About us

The NZ Navigator Trust

The NZ Navigator Trust has an ambitious vision - to create a growing portfolio of digital spaces that provide easy access to a number of high quality tools and resources that equip community organisations and create a thriving charitable and community sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.

In 2013 we started work on an elegant, easy-to-use organisational self-assessment tool called NZ Navigator, never envisaging that a few years later we'd have a digital space with a number of websites focused on the development of community organisations in New Zealand.

Our approach to the rapid growth of this space has been: we will focus on whatever is most needed, based on whatever priorities spin out of our recent projects. We combine these wherever possible with emerging technological developments, and use the knowledge and skills that we have gained along the way. We also happen to really enjoy what we do.

Our guiding principles

Who’s involved?

Marion Blake

Marion Blake, MNZM: as a longtime advocate for the critical role of community in mental health and addictions, Marion (as Chief Executive of Platform Trust) initiated the work that culminated in NZ Navigator. Currently also Chair of Northable Matapuna Hauora. Marion was Chair of the original NZ Navigator Governance Group; a Foundation Trustee of NZ Navigator Trust; and Chairperson.

Paulien Fa'afata

Paulien Fa'atafa: Paulien joined NZ Navigator Trust in 2020. She has worked in community organisations and understands how demanding and variable roles can be. Paulien joined the trust because of her interests in communication and engagement, and empowering people to achieve their goals.

Barbara Wallace

Barbara Wallace: a member of the project team at the start of the NZ Navigator journey, Barbara's continuing engagement stems from her interest is helping create beautiful, easy-to-use websites and practical, time-saving resources for community sector organisations. As the Hub Coordinator, Barbara looks after the Trust's operations and is also a foundation Trustee.

Partnerships and alliances

The lines separating government, community, business, technologies and citizens are all starting to disappear. We realise that partnerships and alliances will be critical to the ongoing development of this digital space. If you are interested in sharing your time, resources and/or expertise with us in order to accelerate the innovation process, please contact us at info@nzntrust.org.nz.


We would like to thank the following organisations for supporting the digital hub. Our work is sustained by these funders and partners.

Todd Foundation Lotteries Grant Board
NGO Council  
Platform Trust BAF
Springtimesoft DIA