Whoa Studios
8 – 14 Henderson Valley Rd, Henderson, Auckland

We are looking forward to spending the day with you at the beautiful grounds of Whoa Studios. This unique and creative space will be the most fantastic place for us all to connect with the Lord, with the land and with each other.


This one-day gathering will run from 9am to 9pm. Please arrive between 9 and 9.30am for coffee, followed by speakers, workshops and ending with dinner in the beautiful dining room. There is limited parking onsite so please consider carpooling if you can. If you require transport from Auckland Airport on Friday morning, please let us know on the registration form. The closest accommodation, if you would like to stay the night before or after is Quest Henderson. You can make reservations here. If you need assistance with travel costs please let us know on the registration form.


Starting with coffee on arrival, we will be well-catered for from the on-site kitchen, run by award winning chef Ben Bayly. The meals will include lunch, 5pm drinks & canapes followed by a seated 3 course dinner. Please let us know if you have any allergies on the registration form.


This event is designed for the CEO and Board Chair of each of the charities supported by The Wilberforce Foundation. Please click here to register. Please complete one form per attendee.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Melanie Grace on 027 412 7722 or email melanie@wilberforce.org.nz

Keynote Speakers

The State of Our Nation: Implications for faith-based leaders

— Archbishop Sir David Moxon

Sir David Moxon will be exploring the implications for faith-based leaders living in Aotearoa as we seek to navigate the theological, cultural, sociological, political and organisational changes that are buffeting Aotearoa

Archbishop Sir David Moxon

David is a New Zealand Anglican bishop. He has masterates in social science and theology from Massey and Oxford universities. From 2013 to 2017, he was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. He was previously the Bishop of Waikato in the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki, the Archbishop of the New Zealand dioceses, being one of the three primates of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia.

In the 2014 New Year Honours, David was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Serving on various faith community trusts, he is active in anti-trafficking work from a Christian faith base, and church restorative justice work over Māori land loss. He serves on church school and university hall boards and holds honorary doctorates from Massey and Waikato universities. He is an honorary fellow of St Peter's college Oxford. He is currently the Priory Dean for Hato Hone Aotearoa, the Order of St John (ambulance) in New Zealand.

Responding well to people's experience of harm within church and para church organizations.

— Charlotte Cummings

Drawing on her experiences working with the health and faith-based sectors, Charlotte will help us identify how to respond well to people’s experiences of harm in church and parachurch settings.  What does best practice look like?  How can we know that the organisations that we are leading are safe places?  How do we respond when things go wrong?

Charlotte Cummings

Charlotte is a counsellor and licensed private investigator, based in Ōtautahi, Christchurch. She has held a variety of roles for various churches and charitable trusts. Her background includes providing clinical and operational leadership for a kaupapa Christian NGO mental health service, policy and procedure development for a variety of groups, and responding to individuals who wished to bring forward sensitive complaints through the Catholic Church. Charlotte recently led a high-profile independent review process for a large NZ church. Charlotte has a strong interest in leading church and para church organizations in Aotearoa towards a more person-centred approach to responding to people's experiences of harm, with some radical dreams for restructure and reform in this space. She is blessed to have a busy family life with her husband and three young children who add significantly to the amount of laughter and laundry in her world.


Time Event Venue
9 am Registration
(tea & coffee available)
Red Carpet
9.30 am Welcome: MC Jade Hohaia Theatre
9.50 am Keynote 1
Archbishop Sir David Moxon: The State of Our Nation: Implications for faith based leaders
10.50 am Morning Tea Break Red Carpet
11.15 am Keynote 2
Charlotte Cummings: Responding well to people's experience of harm within church and para church organizations.
12.30 pm Lunch Restaurant
2 pm Workshops Round 1
(details below)
3 pm Afternoon Tea Break Red Carpet
3.30 pm Workshops Round 2
(details below)
5 pm Canapes Red Carpet
6.30 pm Dinner Restaurant


There will be two elective sessions. You can choose to attend two of the following five options. Please indicate on your registration form your preferences:

Topics Speakers Venue
Fundraising in a world changed forever and how you create real Impact in your fundraising Michelle Berriman
from FINZ
The challenges for the Board Chair as we emerge from COVID John Page
from BoardWorks
Connecting with the Lord Pane Kawhia Glooms Lair
(side entrance)
Connecting with the Land Dr Andrew Shepherd & Mitch Shaw Red Carpet
Connecting with the Tangata Whenua Elyse Stubbington Red Carpet

Workshop 1

Fundraising in a world changed forever and how you create real Impact in your fundraising

— Michelle Berriman, Chief Executive FINZ

Be Bold, Be Brave, Be authentically you

Impact takes more than actions, formulas, or textbook strategies. It starts with Inspiration and ends in Trust. Real people create real change, they provide inspiration, motivation and passion with authenticity, care, and trust. These values weave themselves together and are the foundations of inspiring donors, potential donors, supporters, friends, and colleagues. This session is a good reminder to the Changemakers and leaders of the IMPACT we can all make, if we do it well.

This session will look at all how our sector responded to covid, who is thriving and surviving, and what should we be doing post covid.

We will look at the importance of informed leadership, investment in fundraising, donors’ centric approaches to fundraising, and New Zealand’s Code of ethics and professional conduct for organisations that are fundraising.

Michelle Berriman

Michelle has been causing disruption and transformational change in the NPF sector for over 25 years, Michelle is motivated by creating change and making a difference to those facing adversity and wants everyone to be given the chance to be the very best version of themselves. Michelle is currently the Chief Executive of FINZ. Michelle has work in a variety of roles within the charity sector. Prior to a move into fundraising and development she was a youth/community development worker supporting children looked after by the state, running community-based youth projects, and working in juvenile lock-down.

Workshop 2

The Challenges for the Chairperson as we emerge from COVID

— John Page, CEO BoardWorks

John will be discussing the challenges for the Board Chair as we emerge from COIVD including the rising expectations on governors, what we learnt about governance through the COVID period, the dramatic changes in governance in the past five years and support organisations like Wilberforce and BoardWorks can provide to support Chair and board development.

John Page

John is the CEO BoardWorks - working with for purpose and for profit boards to develop their governance.  Prior to joining Boardworks he led Sport New Zealand’s highly regarded governance programme. Its resources, including the Nine Steps to Effective Governance, are in use across New Zealand and around the world. The now widely embraced Governance Mark accreditation system is a world first. John also led the organisation's gender diversity work resulting in women's representation on sport and recreation sector boards moving from 25% to 37% over six years.  John had a long career in the arts, as a manager, consultant and freelance producer. He has worked across most performing arts disciplines including time in theatre, orchestras and festivals and was for six years General Manager of the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Workshop 3

Connecting with the Lord

— Rev Pane Kawhia

Rev Pane will be curating a sacred space for leaders to reflect on the year that was, to connect with the Lord and to be refreshed in His presence to be prepared for what lies ahead.

Rev Pane Kawhia

Rev Pane Kawhia (Ngati porou), is an internationally recognised indigenous Christian leader. Pane is currently the Chair of the Maori Advisory Group at Carey Baptist College and has a vast experience across the body of Christ in Aotearoa. She has served in YWAM and sat on the Anglican General Synod, New Zealand Church Missionary Society, New Zealand Christian Network, South Pacific Christian Women’s Association, and represented her tribe and the Māori Anglican Church respectively at UN Conferences on discrimination against indigenous peoples in Geneva.

Pane is about to commence a thesis through the University of Otago to complete her Masters degree in Theology, as well as starting a business designing and facilitating ceremonies for special occasions. Her ambition is to leave a tangible legacy of the faith of Jesus Christ for her whānau, her tribe, and Aotearoa.

Workshop 4

Connecting with Tangata Whenua

— Elyse Stubbington

Elyse will be leading an interactive connect workshop on the Spirit of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the power and potential of the bi-cultural journey and she will be speaking about the honour of partnering with mana whenua.

Elyse Stubbington

Elyse Stubbington (Ngāti Whanaunga, Ngāti Apakura) is a wahine Māori leader based out of Tāmaki Makaurau. As a consultant she offers cultural navigation support and works with Christian Charitable Trusts to support them with their bi-cultural development journey. Elyse is also serving the national Māori Christian kaupapa - Moko-ā-Rangi and the faith-based te reo Māori kaupapa – Rukua te Rētōtanga. She is about to come on board with Wilberforce to support the Te Rongopai Portfolio in October.

Workshop 5

Connecting with the Land

— Dr Andrew Shepherd & Mitch Shaw

This workshop will help us to think about the impact that our organisation is having on the people that we work with as well as creation. Christians are called to be righteous, literally to live in right relationship, this means living in right relationship with God, ourselves, others and creation. This workshop will help us to reflect on the biblical imperative to care for creation and how we can work towards outworking our mission more sustainably.

Dr Andrew Shepherd

Dr Andrew Shepherd is a Lecturer in Theology and Public Issues in the Theology Programme, University of Otago, (though, based in Wellington).  His working life has been varied, including significant involvement in theological education and Christian leadership formation; leadership roles within Christian non-profit organisations; and participation in international and environmental education.  Andrew has a long association with a number of Wilberforce-connected organisations: Scripture Union, Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship, Adventure Specialities, A Rocha, Laidlaw College.  He was involved in the establishment of A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand – part of the international Christian conservation organisation, A Rocha – and has been with the University of Otago since October 2019.  He teaches and writes extensively around the relationship between Christian faith and care of creation.

Mitch Shaw

In 2018 Mitch Shaw (an ex youth pastor of over 13 years) co-founded Upstream, which exists to strengthen the wellbeing of children and young people in Aotearoa. Our platform connects customers to socially conscious businesses to generate funds for charities that support our next generation. Fast forward 5 years, we are mostly working with companies and organisations to help broker better value outcomes in their supply chain and create impact through Upstream.

In 2022, we developed Oatas (which stands for "Our Actions Tell A Story"). Oatas is a software framework that empowers organisations to measure where they are today on their journey, set goals, find solutions, track progress and report their impact stories across multiple sustainability outcomes.