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Find out more about Match | Te Puna Taurite, the team, story and supporters behind it

About Match | Te Puna Taurite

Match | Te Puna Taurite is an online service for philanthropists and grantmakers (funders) to connect with community and charitable groups working in areas they want to support.  
Match | Te Puna Taurite is open to fundseekers who are registered charities, fundholder accredited, an Ākina impact supplier or a non-registered charity recommended by an existing funder on the service. We will be opening up to more non-registered groups over time.

It particularly looks to support those working with Māori, Pasifika, Rainbow, disability and ethnic communities; and those with fewer fundraising resources. 
Match | Te Puna Taurite provides fundseekers with an easy way to get in front of multiple funders through creating a profile and uploading funding requests.  
Match | Te Puna Taurite gives funders an easy way to search for fundseekers working in specific areas they want to support. It enables funder-to-funder connection.  
Match | Te Puna Taurite’s aim is a more equitable, accessible and collaborative funding system, maximising the impact of philanthropic funding and grantmaking for Aotearoa New Zealand.

Click here for a list of our members.

The meaning behind the name

Our name is what we do.

“Match” is about creating connections, or matches, between philanthropists and grantmakers with fundseekers in Aotearoa New Zealand, with the aim of creating an accessible, equitable and collaborative giving system.

“Te Puna Taurite” means the spring or the pool of balance. This pool embodies the financial resources that funders and fundseekers share to support our communities.

In the Te Ao Māori world view, water provides the same opportunity for nourishment to everyone. Match | Te Puna Taurite creates an easy way to connect philanthropists, grantmakers and other funders with the thousands of fundseekers in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Our tagline is “Your funding place | Tō puna whakaāhei”. “Tō puna whakaāhei” means a “pool of enablement". So, funders and fundseekers who use Match | Te Puna Taurite are enabled and nourished by that “pool”, and in turn can nourish and enable the communities and causes they work with.

Ōkupu, a te reo Māori translation service, created and gifted Philanthropy New Zealand | Tōpūtanga Tuku Aroha o Aotearoa, the Māori name and tagline. We mihi to Ōkupu for their support and gift.

Our team

Match | Te Puna Taurite is a service of Philanthropy New Zealand | Tōpūtanga Tuku Aroha o Aotearoa (PNZ). See below for our Match | Te Puna Taurie staff and more details of the PNZ team can be found here.

Anika Speedy

Anika Speedy

Anika is the Match | Te Puna Taurite Manager. She is an experienced manager with a passion for giving and purpose driven business. Most recently Anika was the General Manager of Dignity NZ delivering period equity for the benefit of business, schools and community organisations across Aotearoa.

Lily McFarlane

Lily McFarlane

Lily is the Match | Te Puna Taurite Project Coordinator. She’s been enthusiastically involved in volunteering since her time at university, lending her skills in the areas of mental health, international aid and homelessness. She’s passionate about equity and building connections between unlikely groups. She’s excited to do what she can to facilitate effective and impactful philanthropy.

Courtney Ellingham Prebble

Courtney Ellingham Prebble

Courtney is the Match | Te Puna Taurite Communications and Marketing Advisor. She has a joy for connecting with inspiring individuals making Aotearoa New Zealand a better place. In her spare time Courtney has started learning NZSL. She also likes to volunteer at the pay-as-you-feel dining concept Everybody Eats and Take 10 down Courtenay Place, as well as spending time with her friends enjoying all the exciting things that Wellington has to offer.

Gemma Slack

Gemma Slack

Gemma is our Community Navigator, supporting groups with fewer fundraising resources to access the service, and to see more funding requests get made in the 2023 storm recovery space. She's contributed to the Philanthropy New Zealand Board for three years, and has been working to connect and grow young people in the sector for the last six years as part of the Youth Advisory Group.

Our advisory group

Our advisory group provided feedback and thought leadership through the development of Match | Te Puna Taurite. We’d like to thank:

Anjum Rahman – Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono
Carl Vink – Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation 
Clare Toufexis – Te Tari Taiwhenua | Department of Internal Affairs
Leighton Evans – Rātā Foundation
Melody Mobsby – Auckland Foundation                                                                                        Michaela Latimer – Genesis Energy/Philanthropy New Zealand Youth Advisory Group 
Michelle Kitney – Volunteering New Zealand
Natalia Sexton – Weave
Rochelle Stewart-Allen – Hui E! Community Aotearoa 
Sarah Lowry – Ministry for the Environment – Manatū Mō Te Taiao 
Sylvia Moe – J R McKenzie Trust
Tara Singh – Nexus Global                                                                                                                        Te Pūoho Katene – Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust

Our friends

Click here for a list of other organisations that may be helpful for community groups seeking funds, and for funders looking for help with giving.

Our supporters

We’d like to thank our financial supporters:  

The project kicked off with a small grant from the J R McKenzie Trust in early 2020. 
The following funders then provided money to enable Philanthropy New Zealand to test support for the concept in 2020: the Hugh Green Foundation; D V Bryant Trust; Auckland Foundation; Clare; J R McKenzie Trust; Wilberforce Foundation; NEXT Foundation; Williams’ Charitable Trusts. 
We continue to be extremely grateful to the organisations who are providing seed funding over the first three years to support the establishment and scale-up of MTPT. They are: 
Premier funders:
Weave – Working Together (Members are: the  J R McKenzie Trust; Todd Foundation; the Tindall Foundation;Hugh Green Foundation; D V Bryant Trust; Len Reynolds Trust; Lindsay Foundation and the Wayne Francis Charitable Trust). 
Hero funders:
Te Tari Taiwhenua | The Department of Internal Affairs; J R McKenzie Trust, Todd Foundation
Supporting funders:
Sutherland Self Help Trust; Ministry for the Environment - Manatū Mō Te Taiao; Fletcher Trust; Auckland Foundation, Namaste Foundation; Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation; Jenny Sutton from Greenlight Ventures NZ