About us

Malcolm Rands - Executive Chair has been active in the sustainability scene for over 33 years. He co-founded New Zealand’s first permaculture eco-village in 1986, and is a foundation member of the New Zealand Sustainable Business Network. Malcolm is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business, conservation and philanthropy. In 1993, Malcolm started an ethics-based business, ecostore with the long-term goals of funding Fairground Foundation. The ecostore range now exceeds 100 products. It is available in all New Zealand supermarkets and health stores, and in over 1,800 supermarkets in Australia, USA and Asia.

Melanie Rands - Board Member is a multi media visual artist and poet. She co founded ecostore with Malcolm in 1993, specialising in Branding and communications and is interested in the ways in which business and art can help each other. She is a Fairground Foundation Board member, Deputy Chair of the Board of Greenpeace NZ, a Director of Little Bird Organics and a member of the inaugural Pacific Advisory Group at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. She is most at home in the garden, the forest or the ocean, not necessarily in that order.

Anake Goodall - Board Member is attracted to good people grappling with wicked problems. His CV includes previous incarnations as freezing worker, union delegate, credit union founder, nurseryman, Treaty settlement negotiator and iwi CEO; with current roles including Hillary Institute Chair, Adjunct Professor, Meridian Energy director, trustee at The Gift Trust and student of Shambhala. Anake's bent is exploring and experimenting and attempting to identify areas of potential contribution to the issues and opportunities of the day with like-minded people. Fairground's focus on "beacon" projects as working examples of future solutions is accordingly irresistible. In his spare time Anake is increasingly found in the laboratory at Seed The Change | He Kākano Hāpai.

Aaron Drew - Board Member is a seasoned economist and investment professional.  He provides investment governance training and support to commercial and not-for-profit organisations in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands through fi360 Pacific, is an Associate of the NZIER, and a member of various Investment Committees, including for Foundation North.  Aaron has held senior roles at the Reserve Bank and New Zealand Superannuation Fund, and has worked offshore for the OECD and IMF.  Aaron is a firm believer in the global investor movement towards investing with clear social and environmental goals.   He is excited to be part of the innovative solutions that the Fairground Foundation is developing to help meet local challenges in Aotearoa.

Antonina Elliott - Volunteer is passionate about approaching life with a holistic lens. She is curious about how we live, eat and interact with each other and how these have an impact on our wellbeing. Having completed her conjoint degree of Design at Elam School of Fine Arts and Philosophy, also at the University of Auckland, she worked as a graphic designer for various publishing companies. This includes the National Business Review, where she has been the Art Director, and assisted in writing arts reviews, for almost 9 years. When not volunteering for Fairground, assisting in marketing research and blog posts, she is busy running around after her 19month old daughter, making homemade medicinal salves and body butters while learning the ropes of herbal medicine.