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.

John Boyd

John Boyd


John is Managing Director of Boyd Public Relations and has worked closely with Mazda since 2002. He was proud to be asked to become a Mazda Foundation trustee in 2018. John has seen first-hand the difference that the Mazda Foundation makes through the Treemendous initiative and is looking forward to working with his fellow trustees to continue the great work the Foundation does in the wider community.

Clare O’Higgins


Clare joined LGFBNZ July 2013 as General Manager after a number of years in corporate business in senior management positions. Since joining LGFBNZ the programme has continued to increase its reach to over 40 community centres throughout New Zealand. Clare is passionate about the charity and the individuals that make every class possible. Volunteers are the beating heart of the organisation on a daily basis. Clare loves the opportunity to visit the classes but as she says – is still not allowed to draw those eyebrows!! It is a privilege to have the opportunity to be a trustee at the Mazda Foundation and support communities and organisations throughout the country.

Boh Runga


Boh Runga grew up in Christchurch but moved to Auckland in the late 1990s to form pop-rock band stellar*, which went on to become one of New Zealand’s most successful bands. Boh then turned her attention toward jewellery designing, and today Boh Runga Jewellery has established itself as a go-to brand for beautiful, meaningful gifts. Boh first joined the Mazda Foundation team as a brand ambassador in 2015 and is excited to continue the Foundation’s meaningful work through her new role as a Trustee – she is particularly passionate about initiatives that support the environment and children.

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 proud to represent the Mazda Dealer network as a Trustee for the Mazda Foundation.