Our purpose is to work for children, young people and families to relieve suffering; release potential; reduce disparities in NZ society; reduce crime and violence; break the cycle of disadvantage and promote family functionality.

"We need to stop be-moaning the problems and start acting on solutions. A good future for families and New Zealand is within our reach. Let's just do it!"



Major Supporters

ANZ New Zealand Staff Foundation

Auckland Council

Berman, K

Bruell, P and C

Bruell, R


Campbell, R J and Lambourne, J

Carter, V

Chartwell Trust

Eclipse Fund

Four Winds Foundation

Fletcher Trust, The

Fraser, AM and CA

Fuji Xerox Charities Committee

Gatting’s Events and Catering

Hamana Charitable Trust

Innerwheel Club of Howick

Knight, K and J

Lawrence Family Trust

Leys Charitable Trust

MacLean, K

Marilyn’s Hairdressing

Maurice Paykel Charitable Trust

Mindel, P S

Mt Wellington Foundation Ltd

Old, A J

Rotary Club of Auckland East

Smith, A and F

Stiassny, M and M

Surynt, C and J

Sutherland Self Help Trust

Tutanekai Investments

Wilson, C

Zonta Club of East Auckland Inc

Event Supporters

CallPlus Charity Golf Day

Auntsfield Four Legged Race

Donors and Friends

AH Watson Charitable Trust

Alison, H

Awatere Club

Bassett, J

Beattie, G D

Berman, R and Mogridge, F

BNZ Papakura

Business Appraisals Ltd

Cabra Holdings

Cauchi, S

Cleghorn, P

Cook, R

Cotton, WDJ

Davis, Dr R and Mrs L

Du Chateau, C

Diocesan School for Girls

Duncan, K G and L J

Edwards, G M

Eternally Young Limited

Evans, E

Fisher, I

Fitzgibbon, A

Fletcher, A

Fletcher, J and V

Fundraise Online


Geary, L S

Gluckman, R

Hellaby, Lady Dawn

Hughes, J

Innerwheel Club of Shore City

James Wallace Arts Trust

Kemble, G and K

Kennings, P

Kirk, C M

Krukziener, A and V

Leaning J and Davendran, P

Lynch, Br P J

McCollam, B

Markson, S

Mataira, L

Matthews, Dr and Mrs J

Moses, R and B

Nanette Cameron Interior Design Guild

Nathan, A

Patullo, B

Pelorus Trust    

Petraska, A

Physio Rehab Group

Pizzey, F

Pollock, D J and M A

Ponga, M J

Post, S

Quota International of Papakura Inc

Roberts, K

Robertson, J

Robinson, D and Y

Ross, A

Ross, Dr C and Mrs W

Stiassny, D and A

Stuckey, C

Tait, Lady Philippa

Tetro, M

Tetro, S

Tooley & Associates

U3A St Heliers

Weir, J

Willoughby, G

Thanks also to those individuals and organisations who support Great Potentials and the children, young people and families we work with, through pro-bono advice, ‘in-kind’ donations or providing goods or services at a reduced rate:


Amy Karrasch

Auckland University Students Association

Clevedon Presbyterian

Clevedon School

Clevedon Youth Group

Department of Corrections/Community Service

Dilworth School

Jenny Cooper

John McBride

Judith Boynton

Kiwianis Club of Papakura

Louise Surynt

Lynda Kelly

Marissa Paniora

Marion Heppner

Mary Smith

Rachel Spillane

Renee Stewart

Rotary Club of Drury

Sarah Corson

Victoria Carter

Winston Watt

Vodafone NZ



Prime Minister John Key’s Visit to the Takanini Family Service Centre

On Friday 8th August we had some very special guests visit the Takanini Family Service Centre – Prime Minister John Key and Judith Collins. Here they are with Family Service Centre staff, and Great Potentials Chairman Angus Fletcher.

GP-JK AUG2014_064


Listener Article

Great Potentials is featured in the July 12-18 2014 issue of the Listener magazine! Click here to see the full article.

listener picture


Click here to read the full story.

2012-2013 Annual Report

Follow the link to read Dame Lesley Max’s report from Great Potentials’ Annual Report 2012-2013:

CEO’s Report Annual Report 2012 – 2013

For the full Annual Report 2012-2013, follow the link below:

Annual Report 2012-2013


Coroner’s report on Kahui twins’ deaths – Dame Lesley speaks on Radio NZ National

25 July 2012

The coroner’s report on the deaths of the three-month-old Kahui twins has been released.  Simon Moore SC, Crown Solicitor for Auckland, Patrick Kelly, Auckland Starship Pediatrician and Clinical Director of the Child Protection Team and Great Potentials CEO, Dame Lesley Max, speak with Kathryn Ryan on Nine to Noon.  Listen to the audio here (Dame Lesley starts at 21 mins).