Our History

The Chenery Memorial Trust

Back in 1976, Miss Rose Hilda Alice Chenery (or Hilda as she was sometimes known) established this Charitable Trust in memory of her parents. She lived to 100years and spent much of her working life at W A Chenery Ltd, a plumbing firm in Newmarket, Auckland.

While known to be a private person, Miss Chenery was well liked and cared for her parents until their deaths. Her parents were English and spent a short time in Christchurch after their arrival in NZ before then settling in Auckland.

The Lois Dalley Charitable Trust

Miss Lois Dorothy Dalley enjoyed the outdoors (hunting, fishing, shooting) and owned a lake edge property at Lake Rotoiti. Earlier in her life she travelled to London from NZ arriving shortly after the first World War, and with financial support from friends she developed a taxi business which she later sold.
Following her return to NZ she established a car business in Broadway,  Newmarket, which she ran for many years before it was sold.

June Gray Charitable Trust

Mary June Gray was originally from Napier and not only survived the Napier earthquake in 1931 at the age of 11, but went on to live for 93 years. She was one of Auckland University’s earliest female accounting graduates, which lead her into an accountancy career. She developed a very close and involved connection with the Mt Albert Presbyterian Church. Following the death of her father (who was in the car sales business), June saw the opportunity to share the family wealth, and in 1999 she set up this Trust, with a particular focus on education, assistance for the elderly and underprivileged.