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Family Help Trust Patron 

Lesley Max

PATRON, Dame Lesley Max, has been a strong advocate for New Zealand children for many years. She is CEO of the Great Potentials Foundation - "helping children, young people and families to flourish" - and has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Family Help Trust since its inception in 1990. In the 2010 New Years Honours list she was made a dame companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to children.

The following are previous Patrons and Kaumatua, whose contributions we acknowledge and treasure

Dame Silvia Cartwright

His Honour Judge Andrew Becroft

Patron 2006-2016

 Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand. In 1986 he helped establish the Mangere Community Law Centre and worked as its senior solicitor until 1993. He then worked as a criminal barrister in South Auckland until his appointment to the District Court in 1996, then as Principal Youth Court Judge in 2001. He is married with three children, and is a keen sports watcher (but an average participant). He is a strong advocate of youth issues.

Dame Sylvia Cartwright

Patron, 2004 - 2006

Governer-General of New Zealand from 2001-2006, Dame Sylvia was always a keen supporter of our work and spoke out frequently about this country's poor record on child abuse.

Dame Ann Ballin

Patron, 2000 - 2003

Dame Ann was a trustee of Family Help Trust for about 10 years. In 2000, when her mobility was quite compromised and she could no longer attend board meetings, she was appointed as our National Patron. Dame Ann became involved in our work because she could see the importance of interrupting generational dysfunction. Helping us with our work also had the potential of decreasing the number of victims. She died in 2003.

KAUMATUA, Koka Heeni Phillips, had iwi affiliations with Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata, Rongomaiwahine, Ruapani and Ngati Porou. From 1984 she was a practitioner of Rongoa Maori (traditional Maori healing) , she campaigned for 40 years for Te Reo Maori and Kapahaka, and was a staunch advocate of the Kohanga Reo movement from its inception. In 2000 she established Te Rapana Trust to promote and protect the right of Maori to practise Rongoa. She died in 2011.