The Mazda Foundation

Since 1972, Mazda has been offering New Zealanders vehicles that are a little out of the ordinary. During that time, as well as meeting the nation’s everyday motoring needs, we have introduced an array of innovative and lifestyle vehicles that today are characterized by technological innovation and superb quality.

Mazda through this time has also participated in the community beyond the traditional role of an automotive organization, fostering a spirit of community involvement. It is from this that the concept of the Mazda Foundation has emerged.

The Mazda Foundation Trust was established in 2005 as a public charitable trust to provide assistance to a broad cross–section of worthy charitable entities, causes and individuals throughout New Zealand that qualify for income tax deductibility.

As the Trust has been established for charitable purposes, the Mazda Foundation qualifies for a charitable status tax exemption pursuant to Sections CB 4(1)(c), CB 4(1)(e) and CI(m) of the Income Tax Act 1994.

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Mazda Foundation Trustees

David Hodge


David has been with Mazda NZ since 1998, and was appointed Managing Director of the company in April 2017. David is passionate about his new role as Chairman of the Mazda Foundation, and is looking forward to working with his fellow trustees to help give back to the community.

Andrew Clearwater


Andrew spent 25 years at Mazda NZ, ten of those as Managing Director and Chairman of the Mazda Foundation. Being the driving force behind the establishment of the Mazda Foundation in 2005, it holds a special place in Andrew’s heart. He is thrilled to remain a trustee and continue the work to support groups and individuals across New Zealand.

Murray Berkett


Murray is Managing Director of First Assistance. Mazda Foundation Trustee was a position he gladly accepted at the inception of the Trust in 2005. Working with like-minded people to support initiatives and give back to individuals and community interests has, and will remain a true highlight of Murray’s working career.

Connie Miller


Connie Miller is an independent marketing specialist. Her not-for-profit experience spans the fine arts through to public health and welfare organisations. She believes that individuals and communities become stronger and prouder thanks to Mazda Foundation contributions.

Liane Donovan


Liane Donovan is a communications professional with extensive experience across a diverse range of industry sectors. She feels extremely privileged to work with fellow trustees allocating funds to the many people and organisations in need and enjoys hearing how the Foundation’s funds have changed lives for the better. She is a longstanding supporter of animal rescue and welfare groups.

Andrew Mckendry


Andrew Mckendry is the Dealer Principal/Director of Mckendry Mazda in Blenheim. Born in Nelson but raised and educated in Blenheim, Andrew spent 10 years living and learning in Wellington before returning to Blenheim to take over the Family business – which has been part of the Blenheim business community for over 40 years. He is the current Chairman of the Mazda Dealer Council and through this role has become a proud Trustee of the Mazda Foundation.