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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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

Natalia Karacaoglu
National Manager
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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Amelia Crundwell
Marketing Manager
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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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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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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Rae Sarelius
Wellington Branch Manager
Rae is a co-manager of The Nest Collective Wellington. With a background in accounting, Rae has had a lifelong passion for spending time with babies and young children. From helping at kindergarten to working as a teacher aide along with many years volunteering as a Brownie Leader and with Mainly Music; Rae continued to help other families while raising her own two children. As a key member of the Wellington branch, Rae worked to establish the branch in 2021. With Rae’s own family now overseas, she spends her time knitting, sewing, sterilising nappies, bottles and breast pumps and many other tasks to support families to give their babies a great start in life.
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Heather Harrop
Wellington Branch Manager
Heather, a Wellington branch co-manager, enjoyed volunteering and working with children for many years through her involvement with playcentre, primary school, within the scout movement and, then as a teacher aide in other primary schools. Heather was involved with Little Sprouts Charitable Trust and now with The Nest Collective since its opening in Wellington. Heather manages large baby items like cots, bassinets and prams - making sure they are suitable and safe for the families receiving them. She also enjoys making up the sets of books for each baby and in her free time, Heather likes to sew, knit and spend time with her grandchildren.
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Shirley Wilson
Wellington Branch Manager
Shirley’s love of children was realised as a primary teacher, a mother of three and now a nana of four grandchildren. When her own children were small Shirley was very involved in volunteering for Plunket, with some time as a president. Shirley was also on a School Board of Trustees and for a number of years worked full time teaching and later as a Ministry of Education advisor.

As a co-manager of The Nest Collective Wellington, Shirley coordinates the packing schedule for the pack requests and also trains and communicates with volunteers. Shirley also loves to knit for babies and recently learnt to crochet to be able to put peggy square blankets together for packs. Shirley can also be found washing and mending donations as well as collecting donations from drop-off points. Shirley says “how lucky I was to find this new volunteering journey.”
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