Our Story

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Our Vision

Improving lives. Improving the planet.

Founded by Gina Satterthwaite and taking its name from Gina’s grandmother, Fife Foundation aims to continue the hard work of previous generations in ways that help people live happier, healthy lives while benefiting the planet.

Fife Foundation is a not-for-profit entity headquartered in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand with a presence in Sydney, Australia.

The Caterpillar Dealership

The Fife family’s roots in Aotearoa New Zealand date back more than a century, and for much of this time, Margaret Fife served as Managing Director of the family business Gough, Gough and Hamer – better known in the industry as exclusive agents of Caterpillar Equipment in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Specialising in construction, engineering, mining, marine, forestry and materials handling, GG&H was one of the oldest dealerships of Caterpillar equipment outside of the United States. 


Our Legacy

These days, the history serves as a source of inspiration to the family as they seek to use their position to enrich the lives of others less fortunate and fast-track actions that can aid the health of the planet.

Our values

Improving lives, improving our planet.

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We care hard and treat all people with dignity and respect.
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We believe in the equal exchange of values.
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The best work isn’t easy. It requires determination & grit.
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Elevating livelihoods and amplifying voices.
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Championing imagination and original thought.
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Helping people help the planet.
Our Team

We get the people right, we get our planet right.

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Gina Satterthwaite
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Georgia Satterthwaite
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Jack Satterthwaite
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Supporting the charitable efforts of people whose work creates lasting change in the world

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