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Full circle for founding Chair

The Dame Malvina Major Foundation’s founding Chair, Robin Brockie QSM, has rejoined the Foundation’s trust board, 30 years after he first stepped up to help Dame Malvina ‘share the dream’.

Robin was first involved with the Foundation in a project initiated by the Rotary Club of New Plymouth West, following an address made by Dame Malvina to the club.

“Among other things, she articulated her dream to have a foundation to help support young talented and aspiring vocalists through their development. The dream had its origins from the challenges that Dame Malvina confronted with her own development that she wished that the next generation may not need to endure.

“I was a member of the club and led a group of dedicated Rotarians to establish the framework for the development of the ‘dream’ – an ambitious national philanthropic trust for young people.”

Robin says the idea was an amazing gift of generosity from Dame Malvina who gave her time tirelessly at a period when she was still performing internationally.

“That generosity was also extended by the founding Trustees – Sir Ron Trotter, Hon Dr Michael Bassett, Sir Ross Jansen, Christopher Doig, Angela Gorton and Maurice Cleland – and by the individuals, groups and business who got behind the project.”

After standing down from the original Trust Board in 2000, Robin went on to chair the Taranaki Committee, a position he still holds. He says the committee is unique in its enduring relationship with the TSB Community Trust which has provided in excess of $1 million of funding since 2005.

The Dame Malvina Major Foundation has proved that anything is possible over time, says Robin. “The opportunities for the future are boundless and the need for it will persist, so that is a good future to look forward to.”

This article was originally published in our 30th Anniversary Special Edition of Rhapsody (Summer 2020/21). Download the pdf.


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