The trust


The Tino Rawa Trust was established in 2007 to assist in the preservation, restoration and care taking of New Zealand’s unique classic yacht and launch heritage.

The Trust focuses on ensuring that our historical significant vessels are conserved, preserved and restored with traditional boat building techniques and materials. Partnerships with organisations promoting our classic boat heritage such as the Classic Yacht Assoc., Auckland Traditional Boat Building School, classic boat builders and suppliers focuses on retaining traditional boat building skills and apprenticeships.

All Trustees and yachts are affiliated with The Classic Yacht Association of New Zealand.

The Trusts annual ‘Classic Yacht and Launch Exhibition’, as part of Auckland City Heritage Week, showcases yacht designers, boat builders and designs. The exhibitions include yachts, launches and dinghies, static displays and history boards. The annual event is free to the public.

The Trust first vessel was the 1937 trawler ‘Wild Duck’, purchased to support our objective of providing funding into the community. By offering this vessel as a charity auction item for fundraising initiatives, the Trustees have raised significant funding for schools, sports clubs and community groups. The vessel is used extensively by the maritime community as a support and safety vessel and as a race committee boat.

Over the past 12 years the Trust has acquired 15 yachts and launches, restoring, maintaining and preserving each one of them because of their importance to New Zealand’s maritime heritage.

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Tino Rawa Trust Charities Commission Registration Number CC32668

The purposes of the Tino Rawa Trust are as follows:

  • To acquire and maintain classic vessels of any description and to ensure the preservation of those historic and significant vessels.

  • To practice, teach, develop and promote the specific principles and practices of historic vessel sailing, conservation, preservation and restoration in New Zealand.

  • To establish and maintain an organisation for the above purposes and the promotion of these purposes within New Zealand.

  • To create an archive of the research, physical documentation and methods used in sailing early vessels and restorations and to manage this archive in accordance with professional practice.

  • To establish scholarships and study grants for students and tutors and provide post graduate study and establishment grants for overseas study and student exchange.

  • To promote and fund New Zealand youth to perform in maritime pursuits at a national or international level.

  • To generate interest with a focus on youth and communities not associated with or having access to sailing on classic yachts and launches.

  • To conduct educational and social events for all groups associated with or interested in the maritime history of New Zealand.

  • To fund events that specifically support and promote our maritime heritage.

  • To receive gifts of machinery, equipment, artifacts and funds to further the purposes of the Trust.

  • The objects for which the Trust is established are as specified above and shall be restricted at all times to operation within New Zealand.

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The Trustees


Tony Stevenson

Having spent many years overseas both competing and working on race yachts and within the super yacht industry, Tony returned to NZ to focus on Network Visuals, a leading event and corporate company based in Auckland. Whilst still in the MD role, his current passion is as a fellow trustee on the Tino Rawa Trust (Classic Yachts) and the NZ Sailing Trust (Lion New Zealand and Steinlager 2), the latter a Trust focused on youth development within a marine environment. 

A keen sailor of both classic and modern yachts he is responsible for the Trusts funding initiatives, sponsorship and strategic direction.

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William Goodfellow

A passion for sailing and a desire to start his own business led William Goodfellow back to Auckland in 1999 where he co-founded the beginnings of what has become one of Auckland's leading tourism operations. Explore NZ has grown from a single viewing vessel that took groups out on the water during the 1999/2000 America's Cup into a multi-faceted marine tourism business.

Explore NZ’s Otehei Bay experience in the Bay of Islands is a major conservation and restoration project being undertaken in conjunction with The Department of Conservation and Project Island Song. The newest addition to the company is significant tourism holdings in Hamilton Island, Queensland.

William is the skipper of the Trust’s 1946 Lidgard Teal.

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Rob Hughes

Rob is a Director of Accurate Instruments (NZ) Ltd.  A leading supplier of measuring instruments to the building, construction and manufacturing industry including an Official Supplier to Emirates Team New Zealand.

He has been boating most of his life in some form or another. Rob is a member of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, and has raced on a range of modern boats including skippering the Americas Cup boats operating from the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland.

A number of years ago he was invited to race on the classics and has been ‘hooked on classics’ since. He apologises for owning a chilly-bin Riviera.

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Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams is an Auckland based accountant and director of the firm AlliottBW.

He has extensive commercial and professional experience in the chartered accountancy profession, in particular with SMEs, trusts and general taxation services and advice.

Andrew has interests in sports particularly as a coach of age group teams. He is active as a rugby and cricket coach including age group representative teams and is the current Chair of Sport Auckland.


Richard Allen

Richard Allen is an Auckland based solicitor specialising in maritime law. He brings a strong legal and governance background to the Trust.

He has represented New Zealand at International Regattas sailing Tornado’s and at the 1996 Olympic Games in Savannah, Georgia.

As skipper of the Trust’s 1937 26ft mullet boat Corona, Richard is a regular competitor at the Classic Yacht Regatta and racing all year round. His 1936 ketch Ranui has made several trips to the Auckland Islands and to Raoul Is in the Kermadec Group.