Since it was established in 2008, the Plunket Foundation has given nearly $4 million to help fund Whānau Āwhina Plunket's work, giving every child in New Zealand the best possible start. 

The Plunket Foundation supports Plunket’s work, setting the path of wellness in our communities for the early years, for generations to come. Welcomed into 80% of homes with newborns across Aotearoa, Plunket is well placed to make a lasting difference for New Zealand’s children.  

What is an endowment fund?

Some of the world’s great charities, hospitals and universities have endowment funds which allow them to thrive and grow. They also allow charities to ride out storms, such as periods of reduced public funding.

Investment income from the Plunket Foundation’s endowment fund is distributed to Whānau Āwhina Plunket every year. This means that families don’t miss out on the much-loved services that past generations have enjoyed.

You can support the Plunket Foundation through a donation or a gift in your Will. Your gift will make a difference to New Zealand’s children, in perpetuity. 

Support the Plunket Foundation

One of the best ways you can support the future health and wellbeing of New Zealand’s children is to donate or leave a gift in your Will to the Plunket Foundation  

A gift, no matter the size, is a huge investment in New Zealand’s future

If you'd like to make a donation or include a give in your Will to the Plunket Foundation, please email our Philanthropy Manager.

Email the Philanthropy Manager

Plunket Foundation Trustees

The Plunket Foundation Board of Trustees is a voluntary group of dedicated individuals who give their time to oversee the work of the charity.  


Raphael Yan (B.Com/LLB)

Raphael is the Co-Founder of Artemis Capital Limited, a family office based in Auckland which manages public and private debt and equity investments. Raphael acts as a director or alternate director for several private companies and his office also manages a charitable trust portfolio. Prior to forming Artemis Capital, Raphael was a Vice President at Salomon Brothers/Citigroup based in Hong Kong, as well as a member of the HK Stock Exchange and the US National Association of Securities Dealers. As a father of three, Raphael is immensely grateful for Plunket’s services, shaping the future of Aotearoa New Zealand.  
Mark Jurgeleit Mark is CEO and Founder of Cello, a leading New Zealand business telecommunications company. Mark has held various banking and finance roles with BNZ, HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland and Westpac, before transitioning into the ICT sector. He recently completed a 5-year tenure on the Wellington Girls College board, and has been a trustee on the Plunket Foundation Board since July 2021. Mark has a history of membership of a number of community, school and sports committees and boards, and now enjoys supporting 3 daughters in their life and sporting endeavours. With personal experience of Plunket’s lifesaving capability, and vital contribution to New Zealand’s families; Mark, his family, and Cello remain actively involved in raising funds for Whānau Āwhina Plunket.

Jayne Brophy


Jayne is CFO/COO of New Zealand Mint Limited and takes a leading role in developing the business from a cultural, commercial and process perspective. During her career, Jayne has held a number of roles in the UK and Ireland across both commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Jayne is a qualified Management Accountant and has an MBA from the Open University in the UK. She is a Member of the Institute of Directors and is working towards becoming a Chartered Member. Since moving to New Zealand in 2012 she has been involved as a volunteer with Whānau Āwhina Plunket, most recently working with the Auckland Area Board during the transition in 2017 to the national entity - the Royal New Zealand Plunket Trust

Christine Lake (CNZM)


Christine is a proud Cantabrian and has served Plunket in many governance roles. Starting with 10 years in Canterbury, then 10 years on the National Board, including 3 busy years as Chair. Christine has been a trustee for the Plunket Foundation since February 2021. Christine’s early career was in ICT, writing software in Canterbury and London. After the family returned to New Zealand, her career shifted to volunteering for Plunket and bookkeeping / administration for a select number of clients. Christine is also a trustee for the Dyspraxia Support Group of New Zealand.


The Plunket Foundation’s Charities Services number is: CC35424.  

Get in touch

If you would like more information about the Plunket Foundation, please get in touch with our Philanthropy Manager.

Email the Philanthropy Manager