Liggins Institute

Liggins Institute Trust

The Liggins Institute Trust was established in 2004. The Trust actively promotes the work of the Institute and raises and manages funds to support our activities.


Your contribution to the Trust will be directed to advancing the life-changing research carried out at the Institute. Our supporters are an integral part of the Liggins community. They have opportunities to meet the scientists and see their work in action, and attend lectures and social events with distinguished visitors.
Visit the Liggins Trust website.

Become a supporter of the Liggins Institute

The Liggins Institute is required to be self sustaining. While it competes successfully for public and commercial research funding, it must look to the wider community to grow and develop.

All donors and supporters of the Liggins Institute and the Liggins Institute Trust are recognised as “Friends”.

The Liggins Trust will fund 'blue sky' research projects. This provides funding for innovative start-up research projects and pilot studies that, once initial data and methodology is established, will be in a strong position to attract grants from the major research funding sources.

The Liggins Trust also aims to have, within the next ten years, a significant endowment fund to ensure a level of certainty for research.



Giving to the Liggins Institute Trust

There is a range of opportunities to contribute to the Liggins Institute through the Liggins Trust.

Annual appeal - this is mailed to all supporters and contacts in the latter part of each year and seeks support for specified research projects and general costs.

Fundraising events are held each year and supporters are invited to these events.

Bequests are another way to contribute to the endowment fund, providing support in perpetuity for Liggins Institute research.

More information is available on request.


Funds are managed through the University of Auckland Foundation which distributes gifts to the Institute in accordance with the donors’ wishes.

On-line donations can be made through the Giving to Auckland website /Liggins Institute.

Further information about supporting the Liggins Institute is available from Deborah Dalliessi, Development Manager Liggins Institute.


Liggins Connect

Supporters receive a regular email newsletter with details of fundraising events, public lectures and news from the  Institute.

Join the mailing list here


Patron and trustees

The Patron of the Trust is the founding Director of the Liggins Institute Professor Sir Peter Gluckman FRSNZ, FMedSci, FRS

The trustees of the Liggins Institute Trust are

  • Adjunct Professor Richard Fisher (Chair)
  • Professor Alastair MacCormick
  • Lyndy Sainsbury
  • Kaaren Goodall
  • Harry White
  • Professor Wayne Cutfield
  • Charlotte Swasbrook
  • Dr Jackie Liggins 

The Liggins Institute Trust has been registered by the Charities Commission (registration number CC26321) and donations are tax deductible within the limits of the Inland Revenue Act.



Liggins Community Group

The Liggins Community Group of volunteers organise the Trust’s fundraising activities and events.

Runway for research

Following on from the popular Liggins Couture Car Boot Sales, the Liggins Institute Trust has devised an all-new event that combines fashion and glamour with support for the Institute’s research - at a landmark Auckland location.

The event was held on 2 April 2014 at the Northern Club, Auckland City

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Couture Car Boot Sale fundraising events

This signature event, hosted annually at Team McMillan BMW between 2009 and 2012, raised over $100,000 by selling pre-loved designer clothes and accessories.


Contact the Liggins Institute Trust

The Liggins Institute Trust
PO Box 110085
Auckland 1148
New Zealand

Deborah Dalliessi | Development Manager
Liggins Institute | The University of Auckland

Phone: 021 286 8763