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‘For service of heart, hand and mind.’

Selwyn Village opened its doors on 22nd May 1954.

That date became Founders’ Day, and every year The Selwyn Foundation celebrates the visionaries who made it happen, and everyone who’s contributed to our achievements since then.

In particular, Life Members and Companions of the Foundation are honoured at a service of thanksgiving held in Selwyn Village’s Chapel of Christ the King. They are presented with commemorative medals depicting the images of Bishop and Sarah Selwyn. Specially commissioned in bronze for the occasion, the inscription reads:

‘For service of Heart, Hand and Mind’

 – a sentiment often used by Bishop Selwyn in his sermons and speeches.

Founders’ Day is an homage to long-lasting traditions and honours those who shaped and enriched the Foundation, so that they will be remembered long into the future.

Life Member

Life Members are appointed by The Selwyn Foundation Board in recognition of outstanding service to the Foundation and the wider Selwyn community. Life Members are entitled to vote on any matter or question at any Annual Meeting or Extraordinary Meeting of the Foundation.

Life Members:
  • Sally Naulls, 2015
  • Richard Caughey, 2014
  • The Reverend Peter Coughlan, 2014
  • Mrs Margaret Dunn, 2014
  • The Reverend Duncan Macdonald, 2014
  • The Right Reverend Richard Randerson, 2014
  • Reverend Canon Ron Bambury, 1987
  • Miss Phyllis Goode, 1987
  • Reverend Canon Kenneth R. Small, 1987
  • Dr N C Baskett, 1975
  • Canon Douglas Caswell, 1974
  • Mr C K Harrison, 1971
  • Sir Bob Kerridge, 1971
  • Captain Stanley Banyard, 1970
  • Mr S R English, 1970
  • Mr Noel Herries


The Selwyn Foundation Board created this new category in 2014 to recognise people who have been generous to the Foundation in their spiritual guidance, leadership or in their gift of time, expertise or for their significant donation.

New Companions honoured in 2018

Lois Cossey

For her past 30 years of dedication and care for our residents at Selwyn Oaks village in Papakura. Lois has shown total love and compassion for all those she has cared for over that time, always putting their needs and concerns first, as well as being a supportive work colleague. 

John Whitehead

For his thirteen years as consultant to The Selwyn Foundation Property Committee. John’s in-depth knowledge of the property sector and his expert advice were invaluable to Selwyn, as we entered a phase of major building development activity from 2005 until 2017.

Pictured: John Whitehead and Lois Cossey
  • Colin Bowring, 2017
  • Raewyn Fitzsimons, 2017
  • The Reverend Stephen Brooker, 2017
  • Dr Rod Perkins, 2017
  • Betty Pyatt MBE, 2017
  • Professor David Richmond, 2017
  • Russell Florence, 2016
  • Dame Diane Robertson, 2016
  • Dr Chris Perkins, 2015
  • Jan Culpan, 2015
  • Ross Gregory, 2015
  • John Avery, 2014
  • Katie Borobokas, 2014
  • John Cameron, 2014
  • John Cockcroft, 2014
  • Jim Frater, 2014
  • The Right Reverend Bruce Gilberd, 2014
  • Dr Sue Hancock, 2014
  • The Very Reverend Geoffrey Hickman, 2014
  • Dawn Jones, 2014
  • George Langton, 2014
  • Shirley Lees, 2014
  • The Reverend John Marcon, 2014
  • The Right Reverend John Paterson, 2014
  • Joanna Pidgeon, 2014
  • Dr Gillian Reid, 2014
  • Professor Russell Stone, 2014
  • Graeme Stormont, 2014
  • Beverley Yakas, 2014
  • The Reverend Frank Wright, 2014