About Us

Our story

Our Chief Executive Officer Danielle Bergin MNZM JP founded Island Child Charitable Trust, with the support of her mum Wendy Tattersfield. Their original aim was to provide medical aid to families in the Pacific, hence the name. In 2008 Danielle established an organisational base in Tāmaki. Her own experiences of homelessness led her to reach out to homeless Māori and Pacific whānau, applying empowerment principles and a whānau-centred approach.

Over the next decade, Island Child developed a hardworking team, organisational infrastructure, wide-ranging networks and funding relationships to support an evolving 12-week residential programme. Earning Child, Youth and Family Services accreditation status led to government contracts. Danielle also highlighted housing issues in the media and at conferences.

In 2018 we purchased and began renovating three neighbouring properties, with support from key government agencies, philanthropic partners and generous private donors. We tripled our transitional housing capacity, increased our team, upgraded our systems, documented our story and enhanced our evaluation framework. When COVID-19 arrived in 2020, we were able to respond quickly to ensure a safe and healthy environment.

Since then, we have partnered with Tāmaki Regeneration Company (TRC) to increase transitional housing service delivery in Tāmaki. We now manage a TRC transportable housing village at Tripoli Road in Panmure. We continue to grow our team and make programme innovations. In 2022, our transitional housing capacity grew by almost 50 percent. Our journey continues!

Our People

We thrive because of our skilled contributors, our team approach and our shared commitment to high quality service delivery.

Danielle Bergin

Our CEO Danielle Bergin manages day-to-day operations, builds strategic relationships with diverse stakeholders and stays alert for opportunities. She offers lived experience of homelessness and is a fierce advocate for our whānau. Leading by example, she constantly reminds us of the importance of aroha in all our interactions.


Staff cover administration, social work services, household management, maintenance, and security. Volunteers do cleaning, gardening, and other essential tasks. A counsellor and hairdresser contribute to our programme. A small crew of reliable contractors do larger maintenance work. Our Fast Response Team prepares our accommodation for the next whānau/adult within 48 hours of others leaving.

Nan Wendy Tattersfield

Our Trust Chair, Nan Wendy Tattersfield, is our greatest supporter, wisdom keeper and storyteller. Her long experience in the transitional housing space along with her big heart, astute judgement, and critical enquiry provides strategic leadership for our board, which meets regularly to oversee governance responsibilities.

Our partners

We partner with government agencies, philanthropic organisations, Tāmaki NGOs, community groups, businesses, church groups, individuals and anonymous donors to meet the needs of whānau experiencing a housing crisis.

Our key partners include:

  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Tāmaki Regeneration Company
  • Tāmaki Kāinga Haumaru
  • Private donors, Hugh Green Foundation and The Tindall Foundation
  • Lotteries Communities Fund, Foundation North and other philanthropic trusts
  • Kiwi Harvest and Woven Earth