About Us


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.

Dr Ronald Kay

Patron, Medical Advisory Member & Board of Trustees

Mr Ronald Kay has an MBChb, University of Otago, Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of England and Fellow Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Ron Kay has been a trustee of The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation for 15 years. As an inaugural trustee, he established and chaired The Foundation's Medical Advisory Committee for its first six years. During this period, Ron helped establish the very high ethical standards which are a hallmark of The Foundation's policies to this day.

Ron was also a founding member of the Auckland Breast Cancer Study group that developed an Auckland Regional Patient Register. The Register was designed to record all aspects of detection and treatment of breast cancer patients in Auckland.

Ron has also been very active in clinical trial groups and international worldwide networking, which has helped The Foundation in fulfilling its charitable purpose to support all aspects of breast cancer research, treatment, and to provide support facilities for those suffering from the disease.

Dame Catherine Tizard GCMG, DBE, QSO


Dame Catherine Tizard was New Zealand's first female Governor-General. She has a degree from the University of Auckland in Zoology and played an historically intrinsic role in New Zealand politics from 1971, when she was elected to the Auckland City Council.

She remained a city councillor for 12 years while working at Auckland University. In 1983, she was elected Mayor of Auckland, the first woman to hold that position. She remained in the job until 1990 when she was appointed Governor-General, a position she held until 1996.

Dame Catherine has been involved in numerous community groups including the Historic Places Trust, the Marriage Guidance Council, the Auckland Institute and Museum, the Auckland Theatre Trust and the Auckland Maritime Museum Trust.

She was awarded a DBE in 1985, received a GCMG in 1990 and in 2002, was made a member of the Order of New Zealand.