Taking Heartfelt Action

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We’re Angela and Theresa and we created the Gattung Foundation, to support causes that touch our hearts, and make a tangible difference to people’s lives and the world we live in – the heart effect. 

Causes that lift children and people out of poverty; lift women out of situations of inequality, hardship or violence; lift young women, Māori and Pasifika into futures of leadership and empowerment; and lift animals into better lives. 

Why are we doing this? Because, simply put, we couldn’t not do it. Injustices sadden us, and what’s more, they do all of us harm. We want to use the opportunities and resources we have, to create opportunities for all to thrive. 

Our vision is to empower the less advantaged, to support them so that they can stand strong and know that anything is possible. When we do this, we can create a legacy that will make. real. change. for many generations to come.

We Believe In…


We’re a women-led foundation: two sisters from a family of four sisters, working together to address female inequality and support our sisters throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

Paying it forward

We’re very grateful for the opportunities we’ve had and we want to use our skills and resources to give opportunities to others - particularly young women - to become the leaders and change-makers of tomorrow.

Creating real impact

We only contribute to causes where we can make a meaningful difference. We donate, not just money, but also goods, skills and time, sharing our knowledge and networks to benefit those in need.

A better Aotearoa New Zealand

We want to play our part in creating a stronger, fairer country, that provides equal opportunities for all, including women, Māori and Pasifika, and is a safer place for both people and animals.

Being a powerful enabler

We aim to shine a light on key issues, amplify the voices of women, Māori and Pasifika, and to be pragmatic advocates for the causes that matter to us.

Our Team

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Angela Gattung

Executive Director

Angela Gattung is the third of four daughters born in Aotearoa New Zealand to British immigrants, Marion and John Gattung. At an early age, she remembers being told that ‘girls can do anything’ and watched her eldest sister, Theresa, preparing for the corporate boardroom at age 17, sewing a 1970s-style trouser suit, helped by their mother, a seamstress.

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Theresa Gattung

CNZM, Founder & Trustee

Theresa Gattung is a New Zealand business leader, author, philanthropist and investor. Named in Fortune magazine’s list of the 50 most powerful women in international business several times since 2002, she was also included in Forbes’ list of the world’s 50 most powerful women across any sphere in 2006.

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Chris Woodwiss

She EO of Everything for Theresa Gattung

Chris has worked alongside Theresa Gattung as her Executive Assistant for over 25 years. The first thirteen of those years were at Telecom New Zealand as Theresa progressed from General Manager, Sales and Marketing to Chief Executive during what was a turbulent and exciting time for the telecommunications industry.