About Us

Taranaki Health Foundation - why are we fundraising?

The goal of the Taranaki Heath Foundation is to enable the best possible healthcare in our region. We do this by fundraising on behalf of the community to deliver new technology and services over and above Government funding provided to the Taranaki DHB. The stark reality is that the variety of initiatives we are working on simply wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the community. Successful partnership projects so far have included: new health technologies, staff training, equipment to improve patient outcomes, a new Mobility Garden and of course the new 3.6 million dollar Angiography Suite at Base Hospital.

Our current fundraising efforts are now focused on the new From Hardship to Hope… Kids Health Fund, The Open Minds Project and the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal. These initiatives will join a range of enhancements gifted to the Taranaki DHB for the benefit of all Taranaki communities. We are launching an exciting new project in the near future. See what we have achieved this year here.

We acknowledge the regional history of health fundraising to provide vital improvements and enhancements for Taranaki communities. We hope that with your support we can continue to ensure we have the best possible future for our region.

Taranaki Health Foundation General Manager

Bry Kopu

Bry Kopu joined the Foundation as General Manager late 2014, after running a successful national consultancy that specialises in positive Youth and Community Development. You may have met Bry’s in previous roles that include the Chief Executive of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs national network and Manager Community Development at New Plymouth District Council.

Mother to 9 1/2 year old Nikau, she was born and raised in Taranaki with whakapapa to Te Atiawa Iwi tonu and a rich Scottish heritage.

Passionate about our Taranaki community, Bry was compelled to apply for the position because of the Foundation’s clear vision to support the leading edge healthcare in New Zealand and the highly committed Trustees who champion that vision around the maunga. We are a very generous region and often punch above our weight in areas that surprise us all. So, whilst we have some very challenging milestones - the regional rewards will be felt for generations. “Now that is great legacy to leave behind for our children and grandchildren.”     

“I don’t know anyone living in Taranaki who would disagree that we deserve to have access to the very best health services, qualified staff and cutting edge technology”. So, the choice to focus my professional skills and energies on such an important kaupapa, was an easy one.

Contact Bry: bry.kopu@tdhb.org.nz or Phone 06 753 8688.

Taranaki Health Foundation Trustees

Our Trustees are volunteer community members who are passionate about supporting health care in Taranaki.

Adrian Sole (Chairperson)

Adrian is the General Manager at Efinity Digital and is privileged to lead the team that produces & designs websites, apps for customers and its own Cloud Based software for the Energy & Education sectors. Before this he was the GM for 3 years leading the Taranaki Daily News team. He has a passion for our community, leadership and equality and is on the boards of the trust that provides Computer In Homes & Taranaki Golf Association, is married to his wife Melanie for 17 years. Adrian is looking forward in using his skills and energy to help achieve the foundation's goals.

Contact Adrian: Chairperson, PO Box 8029, New Plymouth

Antony Rhodes

Antony Rhodes joined the Foundation as a Trustee in 2018, bringing communications and marketing skills to the governance table. Antony’s previous experience has included communications roles with the Prime Minister and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, and he is currently the communications manager for Venture Taranaki, the economic development and tourism agency for the Taranaki region.

“The Taranaki Health Foundation is the link between a regional population and world-class healthcare, and has a vital role in ensuring Taranaki remains such a great place to live and work. The opportunity to support the Foundation to provide the people of Taranaki, and our health professionals, with better resources is incredibly important,” Antony says.

Having grown up in Hawera, Antony has lived in New Plymouth for the last decade with his wife and young family.

Murali Bhaskar

Murali has been with BGBBTA since 1994, and in the role of director since 1999. He is a lead Design Architect with a special interest in pursuing a unique style of NZ architecture - often blurring the boundaries between media, art, design and architecture. He has worked with multi-disciplinary teams and large client organisations on various civic, community, hospitality, education and healthcare projects. He has a passion for Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD). Murali is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects and former council member. He lives in New Plymouth with his partner and 3 year old twins.

Pauline Lockett

Pauline Lockett, a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA), is the Chairperson of the Taranaki District Health Board and a Director of Landcorp Farming Limited.

Pauline moved to New Plymouth in 1981 and was a partner in PwC, one of the Big 4 Chartered Accountancy firms in New Zealand, for 20 years, retiring in 2010.

On retiring, Pauline decided to dedicate her time to working for and with organisations that provide a tangible benefit to the community of Taranaki. She was elected to the New Plymouth District Council in 2010, choosing not to stand for re-election in 2013. Pauline was appointed to the Taranaki District Health Board in 2010. Pauline believes that Taranaki is a community to be proud of as it has always punched above its weight as demonstrated by the contributions that have been made to the Taranaki Health Foundation to date and which, she is confident, will continue to be made in the future. Quality healthcare is important to everyone and Pauline is committed to using her time and effort in achieving the goals of the Trust – “Supporting Taranaki Together, a Healthy Community, Taranaki Whanui He Rohe Oranga”.

Peter McDonald

In 2015, the Foundation welcomed new Trustee Peter McDonald, providing a very experienced fundraising background from Central Taranaki. Peter has demonstrated commitment to health in the region with his involvement with Hospice and the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter. He adds to the high calibre of the Board members from around Maunga Taranaki. Peter is the Executive Director and Principal at McDonald Real Estate, a company he joined in his 20s and has since grown from a two person partnership, to a globally recognised brand, proudly represented by more than 50 staff in 7 offices across Taranaki. He is based in the Stratford Branch, where he has lived his entire life. Peter has held many industry and advisory roles, including being the President of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand. In 2011, he was made a Life Member of REINZ in recognition of his services to the Taranaki real estate industry.

Brian Ropitini

Brian has recently joined the Board in April 2017, and brings a fresh approach to Trust business and fundraising.

As the Director of Manufacturing for Methanex NZ, Brian manages the operations at the three methanol plants at Motunui and Waitara Valley and leads health and safety for over 250 employees and numerous contractors.  Methanex NZ produces up to 2.4 million tonnes of methanol per year, which is a significant contributor to Methanex’s total worldwide output as well as generating $650 million for New Zealand’s annual GDP.

Brian says, “I’m thrilled to join the board and support the work of the Foundation, helping provide great healthcare in Taranaki through fundraising for key projects, which will benefit the region. Good health care has the ability to make such a difference to peoples’ lives and it’s important to give back to the community for me personally.”

The Foundation is very pleased to have such a high calibre new Trustee join the Team.

Dr Greg Simmons

Dr Greg Simmons has recently re-joined the Foundation in March 2017, after a short hiatus as a Trustee. He provides a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board as he is the Chief Medical Advisor at Taranaki District Health Board. The Foundation is very pleased to have a person of his calibre to support the charitable work of the Trust. 


Michael Joyce (retired Chairperson and Trustee)

Michael, has recently retired from the Trust, but we wish to acknowledge his strong leadership of the Foundation as both a Trustee (until 2018) and previous Chairperson (2013- 2016). Michael described the Foundation as being built on the guiding principles of integrity, strong ethics, transparency and professionalism.  He believed that healthcare is at the core of the enjoyment of life for every member of society; and that there is never enough money for the provision of healthcare.  He is confident that the Foundation is all about having a charitable Trust that donors can support with confidence to ensure healthcare is enhanced as effectively as possible.