In mid-2014 Sir Roderick and Gillian, Lady Deane initiated the establishment of a Foundation to assist Pātaka’s Director, Helen Kedgley, and her team to continue to lead the way with ground-breaking exhibitions of Contemporary Māori and Pacifica art.  

Sir Roderick’s initiative received the full support of The Porirua City Council and CEO with strong endorsement from the Mayor. The Council committed to continue funding Pātaka on the same basis as the past so that any money raised by the Foundation will genuinely be dedicated to the development of ambitious future exhibitions.

In December 2014 a trust board chaired by Sir Roderick Deane with Helen Kedgley, Councillor Ken Douglas and Nora Barlow as trustees was established to manage the Foundation and ensure that all funds donated will be used solely for exhibition projects at Pātaka. The Trustees decided that the trust should not incur administration charges. Trustees give their time without fees.


The Pātaka Foundation is a registered charitable trust with tax deductible status that provides an avenue for gifts, donations and bequests to assist the museum to deliver outstanding exhibitions. All donations are acknowledged through the foundation.

As a not-for-profit charitable organisation, the primary objective of the Pātaka Foundation is to provide on-going practical support to Pātaka by making funds available for the development of major exhibitions “over and above” its regular programme. As the Foundation grows, Pātaka looks forward to enhancing diversity within its programming by including internationally sourced exhibitions highlighting exciting contemporary art developments in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. 


Image: We Built This City - Porirua: 50 Years Young, Pataka Art + Museum, photography by Alex Efimoff, 2014
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