Established in 2020, the Warriors Community Foundation strives to connect, educate and inspire our local communities.
To be THE catalyst for positive social change through physical & mental wellbeing in Aotearoa.
To connect, educate and inspire our community through the mana of the One New Zealand Warriors.
We tackle social issues with programmes and community initiatives that support mental health, anti-bullying, literacy, and other wellbeing skills that support success for our tamariki, rangatahi and whānau.
We are extremely grateful for the support we receive from our partners'. Our partners generous financial support helps fund community programmes that deliver positive social outcomes. Partnering with the Warriors Community Foundation gives organisations an opportunity for rich engagement with New Zealanders through relevant and meaningful connections.
I have been involved in community engagement and management of the non-for-profit sector for over 15 years after moving from the UK where I taught as a primary school teacher and worked in a school sports partnership delivering programmes to over 180 schools. I love the mahi in the community with our tamariki and rangatahi and I’m excited about the journey alongside the One New Zealand Warriors. He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.
Kairuruku Hapori-Community Programmes Coordinator
I coordinate and facilitate events and programmes for the Warriors Community Foundation using the One NZ Warriors’ brand as the vehicle to inspire our tamariki. Through my football career in both rugby league and rugby union plus previous employment, I have had plenty of opportunities to engage with the public. I enjoy the diversity and pride myself in having the ability to build a rapport with a variety of ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. I am strongly committed to team-building and professional development. I take pride in my personal appearance and am regarded as a leader with a strong sense of personal motivation. I have proven ability to build and work collaboratively in a strong team environment, and independently. My passion and dedication to see the development of the Warriors Community Foundation is the driving force to every aspect of my work. I am committed to working alongside other members of our team and I understand that without the people behind the scenes doing the mahi that the business wouldn't be as strong.
Paris is one of our fantastic community activators that deliver our programmes across Aotearoa. Her current team is Pt. Chev Pirates. She has played at various representative levels and Tarsha Gale Cup in Australia for Manly Sea Eagles. She was named ARL Full-Back for 2023.
Ruben Wiki ONZM
Warriors Community Foundation Ambassador
My mission is to inspire young people to reach their potential – don’t let anything stop you from achieving your goals. I want to show the next generation it's possible. Where you grew up, where you come from, ethnicity or anything else doesn't limit you and what you want to achieve. You can do it. As a family we have established a gym in Otara - Wiki Workz Fitness -I'm proud to be the Warriors Community Foundation's ambassador, giving me the chance to help with programmes on improving literacy and enjoyment of physical and mental wellbeing.
I am the global marketing manager for Autex Industries, my family business which I (along with Michelle) are third generation employees! My role in the Warriors Community Foundation is to build our recognition within the community using my marketing background, help conceptualise and deliver new community projects and bring a lot of passion and fun to our team. Being a Robinson, I am naturally a die-hard rugby league fan but enjoy nearly every sport and spend a lot of my spare time either playing or watching it. Being raised in both Melbourne and Auckland, with a stint in the UK, I now live in Auckland with my partner and Golden Retriever, Freddy.
Marcel van Vliet
Hi there, I am the Autex CFO or chief bean counter. Born and raised in Holland I did not grow up with league or the Warriors. I have had the opportunity to come close to the team and the great community work they do. It was easy to become very enthusiastic about being involved in the Warriors Community Foundation. One of my greatest passions is to help educate the next generation. Key in any learning process is understanding. Without understanding what you are being taught, very little will be retained. The way the foundation presents and runs its programs is a fantastic way to help with the understanding and involvement of young people. It is a great opportunity to reach out and encourage passion and the right attitude.
I am the manufacturing manager at our family business Autex Industries and have just hit my 10-year anniversary. The nature of my job means I look after a large chunk of the business which involves managing and helping a lot of different people. I am very passionate about my role. With all our family being huge league fans, it was a no brainer to jump on board when the opportunity arose. I am also on the board of the Rosebank Business Association, so with my experience I am hoping to contribute where I can to the Warriors Community Foundation and being part of the positive change this will make to so many people’s lives.
I am a lawyer in the private client team at Glaister Ennor. I worked with the One New Zealand Warriors to establish the Warriors Community Foundation and along with the other trustees, my role is to ensure the foundation meets it charitable purposes and complies with any legal requirements as well as overseeing its charitable activities. I have worked in the area of trusts and foundations in many jurisdictions around the world including the United Kingdom, Cook Islands, Channel Islands, Canada and New York. I’m married with five children and of course a long time Warriors supporter!
How can my business help? Take the opportunity to help the community through partnership with the Warriors Community Foundation.