New member for Foundation

By Ilona Hanne

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Te Karaka Foundation chair Ken Horner says he is delighted with the appointment of Kelvin Squire to the Foundation Board.

Kelvin joined the Foundation before its formal launch with Sir Stephen Tindall on 2 June, and brings a wealth of experience having served in a range of governance roles. Ken says Kelvin holds an important role in representing the Central Taranaki community.

"Ensuring strong representation from throughout the Taranaki region has been a primary focus for deputy chair Paul Goldsmith and me as the Foundation has developed. We are pleased to have Kelvin on board to offer a Central Taranaki perspective alongside his education and governance experience".

Kelvin retired as principal of Stratford Primary in 2013, after 40 years in principal roles in both the North and South Islands. An associate of the New Zealand Educational Institute and life member of the New Zealand Principals' Federation, Kelvin currently has a small independent Education Consultancy working with school leaders throughout Taranaki. Kelvin is in his third term as a Stratford District Councillor and is a trustee of both the Stratford Community House and the Te Wera Outdoor Recreational Trust.

Kelvin says he looks forward to making a lasting difference through his role on the Foundation board.

"My father instilled in me (and my brother and sister) the notion we should try to leave the planet better than we found it; a lasting legacy so to speak. All of three of us developed a social conscience and became educators. We have all tried very hard to leave a positive, indelible print on the lives of those that we have come in contact with. The notion of the Te Karaka Foundation's philanthropic goal of inspiring and enabling giving for a thriving Taranaki sits very nicely with these aspirations."

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- Stratford Press

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