“I think Taranaki has been pretty good to us. There are rewards from working hard and creating your own security but if you are in a position to give and support other people, there’s a reward in that” says Terry.
Terry and Angela are founding donors of Te Karaka Foundation. They particularly like the fact that the lump sum they have donated, and plan to add too, is professionally managed by an independent organisation in perpetuity.
“That has to be a strong motive if you wish to give to the community, rather than funds being frittered away by other organisations,” Terry says.
A founding partner of Boon Goldsmith Bhaskar Brebner Architects, Terry is best known for his stellar architectural career, having put his stamp on many personal homes, high profile buildings and public spaces in Taranaki and beyond. His contribution to the community is less high profile, but just as prolific.
Boon was president of the New Zealand Institute of Architects from 1985 to 1987 and is a patron of the arts. His committee involvement includes Egmont National Park Board, Rotary, New Plymouth Old Boys Surf Life Saving Club, Oakura School Board, New Plymouth Boys High School Board and he was the national president of Toastmasters International. He even stood for Parliament in 1972 as the National Party candidate.
Angela also has a history of community involvement. She is a Justice of the Peace, was on the Central School Committee and was very involved in the fight over the sewage outfall project in the early 1980s.
The Boons have three children and seven grandchildren and feel driven to give back to the community.
“The richness of giving is more important than taking,” he says.
Both Angela and Terry like the fact that the money donated to Te Karaka Foundation will stay in Taranaki and help build the region.
“That’s the thing that appeals to us,” says Terry.