Ken and Jennifer Horner are a well-known Hawera couple with a history of supporting the community reaching back generations. As part of their commitment to Taranaki, they have created a named endowment fund with Te Karaka Foundation. The Horners pay into their fund each month, so it will keep building while they are alive.
Ken is the chairman of Te Karaka Foundation, which enables the people of Taranaki to donate to their favourite charities or causes, or give to a general fund to be distributed by trustees.
“Ken has been so involved in setting up Te Karaka,” Jennifer says. “Both of our families have been strong community people – I’m fifth generation in South Taranaki and Ken is third.”
Their forebears helped make history. In the face of opposition, Ken’s father Alan helped lead the TSB Bank board from a trust bank through its evolution into an independent Taranaki-owned bank.
Jennifer’s grandfather Griff Williams from Ohangai, was the first chairman of Pukeiti.
Just out of Hawera, the Horner property, Puketarata, has been open for a number of years during the Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular.
Together, themselves and their parents and grandparents have been involved in a wide variety of community activity, including the Egmont A&P Show, Hawera County Council, school and kindergarten committees and boards, Taranaki Farmers Co-op, Egmont House at Massey, the Hawera Gas Company, the Hawera Star and more
recently the Bridge Club.
“It’s important to help future generations,” Jennifer says. “I think it’s going to be a lot tougher out there for future youth to achieve their goals and aspirations.”
Ken believes Te Karaka is potentially huge for Taranaki. “Once the fund builds up we will have a substantial capital base to support our region,” Ken says.
“If everyone gave a little the whole province would be a lot better endowed,” Jennifer says. “It’s a privilege to live in Taranaki – we are very lucky. It’s beautiful. The lifestyle here is superb but it requires a bit of work to keep it like that. This is just one way of under-pinning the wonderful qualities of the place and the people.”
“We thought we should lead by example,” says Ken, who is owner of Halliwells law firm in Hawera. “Te Karaka ticks the boxes as a most effective and efficient means of charitable giving.”