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Dame Rosemary Horton DNZM, QSM, QSO


Dame Rosemary Horton DNZM QSO QSM is a philanthropist and mentor for New Zealand charities.

Her passion and focus, over 40 years, has been women and children.

She is the Founding Chairman of the following: Friends of Aotea Trust, The Aotea Centre Performing Arts Trust, Friends of Starship and Trustee of the Starship Foundation. She was previously the Chairman of NZ Breast Cancer Foundation, as well as the Chairman or Trustee of numerous other charitable organisations.

In 2011 she became a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to philanthropy. She was also named EY ASB Social Entrepreneur 2013. Other awards include the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal, the Mayors Living Legend Award in Auckland, Distinguished Citizen of Auckland Award, The Catherine Variety Sheridon Award from the children’s charity Variety, and the Henry A Rosso Award for Ethical Fundraising.

As well as being a Patron of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, she is also the Patron Starship Foundation, Patron Rautakauri Music Therapy Trust, Patron World Child Cancer, Patron Yellow Belle for NZ Women’s Refuge, Patron of Abbeyfield NZ, Trustee of the Athlae Lyon Starship Research Trust, Ambassador Macular Degeneration, and Ambassador for the The University of Auckland’s Centre of Brain Research.