Meet our Team

Our team members are always keen to share their Fountain of Peace journey with your group (business or leisure), club, school, or church. If you would like one of them as a guest speaker, or would like to talk with us about how we can support your fundraising for our work, please email us here.

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Executive Director and Founding Trustee

— Jane Laurie (Mama Jane)

Alongside her call to Fountain of Peace New Zealand, Jane's desire is to impart love, courage, confidence and inspiration, as well as help make a real difference in the lives of those that Fountain of Peace ministers to. Jane is experienced in, and most enthusiastic about, leading teams to visit the Fountain of Peace Children’s Village, and its associated projects in Uganda. She is a passionate speaker not only about the work of Fountain of Peace but is also pleased to share her life journey story, which includes walking through a serious illness. Previously, Jane was with TEAR Fund New Zealand where she was a regional manager. Jane and husband Peter have two adult children and two young grandchildren.
In December 2023 Jane was named a Paul Harris Fellow, an International Rotary award, for her service to Fountain of Peace NZ, and to those whom we work with and/or care for.

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Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Founding Trustee

— Peter Laurie

Peter is a self- employed builder and brings to Fountain of Peace an understanding of accounting and trustee experience. He is currently the chairman of the Jubilee Budget Advisory Board and former chairman of the Wallacetown Community Board. Peter has a passion to see the poor of the developing world fed, housed and given the opportunity to reach their given potential. Peter is married to Jane and they have two adult children and two grandchildren.

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Founding Trustee

— Debra Maheno

Debra has worked as a paediatric nurse at Southland Hospital for 30 years. She is passionate about children and their health, and has a special interest in children with chronic illnesses and paediatric palliative care. She is a team player, and enthusiastic about the work Fountain of Peace does and its impact in the communities in Uganda it works in. Debra is well-travelled and has been part of many Fountain of Peace New Zealand tours to Uganda. She is married to Tony, and mother of Michael and stepmother of Rex, with one grandchild.

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— Christine Pryde

An Invercargill real estate agent, Christine brings to Fountain of Peace experience in administration, leadership and governance. Her leisure time interests include Rotary, family gatherings, catching up with friends, beach walks, fossicking at garage sales and travel. She has travelled to Uganda on two Fountain of Peace New Zealand tours. Christine is married to Peter and they have three adult children.

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— David Tilyard

David is based in the Hawke’s Bay region where he owns a trellis manufacturing business. He is actively involved in his local church, the Waipukurau Rotary Club, and in hockey, both as a player and umpire, bringing to Fountain of Peace leadership and committee experience. David is passionate about making a difference in the lives of those trapped in the cycle of poverty, particularly people in developing countries who have few or no resources. He considers a holistic approach is essential in meeting the physical, social, intellectual and spiritual needs of each individual. David has been involved in short term mission trips to many developing countries, and has travelled to Uganda on a number of Fountain of Peace New Zealand tours. He is married to Kirsty and they have four adult children.

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Canterbury Coordinator

— Tania Sharr

Passionate about the wellbeing of children, Tania comes from a background as a paediatric nurse specialising in caring for children with cancer and in well-child nursing in the community. She was a member of a Fountain of Peace New Zealand tour to Uganda in 2018 and this experience cemented her desire to do more to help make a difference in the lives of the children in rural Uganda. Tania is an enthusiastic speaker. She and husband Jonny live in Christchurch and have two children.


Fountain of Peace NZ is grateful to the following businesses for their support and contributions to our efforts.

— Warm Hearts Photography

We are privileged to be able to play a small part in supporting this ministry that honours God’s command to “look after orphans” so effectively. It is evident that each child is cherished and the wider community is touched through Fountain of Peace.

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– The Auction House Café and Bar

The Auction House Café and Bar in Invercargill is pleased to support the work of Fountain of Peace NZ. ‘It is amazing what you are doing for the children’.

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– NZ Trellis Supplies

NZ Trellis Supplies is very pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Fountain of Peace, and play a small role in helping make a difference in the lives of those children in rural Uganda who have been abandoned, destitute, impoverished, disadvantaged or marginalized by reason of their economic or geographical circumstances

– Dress a Girl

Dress A Girl Around the World – New Zealand is very proud to support Fountain of Peace NZ by providing clothing for the children in their care in rural Uganda.

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– Christine Pryde
First National Riverton

With a percentage of each home sold, Christine Pryde – First National Riverton Real Estate is pleased to support the work of Fountain of Peace NZ.

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– Bonded NZ

Bonded NZ is proud to be a long- term supporter of Fountain of Peace NZ. Jane, along with the team in Uganda, do a fantastic job helping the kids in their care. Keep up the good work folks and we look forward to helping you for many years to come.

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– Kōwhai Creative

Kōwhai Creative is thrilled to be able to work with Fountain of Peace New Zealand on an ongoing basis. Being a part of a movement that directly contributes and saves lives is an incredible position to be in. We look forward to the years to come.

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– Inspired to Bead

"It is my joy and privilege to play a small part in supporting Fountain of Peace NZ in the significant work they do in rural Uganda, as they bring hope, healing, housing and so much more to vulnerable children and communities."

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Support us and create a positive change in the course of a child’s life today! 

Donations of NZ$5 or more are eligible for a tax credit.