‘Pearl in a Whirl’ Boosts Cyclone Recovery

Writer Catherine Robertson and Illustrator Fifi Colston with the Bowkett family Book sales of ‘Pearl in a Whirl’ – Cyclone Gabrielle’s heart tugging tale of one fluffy cat amid the wreck and ruin has captured the nation and continues to raise funds for Hawke’s Bay’s recovery efforts. Written by bestselling author Catherine Robertson, illustrated by … Continued

Where There’s a Will, You Can Forge the Way

Words by Ian Taylor, Gifford Devine Lawyers, Hastings It’s so easy to put off writing a will. There can be the assumption that there will always be time down the track to get it sorted or that the process is an unnecessary expense. Yet as lawyers, we commonly see that when someone dies intestate (without … Continued

Hawke’s Bay Couple’s Bequest ‘Par for the Cause’

Dr Michelle Smith, Blair Smith and Skye the service dog Pursuing their own passions in life has motivated an adopted Hawke’s Bay couple to leave gifts in their will to help others follow theirs. Avid historian Dr Michelle Smith and former amateur golfing representative Blair Smith describe themselves as “hardworking, pretty ordinary New Zealanders” with … Continued

Cyclone Relief in Hawke’s Bay gets an All Blacks spin

Brad Weber at All Blacks training Putting a star-studded spin on cyclone relief efforts in Hawke’s Bay seemed a “natural thing to do” for former Napier Boys First XV player turned All Black, Brad Weber. The 18 test halfback, recently named as injury cover for the Rugby World Cup squad has been calling his fans … Continued

Iconic Bay Business Backs Region on its Road to Recovery

Bayswater Vehicles CEO Rob Townshend (left) with Hawke’s Bay Foundation’s Amy Bowkett and Bayswater Hastings Dealership Principal Hayden Firth. Hawke’s Bay’s most established brand in automotive sales is taking a front seat in helping Hawke’s Bay get back on its feet, in the aftermath of February’s cyclone. Bayswater Vehicles, owned and operated by Rob Townshend, … Continued

Sporting Icons Swing in Behind our Cyclone Relief Fund

The winning team from Golf for Hawke’s Bay event A celebrity studded golf fundraising drive and auction dinner in Hamilton has raised over $70 thousand for Hawke’s Bay Foundation’s Cyclone Relief Fund. The event held last Thursday at Hamilton’s St. Andrew’s Golf Club drew a high profile card of 22 teams and 88 players including … Continued

Hawke’s Bay Foundation Supports Charities Facing Myriad of Issues

Family Works Hawke’s Bay Hawke’s Bay Foundation funding is helping the charitable sector address growing concerns over staff retention amidst a flurry of burgeoning post cyclone challenges. Meeting face-to-face with 44 charities earlier this month, Hawke’s Bay Foundation’s annual Round Table sessions turned the spotlight on a number of emerging themes within the sector in … Continued

Historic House Sale Produces Record Gift for Hawke’s Bay Foundation

The sale price of an iconic Hawke’s Bay River Lodge property has far exceeded expectations and now underpins what is the largest gift ever made to Hawke’s Bay Foundation by a single donor. Whilst the purchase price of Val and Dick Bradshaw’s Tuki Tuki holiday home remains confidential, Tremains Real Estate (who facilitated the sale) … Continued

Cyclone Relief Fund Performs Critical Function for Charities

Hawke’s Bay Foundation has tagged and distributed over 42 percent of its growing Cyclone Relief Fund to date, bolstering local charities with vital funding. As at 5th April, 2023, Hawke’s Bay Foundation has granted its fifth round of distributions to frontline charities taking to a total of $756,000 the funding it’s now distributed or had … Continued

Family Foundation Donates to Cyclone Relief

Amy Walker (Visy Chief Human Resources Officer), Rosabella (Visy Board team member) with Fiona Geminder (Co-Owner, Visy) at Visy Board Wiri in Auckland A private family foundation and its adjoining packaging and resource recovery business has made a $250,000 donation to support cyclone-affected Hawke’s Bay communities. The money donated by Visy through the Pratt Foundation … Continued