Who we are...

The Driving Force

Hugh Green was the driving force behind setting up the Hugh Green Foundation.

The Foundation was established in 1998, to be the vehicle for Hugh's charitable giving which started as early as 1968. Hugh had quietly given away a lot of money throughout his life to those less fortunate than himself. The Trust was formed in Hugh's later years to formalise his donation process and to encourage other businesses to do the same.

Hugh's philanthropic nature was largely driven by his experiences of poverty during his childhood. He was the fifth of eight children born in County Donegal Ireland.

Mr Green left school at 12 because of hard times and started droving and dealing in livestock at cattle fairs.

After a short time in Scotland, England and then Australia, Hugh arrived in New Zealand. He was determined, through sheer hard work never to suffer the hardships he had seen his family endure.

Right up until Hugh passed away in July 2012 he was focused on giving financial aid to people and organisations faced with similar challenges.

The Hugh Green Foundation is a member of Philanthropy New Zealand and is a supporter of huge number of local communities, people and charities.

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Our Team

John Green

John is Hugh Greens eldest child who worked alongside Hugh for many years. John has been involved with the Foundation for eight years, he sits as a trustee on both the board of the Hugh Green Foundation and The Hugh Green Group. In addition to this he is a director for the Marist brothers proprietary board and a director for his own family's new company "The honey bro's" which is a bee, property and cattle business that he shares with his four children and wife. John shared many of the same values and beliefs as his father therefore is able to help reinforce those values and beliefs through the work that the Foundation does today.

Moria Green

Moria was married to Hugh for fifty seven years before he passed away. She is the matriarch of the Green family and has a close bond with her four children ten grandchildren. Hugh and Moria started the foundation because of their vision and shared values and passion for helping New Zealanders in need and creating better communities. Moria is also a passionate advocate for funding medical research.

Frances Green

Frances is Hugh Greens daughter who is a trustee for the Hugh Green Foundation. Frances holds family in the highest regard she has two children and has recently become a first time grandmother. Frances is also a trustee of the Hugh Green Group Frances appreciates the opportunity to be a trustee for the Foundation as she was very close to her father, therefore values that she can contribute to helping the good work Hugh did philanthropically continue on throughout New Zealand.

Adrienne Thurston

Adrienne is the CEO of the Hugh Green Foundation and was employed by Hugh in 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies, and comes from a background in management and accounting. Adrienne is passionate about the philanthropic sector, she enjoys the challenge of drilling down to the root causes of social issues, and collaborating with inspiring people to provide effective, impactful and innovative interventions and solutions. She is also mother to 4 boys, and is driven to ensure they are brought up in a New Zealand that prides itself on excellent education, healthcare and community connectedness for all.

Brianna Green

Brianna Green is the newest addition to the the Hugh Green Foundation having started in March 2017 as the Systems and Donations Manager. Brianna is one of Hugh’s granddaughters and he always expressed a keen interest in her working for the Foundation one day. Brianna has a criminology degree and graduated from Auckland University at the end of 2016. She is really enjoying learning about the work her grandparents did in the Foundation and is very proud that she is able to play a role in continuing their legacy by helping having an impact on those in need.

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