Our name, HOPENZ not only reflects our Kiwi roots but honours our affiliation to the world-wide family of HOPE International Development Agency based in Vancouver, Canada.

HOPENZ was established in March 2005 by a group of founding trustees who were deeply moved by the suffering of families in the developing world.

All New Zealand based personnel for HOPENZ are volunteers who work out of a sense of compassion and expectation that things can be made better for families in need and hold the belief that ordinary Kiwis can be an integral part of the solution to poverty.

Current Board

Barbara Stuckey, Chairperson

Paul and I have three children and eight fabulous grandchildren. I work as an independent Counsellor, privileged to work with people who are wanting more for their lives. Joining HOPENZ is a continuation of my passion to help people help themselves.

Angela Yule, Financial Director

Angela qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the UK after completing postgraduate studies in science. In 1997 she emigrated to New Zealand following her husband’s appointment at Massey University. Ian and Angela have three children and spend most of their leisure time on the family lifestyle block.

Richard Brown, Project Director

Richard is a Manager for an Agricultural Machinery manufacturer based in Palmerston North whose passion and interest is Agriculture and project management.

Gordon McIvor, Director

Gordon works as a Business Development Manager for an international I.T. Services firm.  He has a sales, I.T. and customer service background.  Gordon is married to Josie and together have two children.  He has represented both Manawatu and New Zealand in sport.

Lowell Sheppard, Asia Pacific Director

Lowell supports the work of HOPE International Development Agency In the Asia Pacific Region and is based in Japan.