Charitable status

The Rule Foundation was established through a trust deed in 2008 to enable the funds left from the estate of Peter Rule to be used to fund projects and activities to advance the health, wellbeing and visibility of the LGBTI community. You can learn more about Peter Rule here, and The Peter Rule Fund here.

The Rule Foundation is registered as a Charitable Trust under the Charities Act 2005. Annual returns of the Foundation’s activities are available from the Department of Internal Affairs’ Charities Services website under registration number CC39280.

Today, the Rule Foundation administers funds on behalf of others that align with the kaupapa for which the Foundation was established. Applicants can apply to The Peter Rule Fund – the original fund for which the Foundation was established, and newer funds such as the Rainbow Legacy Wellbeing Fund.

To date, The Peter Rule Fund has distributed over $410,000 to benefit the wellbeing and advancement of Aotearoa’s LGBTI communities.

Our Trustees

The Rule Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees who volunteer their time. The Foundation’s Trustees bring together many years of private and public sector experience in counselling, cultural sector management, education, health, information technology, marketing, project management, recruitment, and quality improvement.

Rule Foundation Trustees

Joy Liddicoat

Chairperson & Secretary, Dunedin

Kia ora. I have been involved in our LGBTQI* communities for over 30 years advocating for our interests in a wide variety of ways. A Human Rights Commissioner for eight years, I led the Commission’s 2010 inquiry into the experiences of transgender people in New Zealand. I am a former trustee of the Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand and currently Vice President of InternetNZ, which is responsible for domain name policy for the country code top level domain .nz. In my day job, I work at the University of Otago Centre for Law and Emerging Technologies, researching the Internet, human rights law and artificial intelligence.

Duncan Matthews

Treasurer, Auckland

Kia ora! I have led several of our communities organisations as Executive Director, and currently serve as Treasurer for the Rule Foundation, Professional Association for Transgender Health Aotearoa, and Auckland Pride. I also serve as the Deputy Chair for the Ministry for Youth Development Partnership Fund Board. I have a passion for our community organisations and youth development.

David Reeves

Trustee, Auckland

David has been a Trustee of the Rule Foundation since its formation in 2008. He has been involved with a number of community organisations over the years, most recently as Co-Chair of the Gay and Lesbian Singers (GALS) – Auckland’s Rainbow Choir. In his paid employment, David is the Director of Collections and Research at Auckland Museum. He is also on a number of arts, culture and heritage sector bodies, including a position as Chair of LIAC – the Library and Information Advisory Commission. David says he was raised beside the Manawatu River, became an adult in Wellington and has lived in Auckland for most of the last 19 years.

Toni Duder

Trustee, Wellington

Toni is originally from Dargaville but currently resides in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland. Toni’s whakapapa is to Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu, England and Wales. She has a background in media, communications, relationship management and NGO leadership in the LGBTIQ+ space. She also has a Masters in Screenwriting. Toni is passionate about lifelong learning, history, her cat and creating social change using the strengths of communities. 

Eileen Kelly

Trustee, Wellington

Eileen Kelly has been working as a grants advisor and programme manager at the J R McKenzie Trust since Dec 2014.

Eileen has a Masters in International Development Studies, (Victoria University Wellington), informed by a working life in organisational and community development. An ardent advocacy trainer and campaigner for sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender justice, she has experience in advocacy training and capacity building in resource poor settings of many developing countries in South East Asia and Pacific.

Living in Melbourne 2009 – 12 she was an active phone and web counsellor and trainer for Switchboard Victoria, a community-based not for profit that provides peer led, volunteer run support services and suicide prevention inititatives for LGBTI people and their friends, families and allies. On returning to New Zealand she spent two years as the Helplines Director for Lifeline Aotearoa.

Eileen is an active grandmother of three children, and sings in the Wellington LGBTI choir The GLAMAPHONES.

Support Team

The Rule Foundation support team works alongside the Trustees to help keep things running smoothly. Support Team members volunteer their time with the Foundation.

Christian Howatson

Administrator, Wellington

Christian works as a Marketing & IT professional in Wellington for a Executive Search company. Originally from Taranaki, Christian came to Wellington to complete a double degree with honors in Commerce and Business Information Systems Management.

Christian and his husband are active participants in the LGBTIQ+ community and attend as many events as possible. His favourites are Mardi Gras, Sydney and the Wellington Pride Parade. Wanting to help out the community with the administration of such events, Christian has joined the Rule Foundation. He hopes this is the beginnings of a long career in supporting and facilitating for LGBTIQ+ charities and organisations.