About Us

The Nest Collective is a registered charity that works alongside social workers and other community partners to provide free packs of baby and children’s essentials for whānau in need.

Our vision is that all New Zealand babies are given a great start in life to enable them to flourish.

What We Do

We give packs of new, pre-loved, handcrafted and repurposed essentials including clothing, toys, nappies, bedding, books and more.

Our items are sourced through donations (both physical and financial) and provided to families via social workers, kaiāwhina, midwives, nurses and other local community partners.

“You have no idea what a wonderful resource you are in enabling us to meet the material needs of our clients. If these needs are met it opens the doors to address the real issues behind these needs.” – Social worker

Why do we do it?

Every baby in Aotearoa should come into the world with the basic necessities and parents, families and whānau should feel supported. One in nine children live in households reporting material hardship, which means many families face impossible financial decisions, such as choosing between paying the power bill or buying warm clothing for their children.

How parents are doing is central to babies’ wellbeing and early development. Not having enough resources to support a baby’s wellbeing, such as nappies and warm clothes, creates stress, as evidenced through higher rates of postpartum depression among low-income mothers, that disrupts parents’ ability to connect and interact with their babies in ways that go on to affect their children’s development and wellbeing. The evidence is clear: what happens in the first years of life impacts children’s life-long trajectories. Helping families is the right thing to do and research shows that early investment in children pays off in the long term for families and society.

Our Values

  • Collaboration

    We share and support each other. We work together to maximise impact by working alongside social workers and community partners.

  • Integrity

    We are trustworthy. We are transparent in all we do.

  • Equity

    We advocate for the inclusion of all and strive for fairness. We redistribute resources. We promote the importance of all New Zealand pēpē receiving the best start to life.

  • Manaakitanga

    We have kindness, respect and compassion for all. We give everything as a gift with no expectation of return. At The Nest Collective Manaakitanga is about helping to foster a culture in which communities give what they can to support each other.

  • Sustainability

    We care for the planet. We rehome, recycle, reuse and repurpose.

Board

Girol Karacaoglu
Chairperson
Girol Karacaoglu is the Head of the School of Government. He came to Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington - from the New Zealand Treasury, where he was Chief Economist. Before then, he was the Chief Executive of the Co-operative Bank of New Zealand for nine years. His previous roles included General Manager at Westpac NZ, Chief Economist at the National Bank of NZ, and lecturer in Economics at Victoria University of Wellington. His current research interest is in public policy - an integrated approach to economic, environmental and social policies towards improving intergenerational wellbeing.
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Natalia Karacaoglu
Trustee
Natalia has a background in international development and is passionate about fighting for equality in our society. She is also on the board of Samos Volunteers, helping refugees on the island of Samos, Greece where she worked for 18 months before returning to New Zealand.

A mum to a 20 month old firecracker, Maggie; Natalia spends her time looking after Maggie and her friend Harry. Working with the Nest Collective is a dream come true for Natalia as it helps New Zealand families while also creating a fantastic community amongst volunteers, crafters and social workers too.
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Libby Priscott
Trustee
Libby is a trustee of The Nest Collective and also manages the Auckland branch. Since leaving the paid workforce, she has spent her time raising her two children and volunteering for Plunket and Little Sprouts. During her time as a branch manager at Little Sprouts, Libby saw first-hand the significant difference that thoughtfully compiled baby boxes can make to families in need.

Her prior background as a business analyst motivated her to ensure that upon the establishment of The Nest Collective, it was imbued with appropriate governance, systems and procedures that will underpin an enduring and sustainable future for the new organisation.

Libby also loves the human connections developed within the organisation – with social workers, other volunteers, trustees, donors, and makers.
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Glen Williams
Treasurer
As treasurer, Glen brings considerable accounting experience to his role with The Nest Collective. Glen is a fully qualified CA member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants and Glen works with the Anglican Missions Board, the Council for International Development and other clients. Glen has worked with young people for over 25 years through his work with the church and is passionate helping young people and families of New Zealand.
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Nicolette Luke
Trustee
Nicolette is a financial services lawyer with experience across both the private and public sectors. She is passionate about facilitating positive change for families across New Zealand and through working with The Nest Collective, is keen to ensure that all babies have access to equal opportunities from birth.

Nicolette is on the Women in Law Committee and is also a volunteer lawyer with Mother’s Project which provides support for mothers in prisons, enabling them to maintain meaningful connections with their children.
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Amelia Crundwell
Trustee
Amelia has a marketing and communications background in the private and not-for-profit sectors. She is passionate about making a meaningful difference to New Zealand families.

Her previous experience as marketing manager for Little Sprouts and her current study in antenatal education, has led her to seek opportunities that would see all babies given the best start in life. Amelia lives with her husband and two young children in Nelson.
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Kate Prickett
Trustee
Dr. Kate Prickett is Director of the Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families and Children at Victoria University of Wellington. As a researcher, her work focuses on how family contexts, such as poverty experiences and parenting behaviours, shape child development, and how understanding these links can inform government policy and programmes aimed at supporting families.
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Managers

Libby Priscott
Auckland Branch Manager
Libby is a trustee of The Nest Collective and also manages the Auckland branch. Since leaving the paid workforce, she has spent her time raising her two children and volunteering for Plunket and Little Sprouts. During her time as a branch manager at Little Sprouts, Libby saw first-hand the significant difference that thoughtfully compiled baby boxes can make to families in need.

Libby also loves the human connections developed within the organisation – with social workers, other volunteers, trustees, donors, and makers.
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Rachel Lala
Waikato Branch Manager
Rachel was drawn to Little Sprouts three years ago through her interest in crafting. She has a background in child health and understands the huge inequality that exists in New Zealand. Being able to support the local community and provide beautiful packs of essentials for babies brings her great satisfaction and pleasure. Rachel believes it is an honour to work alongside others who are also passionate about supporting those in need within the Waikato.
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Lucy Benge
Gisborne Branch Manager
Lucy has been managing the Gisborne branch of The Nest Collective since December 2020. She has a background in International Community Development and is interested in better understanding inequity in New Zealand and addressing the barriers people face accessing basic needs. She loves working with an organisation that harnesses the amazing generosity of the community and the willingness of people to help each other through tough times.
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Glenis McNab
Christchurch Branch Manager
Glenis has been involved in women's and children's organisations and charities for many years. She has also had a lifetime of crafting, especially sewing, knitting and quilting. These crafts are what drew Glenis to Little Sprouts 3 years ago and now, to continue on and support The Nest Collective in a more active role. Glenis is passionate in our support of being able to make a difference by helping our local vulnerable babies and their families.
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