Legacy Charity Update

What makes us want to give? Why did you choose to give to these charities? Whatever the reasons are, know that you are making a difference with your continued support of our legacy charities, thank you! We asked the charities what they have been up to over the past few months, read on to hear what your donations are helping achieve.


Earlier this year Kaibosh hit the very special milestone of having provided the equivalent of one million meals to Wellingtonians in need. This was a great opportunity to reflect on how many people have been involved in getting Kaibosh to where it is now, including valued supporters like you. We’ve also been working hard on setting up a new branch in Lower Hutt, which will mean great things for how far our work can reach.

We’re currently working with 31 regular food donors to support 32 community groups, and over the last three months we’ve provided the equivalent of more than 87,000 meals to those in our community who need it most.

We sincerely appreciate the support of One Percent Collective members – it’s with your help that we can keep working towards our vision of Zero Food Poverty, Zero Food Waste.

Sustainable Coastlines

Sustainable Coastlines has been keeping busy throughout winter planting seedlings alongside waterways, working hard to stem the flow of harmful nutrients, pathogens and sediment into our waterways, restore habitats for native flora and fauna and improving the quality of our freshwater ecosystems.

During our winter 'Love Your Water' tour we mobilised 1,119 volunteers, students, parents, and corporate groups to plant 5,520 trees during 11 planting events around Aotearoa. What's more, our trusty tree planting team delivered educational presentations to 25 schools, helping to inform more than 3253 school students about the issues of water quality in New Zealand and inspire change through simple solutions to fix these problems.  

Thanks to beautiful people like your good self, Sustainable Coastlines is able to continue their work to inspire, educate and enable others to look after the coastlines and waterways we love. Kudos to you. Now, with summer poking its sunny head around the corner, we're looking forward to giving back to our beaches, with a series of clean ups planned at a coastline near you.

Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre

The past few months have been our busiest to date, with our Centre in Grey Lynn now open six days per week – Monday to Saturday. In June this year we launched four new music therapy programmes in the wider Auckland community, with music therapy now available on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula in the North and Orakei in the East. This brings the total number of outreach programmes we are delivering in Auckland communities to 15. We’re now in discussions with potential locations in Mangere and Otara in South Auckland in the hopes to launch two new programmes in early 2016.

Last month we welcomed our new Clinical Services Development Manager, Jen Ryckaert to the team. Jen visited the Centre in February this year from Rochester, USA and we are thrilled that she has decided to move to New Zealand to come and work with us. Jen will be key in helping us expand our services further geographically and also to work with a wider range of children and adolescents with special needs and disabilities.

It is through the support of you – the One Percent Collective members – that we are not only able to continue working with an average of 200 children and adolescents each week, but also to look at growing our service further to enable more young people access to music therapy and a chance to change their lives, through music.


This year Amped4Life has impacted the lives of nearly 17,000 kids in 55 High Schools across the North Island. We have been going into some tough areas throughout the Hawkes Bay, sharing a positive message which inspires change through our life giving message. We’re loving serving our local communities in this way.

We have helped facilitate new Drug & Alcohol policies within industry standards in Kawerau, where we have managed to deliver empowering messages to many parents and grandparents.

We are extremely grateful for the financial support and partnership One Percent Collective supporters have made to Amped4Life and without your help we would be limited in our effectiveness in taking our message to a larger demographic, to combat the ongoing scourge of substance abuse within our nation.

Project Jonah

Thanks to the generous donations received from members of One Percent Collective, not only can we meet some of our regular ongoing costs, we are able to set aside funds which can be called upon during a stranding emergency. That regular income means we can plan for the future, which is at times one of our biggest challenges.

On the 27th of August a very rare Antarctic Minke whale became stranded in Point Chevalier, Auckland. We spent several hours caring for this whale as well as looking after the members of the public who came along and helped on the day. The whale was stranded on a treacherous muddy shell bank with a quick incoming tide and the stranding site had the potential to be very dangerous. We worked alongside the Department of Conservation and the whale was successfully refloated on the incoming tide that afternoon. Knowing that we can respond to such emergencies and meet any unexpected costs, allows us to focus on the welfare of the whales and people, rather than worrying about finances.

So far this year we have received calls involving 219 animals. This covers 10 different species and involved a variety of responses from us and our medics. On Valentine’s day, we had the largest stranding in New Zealand in over 15 years, with 198 long finned pilot whales stranded at Farewell spit in Golden Bay. Over 500 people attended this stranding, and Project Jonah staff and medics ensured these people were all aware of the dangers and knew how to stay safe around these wild and helpless animals.

Last summers’ training season saw us run 16 medic courses and train 365 new volunteer medics and members of the public prepared to attend a stranding in their community or further afield. Thanks to you for helping make all of this possible so we can continue ongoing life saving work.


At SpinningTop we are emerging from winter feeling pretty darn good about all that we've managed to support so far this year with your help.

We have partnered with an Italian non-governmental organisation to provide stationery to 66 migrant learning centres around Mae Sot, Thailand. This means that 110,00 exercise books are being distributed to thousands of migrant kids from Burma this month. These books are essential to their ability to learn.

We are again providing some support to the incredible Thoo Mwee Khee School in Thailand, which provides education and boarding to around 700 kids. Our agriculture project there is still going strong and means a constant source of fresh, nutritious food for the children, as well as being a great educational tool.

Inside Burma your funds go even further. At one remote village we are helping extend their school building and install solar panels for less than $3,000 NZD. This will transform life for the small children that learn and board at the school.

In the border town of Myawaddy, a town full of vulnerable young people, we are embarking on a new venture with an organisation called Stay in School. This aims to improve the life chances and opportunities of young Burmese. After two years of research and trials in schools, a centre is being established and opens in November this year. The centre will offer non-formal education and life skills to young people who have dropped out of the education system, which is common at around 12-13 years, and are at-high risk of many forms of exploitation. With the generosity of our One Percenters and other donors, we intend to reach and teach around 360 vulnerable young people here in the first six months. Thank you.


Not yet a donor? Support our current priority charities HERE. They'd sure appreciate it! 

Deputy Mayor, Family Man

Justin Lester. You may know him as Wellington’s Deputy Mayor, or perhaps as the Councillor for the Northern Ward? Or maybe you know him as the super-smiley Johnsonville local, who loves his family and the place in which he lives? Recently we got to know how family tragedy shaped his philosophy, and when The Neonatal Trust swooped in to support the Lester clan in their time of need.


I first really experienced the heart of a community after my Father passed away. We were living in Invercargill which is an extremely tight-knit community where people look out for each other and are quick to lend a hand. When the sad news spread, everyone pitched in and helped our family out. We didn’t have a car, so friends would come and give me and my brothers rides to sports and school. Our teachers were amazing and bent over backwards to help, and if money was ever an issue, someone always managed to make it work so we never missed out.

I owe a huge personal debt to that community because I relied on the goodwill and generosity of others. Without those people, I wouldn’t have had the same opportunities. I fully acknowledge them and am so grateful. Now I want to ensure others have the same opportunities I have had in life.

Now I live in Johnsonville with my wife and two little girls. I love the fact that it’s a hugely diverse place and very grounded. We are proud of our community spirit and our history in a quiet and determined way. Lots of people have lived here for a long time and the notion of volunteerism and community service is exceptionally strong.

Wellingtonians and New Zealanders in general are extremely hospitable, open and tolerant – that’s one thing I love about living here. Newcomers often report back how helpful people are and how safe they feel, which is a real luxury for us to have as a city and as a country.

Working in local government most of the people I see every day are doing what they do because they want to do the best for Wellington and Wellingtonians. I am continually amazed at the lengths people go to, helping others out and making lives more enjoyable – be it in our libraries, our pools or our social housing projects.

We have amazing support in this country when it comes to looking after one-another. We felt this recently when our family had a gut wrenching experience which involved the life of my daughter Harriet. My wife Liz was 30 weeks pregnant with our second child when one night she suddenly woke up because she thought her waters might have partly broken. We were uncertain, but her intuition kicked in and we contacted our Midwife who told us to come into hospital immediately. As it turned out, Liz didn’t end up leaving until Harriet was born. Harriet was eventually born after two weeks in hospital with a gestation period of 32 and a half weeks.

Our biggest scare came after we’d been home with Harriet for four days. She caught a cold and was unresponsive so we took her to the emergency department to be checked out. After the initial assessment we thought she would be okay. But the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) demanded to see her because she was still very small and they took her into observation. Within a matter of hours both her lungs had collapsed and she was on intubation and ventilation. It can be pretty terrifying when your precious wee baby is struggling to stay alive – you feel helpless and stressed. Had they not responded so quickly it’s likely she would have died.

Tiny woollen clothes are donated to The Neonatal Trust by kind Kiwi knitters.

Tiny woollen clothes are donated to The Neonatal Trust by kind Kiwi knitters.

When the chips were really down, The Neonatal Trust and NICU were there. There are little things that the Trust do, like collecting stories of parents with premature babies which are displayed on the walls – these stories give so much hope. We also received things like tiny premature sized clothing because we weren’t able to find anything that would fit such a small baby, and they lent us a breast pump for expressing milk because Harriet needed to be tube fed. We were lucky because we lived in Wellington, but other parents are flown in from all over the country and don’t have loved ones around them. Supportive teams make sure that nearby accommodation is taken care of. The ongoing moral support we have received was just incredible.

Our experience has certainly brought us closer together as a family, and made us realise how helpless we are in the event of a medical emergency. We relied completely on the professionalism and guidance of NICU staff to get our baby through. The support and comfort of The Neonatal Trust let us know we weren’t in it alone as there are thousands of Kiwi families who have premature babies each year.

As I reflect on all the experiences that have brought me here, I know that the most important thing I can give is time. Be it at home with my family, or trying to help someone that has hit an obstacle, these are the most satisfying things for me now.

There are 23 neonatal units in New Zealand, and every year over 5,000 babies are cared for.

The Wellington NICU alone cared for over 1,000 babies last year – The Neonatal Trust, along with support information, handed out over 700 pairs of booties!

The Neonatal Trust is one of One Percent Collective's partner charities. If you'd like to support them with your 1%, just click below. Cheers!

5 of our favourite stories

These are 5 of our favourite stories and videos from the past few years of One Percent Collective storytelling. Enjoy!

The Future Video by Mark Albiston

Warren Maxwell & Thomas Oliver Live

Alan Norman

Piano. Accordion. Ukulele. These are just a few of the instruments that Alan Norman plays. You see, Alan speaks music. It’s the language in which he expresses himself. Sometimes it’s the language he uses where he works. Alan works at Downtown Community Ministry (DCM) – a charity organisation that deals with homeless Wellingtonians, providing much needed support to over 850 service users. Alan spends his time connecting with service users on a daily basis, building a rapport of trust and friendship, often with the help of a guitar or two. He also has established DCM’s first Ukulele Orchestra – Ukes Matawaka. This orchestra meets weekly to rehearse and perform around town. We talk to Alan about how music transcends great divides.

The orchestra rehearse a number

The orchestra rehearse a number

Performing for World Homeless Day

Performing for World Homeless Day

“I was brought up in Titahi Bay. It was a great place to grow up and develop an affinity with the sea, which still has a big influence on my life. I began playing and learning music at a very young age and I found I had a pretty keen ear. Amongst my more formal training I found I could play something just by listening to it.

I’ve been fortunate to have played with some of the best in the business and I’ve played on countless recordings for different artists. Being with the Warratahs I learnt a bunch of country licks. You’ll still find me out there playing ‘live’ around Wellington with different combinations of people and instruments.

I trained as a psychopaedic nurse in 70s, and found that music was an incredible therapeutic tool. Now I often have guitars in my office. At DCM playing and singing Waiata is a good way of initially getting to know someone. Two minutes of ‘jamming’ can be as beneficial as 2 hours of talking. It’s also a good conversation piece if dealing with a music enthusiast of which there are many here! A musical exchange between two people can ease any tension and can lead to easy conversation. It can break down barriers.

Ukes Matawaka play at Waitangi Day

Ukes Matawaka play at Waitangi Day

The Ukes Matawaka was a collective idea and came about after enthusiasm for a singing group started to wane. It is necessary because it gives people in our service a chance to express themselves creatively. One person that joined us is Bronwyn. Bronwyn is a remarkable singer who has gained confidence in her singing by participating in the Ukes Matawaka. She has a unique colour in her vocal tone that gives the orchestra character.   

I’ve had some wonderful moments with the Ukes Matawaka and I’m looking forward to widening the program to include an open forum for jamming, practical and theory. Rhythm, melody and lyrics can really and truly enrich someone’s life.”

DCM provides essential services to Wellington's vulnerable, such as health care, access to housing, financial advice and food parcels. If you would like to leanr more about the work that they do, and to give your 1% to them through One Percent Collective, check them out below.

Kids Visit Little India

Hot stuff! Little India Porirua showed a bunch of budding chefs from Cannons Creek School the magic that happens in a professional restaurant kitchen. Garden to Table volunteer extraordinaire Tess Clarke from Healthy Future Families Trust got to share the experience and a decent meal at the end. Read about her full on fun day.  

The trip to Little India was a huge success, the children were so excited. Most of them had never been to a restaurant before, so it was a really special experience.

We took a group of eight year six children who have shown particular interest in cooking in the Garden to Table classes. Amit – the restaurant manager explained to the kids how the professional kitchen operates. They learned that much of the food preparation takes place well before there are any customers in! 

The kids got to see all the spices being prepared for roasting for the garam masala. They were able to see, touch and smell all the different components that make up the curries. Marinating, cooking tandoori chicken, aloo matter and butter chicken, making various Indian breads, and rolling roti were all new skills learnt by the team.

Finally we were seated at a table in the restaurant with other diners. Eating in a restaurant was a new experience for most of these children and we talked about how people behave when they eat out and are sharing communal food with others.  One girl said she was now the only person in her family who had ever been to a ‘flash restaurant’. The children embraced this new experience and their behavior was faultless. I was very proud of them all.  

We were finally served an amazing feast. Only two of the kids thought they might have eaten Indian food before and they were all overwhelmed by the new flavours and smells. They loved the food and demolished it all!

The experience was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. One boy said "this is the best day of my life". Another was so keen to stay that he offered to stay behind and do the dishes! He was told that he could come back and ask for a job when he was older and that he would start with dish washing.

I asked the children over lunch what their highlights from the day were. Reponses included: "everything". "Rolling out the bread". "Being allowed to go in the kitchen and see what they do". "Learning about all the different herbs and spices used in Indian cooking and the techniques they use". "Eating all the food".

We are very grateful to Jagnu, the owner of the Little India restaurants for making this amazing experience possible for these children.

Garden to Table are helping to grow our future chefs one school at a time. Find out more about them here and find out how you can help them out through One Percent Collective

Empty Bowls 2015

What’s in every home, used everyday, and has the potential to raise some serious funds for a super awesome Wellington charity? Bowls. Yes that’s right, bowls. Soup bowls, pudding bowls, maybe even bowls for haircuts – The Wellington Potters Association have put clay to kiln in order to raise some funds for our partner charity DCM with their project Empty Bowls 2015.

A target of 850 handcrafted bowls was set by the Wellington potters to symbolise the number of people going through DCM each year. These bowls are to be sold at local cafés and at the popular supermarket Moore Wilson's. "For $20 people will get a beautiful bowl. It's a token to always remind them they are lucky to be able to buy a nice warm bowl of soup,” says organiser Rebecca Flowerday.

Masterchef Rex Morgan from Boulcott St Bistro will launch the bowls at Moore Wilson's on Saturday the 1st of August at 11am, along with a bowl of soup for the punters. Keep your eyes peeled for this wonderful example of creative philanthropy in a café near you.

Images by Digital Ninja



The Good Guys

At One Percent Collective we exist to inspire generosity and to simplify regular giving to causes we care about. We know our partner charities can to do more to innovate and impact the issues they exist to solve if they are spending less time and money on fundraising. However fundraising events are still a really great way to bring the community together and to reach new supportive audiences. This little story is about how a great little fundraiser called 'The Good Guys' came together and is having an impact on vulnerable kids in Burma.


Hell Yeah

There are some people out there, so generous with their time, who just say ‘yes’. And with that simple word great things can happen.

Our partner charity SpinningTop has been hosting a comedy show in the NZ International Comedy Festival for eight years. It is a really important fundraising event in their calendar and it is dependent on great people saying ‘yes’. Fortunately, each year an incredible line-up of comedians donate their talent and their night off (!) during the festival to this show. The other stars of the show are the sponsors, especially the supremely awesome Hell Pizza, and anyone who has bought tickets to the shows.

From Zero to Hero

The Good Guys comedy show has a budget of ZERO DOLLARS, with everything donated or sponsored so all funds raised through ticket sales go to helping vulnerable children.

Last year around $15,000 was raised which meant SpinningTop could fund the construction, and contribute to the first year running costs, of a brand new school in an isolated area of Burma. The fantastic new school was built in Mae K’Lah by locals to the specifications of the local community. Opening in 2 months, the school will teach up to 150 children who come from six small villages in the region, all of these villages are isolated and under resourced. These kids now have the opportunity to learn, they are fed at school and are not alone at home, vulnerable to exploitation or child labour. This project follows on nicely from SpinningTop's 2013 show which raised enough to build a school for 140 children in a village called Hter The Leh.

Hter The Leh School. Built thanks to your laughs!

Hter The Leh School. Built thanks to your laughs!

A fiver for a comedian?

SpinningTop’s comedy show, The Good Guys, is happening again this May – on the 3rd in Wellington and on the 10th in Auckland. There is an incredible line-up of award-winning comedians including Jeremy Elwood, Dai Henwood, Urzila Carlson, Ben Hurley, Paul Ego, Steve Wrigley and James Nokise.

Really? Us? Jokes made that?! It’s hard to get my head around, but it makes me very, very happy!
— Michele A'Court

Go here for tickets and the full line up: www.spinningtop.org/good-guys

For a ticket price of $37 it usually works out at about $5 or $6 a comedian – what an amazing deal! You get a hilarious night of comedy and help build something amazing for kids that really need a hand up from us big people.

Thank YOU. Thank you HELL PIZZA. Thank you FUNNY PEOPLE.