A snapshot of our history
The fact that Stephen and Margaret would establish a charitable foundation is in many ways no surprise. It’s entirely consistent with their childhood backgrounds and the values that they learned from their families.
Margaret was the eldest daughter of ten children, brought up in a busy household with strong family and spiritual values and a sense of social justice. She studied to become a registered nurse and went on to become a midwife. Stephen came from a hard-working family where he and his sister were brought up not to waste anything, to save and be frugal. He has always been passionate about equality, and New Zealand’s beautiful natural environment. Fairness, justice, honesty, integrity, compassion and empathy are some of principles that were role-modelled by both sets of parents.
Stephen and Margaret married in 1973, and they have five children. They have woven the principles learned from their parents into the fabric of the Foundation and the next generation of the Tindall family.
Stephen gained a solid understanding of retailing after spending 12 years working at George Court and Sons department store. Always entrepreneurial in his thinking, he took his first big business risk in 1982 and sold hard-earned family assets to finance a business that would sell imported goods and manufactured clearance lines. He called it The Warehouse, and the rest, as they say, is history. When The Warehouse was publicly listed in 1994, Stephen and Margaret retained 51% of shares, and they co-founded The Tindall Foundation.
These days, Margaret is an active Trustee with her time largely centred on family and her voluntary work at De Paul House, where she’s been volunteering for over 30 years. Stephen, also a Trustee, devotes much of his time to K1W1, his business that invests in New Zealand start-ups and early-stage companies. Stephen and Margaret’s core values — generosity, community service and helping others in need — have never waned.