34-892
Auckland 0746
New Zealand

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