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Terra Nova Foundation

Global Think Tank + Change Activator

What's good for earth is good for us...

We are inextricably linked to our earth. Our personal and professional legacy will be authentic when our ‘good’ is truly good for our wellbeing, the wellbeing of others and our earth. They are all intertwined and relative to each other.

Terra Nova is a global think tank based on wisdom, insight and sound science – establishing what is ‘good’ and how we can bring about change.

Terra Nova is a change activator – we apply our learning to identify and activate change in reality.  We do this consciously, expeditiously and purposefully with individuals, businesses and communities.

We are based in Aotearoa New Zealand and connect internationally, joining and inspiring effective action around the world.

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We generate and bring profound wisdom, insight and knowledge to the table to identify the right (impactful) actions for change. We also help demystify the climate science so you and the people around you can act knowledgeably and consciously.


We identify and support action to accelerate change based on wisdom and expertise. Whether you are an individual wondering what impact you can make, a business shifting gear (or starting up), or a community addressing need – we work with you to leverage your strengths, your capabilities and your opportunities.


We help you identify the impact you want to make and whether you’re making a difference along the journey. This includes a combination of the progress you’ve made in you, your people and your earth.

We underpin our work with genuine connection – human, cultural, spiritual + mother earth. It can’t be any other way. We are totally committed to driving change from the earth, with the earth, for the earth.

This is what planetary change is about – knowing who we are, with our feet firmly on the ground, connected – making decisions and taking action that is beneficial for all living beings on this planet.

If you want to make an impact in the best way possible – connect with us.

Our focus

We break down our areas of work into three main categories: individual action, earth+ business and collective change.
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Earth + Individual Action

We activate individual contributions by identifying the experience, capabilities + capacity that people can bring and finding pathways to leverage this potential.

We also help people find ways to most effectively make an impact day-to-day at home, in the workplace and in their community.

Services: #EcoFit #events #workshops #advisory #climateleadership #speaker #taskforces #communities

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Earth + Business

We propel businesses forward through effective transitions for future resilience + prosperity.
Value-based, planet-aligned business practice not only ensures that ecosystems flourish + staff and communities thrive, it also ensures your business prospers too.

We work with Boards, Executive Teams and Business Leads to transition a business from extract or sustain to regenerate.
Become earth+ with your business and see the benefits to you, your people + your bottomline.

Services: #advisory #transitionstrategies #actionplans #impactmeasurement #performance #events #workshops #accreditation #research

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Earth + Collective Change

We are driving a large-scale, environment-led transformation of the Waitaha/Canterbury region in Aotearoa New Zealand. Including:

> Building impact capability and consciousness of individuals, businesses and government agencies.
> Activating cross-sector and cross-industry round tables - bringing together environment-led thinking and action.
> Supporting impactful individuals, businesses and communities, and aligning them to the big picture impact.
> Implementing targeted catalyst projects that will accelerate change in the region.

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We’re big on measuring our impact

In fact, we’re specialists in this area. We take great care and carry out rigorous reviews to ensure that change is happening and measurable. We help our partners and other environmental organisations to do the same. This approach is super important to the work we do – we all need to be accountable to the difference we say we make.

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Meet our team
Anake Goodall
Anake Goodall

An innovator in the truest sense of the word, Anake has been behind numerous ground-breaking social and environmental initiatives in Aotearoa New Zealand and across the globe.

He is a supporter of re-localisation initiatives, and those that support the reclamation of personal agency and responsibility, those that celebrate human expression, and those that are exploring integrative solutions to our relationships with ourselves and each other, the commons and this earth.

In addition to chairing the Terra Nova Foundation, Anake is founder and chair of Seed The Change | He Kākano Hāpai, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury's Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, Adviser to the Crypto Launchpad and Trustee at The Gift Trust.

Anake's past roles have included: Director of Meridian Energy, Trustee on the establishment boards of Tē Pā o Rākaihautū and the Environmental Protection Authority, Co-founder and Chair of the Hillary Institute of International Leadership and Chair of the Ākina Foundation, CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and Ngāi Tahu’s Claims Manager during its Treaty settlement process.

Anake is particularly interested in the use of financial capital, philanthropic networks, and hands-on support to establish regenerative community initiatives that contribute to the more beautiful world that our hearts know is possible.

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David Meates
David Meates
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Rose Challies
Trustee + CEO
Rose Challies
Trustee + CEO

For 20 years Rose worked in Europe addressing a range of complex social and environmental issues, working with governments, large funders, NGOs, not-for-profit organisations and businesses across multiple countries. She returned to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2019, became a NEXT Foundation Fellow and now runs the Terra Nova Foundation, a new force for environmental action and change catalyst for people and planet.

Rose has implemented social and environmental change through development of national policy, laws and standards, cross-sector strategies and practice, large scale collaborations and the effective resourcing of these for both social and environmental issues. Areas of impact include environment, protection of children, equity, diversity, human rights, anti-doping, data protection, anti-human trafficking, community-owned business, strategic philanthropy and impact measurement.

She has also advised Boards, political leaders, nonprofit leaders and philanthropists internationally on how to achieve change and measure impact.

It is her great hope that we, collectively, will redress what has been done and go forth with far more insight and wisdom than we have in recent times. Where people will gain true meaning in their life, value those around them and positively contribute to the extraordinary world we live in.

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Sam Craze
Digital/AI + Website Manager
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Sarah Kelleher
Strategic Communications
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Susan Wills
Susan Wills
Content and Grants Consultant
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Matthew Steans
Finance Manager
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Luke Rathgen
Events + Projects Co-ordinator
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Rosa Davies
Social Media Support
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Te Ao Earth Week Manager
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Olivier Oh
Projects + Systems Support
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We are very grateful for our amazing Advisors + Support Team

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