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In Our Communities

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In Our Communities

Tompkins Wake has been part of our local communities for over 100 years; actively supporting and helping make a positive difference in our communities is a key part of our DNA. It helps create positive change and better outcomes, building stronger communities and a more prosperous New Zealand.

It’s a responsibility we take seriously. It’s something we’re proud of. We do this in 3 key ways:

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Giving back to our communities

We support our communities by getting involved and contributing where we can make a difference. Our people currently give their time to the following organisations:

Community Partnerships

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Sport Waikato was founded in 1986 to cover the area from Coromandel to Turangi and Waihi to Kawhia, with a population of approximately 382,000. Sport Waikato’s role is to get and keep the communities of the region active. Sport Waikato employs approximately 70 full-time staff around the region and its main office is in Hamilton.

Sport Waikato is a charitable trust governed by a board of trustees and managed by a chief executive. Tompkins Wake has been associated with Sport Waikato since its inception with various partners sitting as trustees since 1986. Partner Phil Taylor is currently a trustee and Chairperson at Sport Waikato.

Tompkins Wake also supports Sport Waikato as sponsor of the Performance Coach of the Year award at the Waikato Regional Sports Awards.


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Momentum Waikato Community Foundation is an independent, permanent resource for high-impact philanthropic giving within the Waikato. It links generous donors to strategic charitable investments targeted at transformational change, whilst building a permanent endowment for the benefit of generations to come.

Momentum Waikato works by pooling funds to have a greater impact in bringing about positive and powerful social change. The Foundation is part of a global movement where communities are taking back responsibility for finding solutions to their own challenges.

Tompkins Wake is proud to be a corporate partner to Momentum Waikato and provide pro-bono legal services.

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Volunteering Waikato has two main objectives - to ensure community groups get the volunteers they need, and to ensure that volunteers get the most out of their decision to give their time, energy and passion. Tompkins Wake is proud to support Volunteering Waikato and the annual Volunteer Excellence Awards.


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The National Contemporary Art Award can be described as brave, colourful and never shy, an award which takes on an exciting genre – contemporary art. Contemporary art is simply described as art that has been and continues to be created during our lifetimes. In other words, contemporary to us. Or more simply, the art of now. Tompkins Wake is the major sponsor of this nationally recognised award and we are proud to support the arts.

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Te Aka Mauri is a collaboration between Rotorua Lakes Council and Lakes District Health Board to create an amazing facility which is home to the Rotorua Library and the DHB’s Children’s Health Hub. The name Te Aka Mauri was gifted by Ngā Mahinga Toi, a group of iwi leaders brought together to guide the design process. Te Aka means the vine or interconnection and Mauri means life force or essence. The name reflects the shared vision to create a facility of excellence to advance community wellbeing and understanding. Tompkins Wake is proud to support this award-winning initiative to deliver benefits to the community around wellbeing and learning.

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The Tompkins Wake Rotorua Business Awards are delivered annually by the Rotorua Business Chamber. These high-profile business awards celebrate innovation and creativity in the business sector and have been a highlight of Rotorua’s business calendar for well over 20 years. As well as offering recognition for your organisation, the awards provide the opportunity to benchmark and gain expert advice on how you can continue to prosper. Senior Associate Michelle Urquhart is Vice President of the Rotorua Business Chamber board.

Pro Bono

Pro Bono work allows us to contribute with impact and to better understand the organisations we support. Over the past year we have completed significant pro bono work for the following organisations helping make a positive difference and assisting their growth: 

  • Waikato Women's Refuge Te Whakaruruhau
  • Hamilton Gardens Trust
  • Momentum Foundation
  • Agenda Waikato
  • Rotorua Community Hospice Trust


RAW (Reclaim Another Woman) is a charitable social venture set up by Annah Stretton to work with recidivist female offenders, giving them real choice to make a behavioural change, by replacing amplifying criminal activity through scholar-shipped education and negotiated work. Tompkins Wake is proud to support RAW and provide pro-bono services.



Stop the Bus Charitable Trust (a play on ‘stop the abuse’) was born from a belief that small kindnesses can be as powerful as big systems. The Trust believes that positive community led initiatives are vital if children in New Zealand are to be valued and live lives free of violence and fear.  The Trust aims to raise awareness about child abuse and provide discussion, ideas and inspiration for how people can tangibly help children in their own communities.

Tompkins Wake is proud to support Stop the Bus and provide pro-bono services. Partner Campbell Stewart is also a trustee.