Waikato Women's Fund new chair and committee excited about 2023

Published on 14 Mar 2023

The Waikato Women’s Fund (WWF) is set for another good year in 2023, with a newly appointed chair Chantal Baxter and new committee members bringing additional experience and skills to complement the existing members.

Chantal Baxter has been part of the WWF committee for the last three years, and her ongoing commitment and passion for the Fund will be pivotal to ensuring its continued positive impact in the community going forward.


The committee held a strategic planning session in late February. This included a welcome to new members Nicky Preston, Sarah Krishnan, Aleise White and Aandrea Murray, plus reaffirmed support from Kate Cornege, Rosalie Norton, Tracy Hemingway and Fiona Welch.

Committee chair, Chantal, explains: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Waikato Women’s Fund and am honoured to step into the chairperson role. We have a wonderful history of strong waahine supporting great causes in the Waikato and I’m looking forward to taking this forward with our new committee.


“The strategy meeting was a great chance for us to connect and set our priorities for the year ahead. Our key focus is growing our membership especially those that give on a regular basis. We are also looking for larger donors to pledge their support over several years.


“Our events are always popular, and we would like to see those people become members of the fund with regular pledges. This year also marks the Fund’s fifth birthday, so we will be celebrating this milestone with an event later in 2023."

“The committee is excited for the year ahead and firmly committed to improving outcomes for women and girls in our region.”


Ngaa mihi nui to former Chair, Rachel Afeaki-Taumoepeau, plus Karina Lonergan, Samantha Durning and Rosalie Norton, who have recently stepped down from the committee. Your contribution to the Fund is greatly appreciated.