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 Project Maunga Stage Two – the new East Wing building, starting with the new Love Our Kidneys Project of $500k of enhancements – read more about these enhancement under current projects.

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.

Adrian Sole (General manager)

Adrian joined the trust in 2013 and enjoys using his skills, experience and energy to help achieve the foundation's goals as trustee. As of April 2021, Adrian stepped down as Chairperson and has a secondment to the General Managers role for one year to hire and implement an expanded team to help meet our funding targets.

Adrian is a Co-Owner of Red Rabbit Coffee Co. a coffee roastery based in Parnell, Auckland with a signature cafe located at 277 Westfield in Newmarket and other CBD sites. They also supply direct and to partner cafes. Before this he was the General Manager for 4 years at Efinity Digital and Trackit Energy, both tech companies, then leading the Taranaki Daily News team for three years prior.

He has a passion for our community, leadership and equality. Over the years, he has contributed to many community organisations, events and activities and is currently on the Taranaki Golf Association Board. Adrian has been married to his wife Melanie for 23 years and they live in Bell Block.
Contact Adrian: adrian@solefamily.co.nz or the Foundation Office 021 866 338

Brian Ropitini (Chairperson)

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

Previously Brian was the Director of Manufacturing for Methanex NZ where he managed the operations at the three methanol plants at Motunui and Waitara Valley as thehealth and safety lead 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 now runs his own consulting business under the name Mana Consulting NZ.

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 Trustee join the team and now our current Chair.

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 Venture Taranaki, the region’s economic development and tourism agency, and he now is the Deputy Director at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre.

“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 growing 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 their girl and boy twins.

Dr Greg Simmons

Dr Greg Simmons 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 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. 

Mike Davey

Mike is an elected member of the Taranaki District Health Board, he is also employed in the rural sector and is an elected member of the Taranaki Regional Council, deputy chair of Taranaki Electricity Trust (TET) and a member of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce. Mike lives in Inglewood and is married with children and grandchildren. Mike is very active in the rural sector and a member of Federated Farmers Taranaki.

As healthcare is important to us all, Mike intends to work diligently to ensure that we continue to offer a professional service in Taranaki. Mike joined the Foundationin early 2020 and has been instrumental in connecting us with the rural community.

Deborah Riley

Deborah is a multi-skilled healthcare professional with experience in the clinical setting, procurement, logistics and supply chain management. She has worked for the Taranaki DHB and is now at Southern Cross Hospital New Plymouth as Supply Chain Manager.

Current Secretary of the Product Evaluation Healthcare NZ (PEHNZ) Group and a Trustee for the Taranaki Health Foundation since Feb 2020.

Ricky Malcolm

Ricky is an entrepreneur with a passion for people, community, business, music, events and crazy social situations.

He started out of high school straight into working in the grassroots of our local community and has been building connections with people, organisations and places ever since. The trust is very fortunate to have Ricky join us in August 2020. He brings his ‘generations lens’ and his photo, film and social skills in to the mix as well!