Our Kupe Partners

We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to the very generous Sponsors who have made this exciting initiative possible, the members of our Advisory Group who offer support and direction to the Kupe Programme Team and the inspirational mentors who have agreed to volunteer their time and expertise to support our Kupe Leadership scholars. 

Founding Sponsor | McCall MacBain Foundation

John McCall MacBain2Canadian philanthropists John and Marcy McCall MacBain have gifted over $1 million to the University of Auckland to launch the Kupe Leadership Scholarships. This is the latest in the more than NZ$275 million worth of donations made by McCall MacBain's foundation since 2007, which included an unprecedented NZ$150 million gift to Oxford University's Rhodes Scholarships. As a recipient of a Rhodes scholarship himself, John has first-hand experience of how scholarships of this nature can change lives and is passionate about creating similar opportunities for others.  “These scholarships aim to create the next generation of explorers in innovation and discovery for a new future,” he says. “The McCall MacBain Foundation is proud to be a funder of the Kupe Scholarships.” The McCall MacBain Foundation has provided seed funding for the Kupe Leadership Scholarships, which are being supported by a number of generous philanthropic donors, as outlined below.


Sponsors of the 2022 Kupe Leadership Scholarship

McCall MacBain Foundation     Biggar Family Trust
Fady Mishriki Heartland Bank
John Turnbull Estate Ralph & Eve Seelye Trust
Stuart Feigin William Chick Trust 
Wright Family Foundation  

Mentors of the 2022 Kupe Leadership Scholars

Dr Andrew Chen, Venture partner Matū, Koi Tū Centre for Informed Futures 

Chlöe Swarbrick, MP for Auckland Central, Green Party

Dr Dale Bramley, CEO of the Waitematā District Health Board

Dr Elizabeth Berryman, CEO & Founder channl

Jacinta Fitzgerald, Founder of Make Good & Programme Director of Mindful Fashion NZ

Joanne Reidy, General Manager Māori Te Tāpui Atawhai/Auckland City Mission

Dr Makarena Dudley, Clinical Neuropsychologist and Senior Lecturer at The University of Auckland

Dr Mataroria Lyndon, Co-founder and clinical director for primary healthcare provider Tend and Senior Lecturer at The University of Auckland

Dr Michelle Dickinson MNZM, Nanogirl Labs, nanotechnologist, science educator, author, television presenter

Michelle Sharp, CEO of Unicef 

Miriam Dean CNZM QC, Barrister, Director, Reviewer, Mediator & Arbitrator

Sir Peter Gluckman KNZM FRSNZ, Director of Koi Tū (Centre for Informed Futures) and inaugural Chief Science Advisor to the NZ Government 

Dr Peter O'Connor, Director of the Centre for Arts and Social Transformation

Pip Cheshire, Gold medal winning Architect, writer and former President of the New Zealand Institute of Architects

Rod Oram, New Zealand journalist and commentator, Edmund Hillary fellow

Sharon Shea MNZM, Co-chair Māori Health Authority, Shea Pita & Associates




Kupe Advisory Group

Andrew Barnes Dr Bridget Kool
Professor Brigid Carroll     Charlotte Lockhart
David Downs (Executive Chair) Grant Biggar
Mattie Wall Maru Nihoniho
Dr Michelle Johansson Vanessa Stoddart