About us

 

Established in 1998, NZCT is New Zealand's largest gaming trust with 15% of market share. We are proud of the contribution we make to local communities, particularly in the area of amateur sport and active participation. We couldn't do what we do without the help of our hard-working gaming room operators.

NZCT pioneered the development of Regional Advisory Committees (see links in the navigation menu for details) whose members advise us on the distribution of gaming funds in their communities. These committees are made up of highly respected leaders who add local insight and knowledge to our grants decision-making.

Find out more about NZCT by using the links below.

NZCT About Us Factsheet 2021 pdf
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Annual reports

During our 2019/20 financial year, NZCT generated $39.436 million (41% profit) for the benefit of Kiwi communities and were able to distribute $29.4 million through 1,644 grants to 1,251 amateur sports clubs, rescue and life-saving services, education, health, the arts, and cultural and community groups across New Zealand. This is significantly lower than our usual annual distribution due to the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown, which closed all our venues for nearly 2 months.

We'd like to thank the publicans who work with us, because without them we couldn't have achieved this result and for their patience during changes of Covid-19 alert level that have affected their businesses.

 

Meet our trustees

Alan Isaac
Board Chair
David Pilkington
Board Member and Net Proceeds Committee Chair
Kerry Prendergast
Board Member and Audit and Risk Committee Chair
Peter Dale
Board Member
Lesley Murdoch
Board Member
Peter Miskimmin
Board Member
Alan Isaac
Board Chair
David Pilkington
Board Member and Net Proceeds Committee Chair
Kerry Prendergast
Board Member and Audit and Risk Committee Chair
Peter Dale
Board Member
Lesley Murdoch
Board Member
Peter Miskimmin
Board Member
Alan Isaac
Board Chair

Alan Isaac serves a variety of New Zealand commercial, sporting and not for profit businesses in a governance capacity, in addition to past roles with Crown entities. With a strong background in risk minimisation and assurance, Alan is a former national chairman of KPMG and past president of the International Cricket Council.

Alan is a director of Isaac Advisory Services Ltd, Oceania Healthcare (NZ) Ltd, Scales Corporation Limited, SCL Limited, Skellerup Holdings and Selacs Insurance Ltd. He is also the President of the Institute of Directors.

He is on the Board of Wellington Free Ambulance, is a member of the Onslow Historical Society, Martinborough Golf Club and the Royal Wellington Golf Club. He is also president of the Johnsonville Cricket Club, and a life member of and advisor to Cricket Wellington.

He is Chair of the Basin Reserve Trust, a Trustee of Wellington Cricket Trust and Brierley Cricket Foundation, and has interests in Alex Moore Park Sport, New Zealand Rugby, and Community Inc.

Alan was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in 2013.

 

Meet our senior managers

Mike Knell
Chief Executive
Rob Holden
General Manager Operations
Mark Donaldson
Chief Financial Officer
Rae Mazengarb
Compliance and Regulatory Manager
Ben Hodges
National Grants Manager
Mike Knell
Chief Executive
Rob Holden
General Manager Operations
Mark Donaldson
Chief Financial Officer
Rae Mazengarb
Compliance and Regulatory Manager
Ben Hodges
National Grants Manager
Mike Knell
Chief Executive

Mike’s expertise balances both the practical and theoretical needs of business. He spent 18 years in the New Zealand Fire Service, followed by more than a decade as a senior manager in the transport industry. Mike also has an MBA from Massey University and has continually focused on professional development through Harvard Business School, the Institute of Directors, and Massey University.

Mike has a strong passion for governance and is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors and is currently on a couple of not-for-profit boards as an Independent Chair and Trustee. He is a previous Director of EMQUAL, the industry training organisation and standard-setting body for the fire and search and rescue industry.