About us


In 2016, Te Muka Rau Charitable Trust agreed a new vision and focus to which we contribute:

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

People, history and how we work

Our trustees are Kate Frykberg, Dave Moskovitz, Pekaira Rae (Te Āti Awa) and Seumas Fantham (Ngāti Porou).

Think Tank Charitable Trust was set up in 2004 by Kate and Dave 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, to reflect our new direction.

The running of the trust is done on a voluntary basis.  Trustees do not receive fees, although in recognition of the time involved, each trustee may 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.

Funding processes

Because we are a small, voluntary family charitable trust, we don’t have funding rounds and cut-off dates, however you are welcome to contact us if you are involved in an initiative that is a strong fit to the goals above;  we can generally quickly give you a steer on whether we might be able to help.

After this initial conversation we may invite a short and simple application; often this is simply a letter.   Our trustees then discuss the application and we usually talk to others about your idea to get a variety of perspectives and also to check that the idea has good support from your community.   We are also considering how we can move towards participatory philanthropy, where funding decisions are made collaboratively with the communities served.

We no longer ask for formal reports but instead sit down with you in person to learn about how things have gone and to get your feedback.

Because we are a small trust we are only able to give a small number of grants each year.   Our grant budget for 2017 – 2018 is approximately $80,000 and our grants generally range from $1,000 to $20,000.

Other Information

You can review organisations we have funded and financial statements and other statutory information is available on the Charities Services register.  For more information, please contact us.