Our vision is:
A socially cohesive Aotearoa New Zealand where:
- Te Ao Māori is strong and vibrant
- The central place of Te Ao Māori in Aotearoa is understood and supported by all
- We all feel confident and respected in our own cultures and heritage
Our trust was set up in 2004 (as Think Tank Charitable Trust) by Kate Frykberg and Dave Moskovitz following the sale of their Internet development company. We are slowly spending down the available funds.
In 2017 we were gifted a new name, Te Muka Rau, meaning “the many strands.” This refers to how the many strands (muka) within flax (harakeke) can be woven together to create new, strong and beautiful possibilities.
The running of the trust is done on a voluntary basis. Trustees do not receive fees, although in recognition of the time involved, trustees have a choice of either receiving a small honorarium to cover the hidden costs of volunteering or the option to allocate one donation of $1,000 per year to a charitable cause of their choosing.
We are committed to working in a way which honours the spirit of partnership enshrined in the Treaty of Waitangi.
We have a bi-cultural board consisting of two Pākehā trustees and two Māori trustees:
Kate was born and raised in Hawkes Bay and has South African, Swedish and British ancestry. She is an independent philanthropy and community consultant whose background includes co-founding one of NZ’s first Internet Development companies (with husband Dave Moskovitz), working for ten years as CE of the Todd Foundation and serving as chair of Philanthropy NZ. She is a former ASB Business Woman of the Year and holds a NZ Order of Merit for services to business and the community.
Kate also serves on the boards Edmund Hillary Fellowship, the Innovation Unit Australia NZ and Seed the change | He Kākano Hapai, and is an independent committee member of the Ngāi Tahu Fund. For more information see Kate’s website and blog.
Dave works as professional director and investor, mainly with technology startups, but he also serves on the boards of InternetNZ and The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, as well as the Ministerial Advisory Group for the Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion. He is involved in the Jewish community, and is a co-chair of the Wellington Abrahamic Council of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. For more information, see Dave’s website and blog.
Pekaira Jude Rei
Pekaira holds a pivotal role for Mana Whenua within Te Upoko o te Ika (Wellington) where she maintains Cultural Advisory & support positions for Edmund Hillary Fellowship, Philanthropy NZ, Education Council & Office of treaty Settlements at the Ministry of Justice. Education her passion, Taranaki history her flair, she connects and reconnects descendants to their unique Taranakitanga at her local Marae Te Tatau o Te Pō, she also teaches Te Reo Māori at Wellington Water. Born and raised under her Mounga Taranaki she often reflects on the solid foundation gifted by those she remembers.
Seumas Fantham comes from Kaiti, Gisborne and has iwi affiliations to Ngāti Porou and Whakatōhea. Seumas has been working with indigenous youth in New Zealand for over 18 years. He is currently a member of the Māori Advisory Committee (MAC) and a board member of Philanthropy New Zealand. He works for the Todd Foundation as a Relationship and Partnership Lead, and also likes to keep in touch with the mahi on the ground as a volunteer for Te Ora Hou (an indigenous youth development organisation) and Special Olympics (sports programmes with people with intellectual disabilities).