KCET is a NZ-based Charitable Trust [IRD Donee status in application as at 14 January 2019] established on 12 December 2018 and incorporated on 4 January 2019.
The Trust Deed is available online and from the Societies Register – #2725032.
The founding Trustees are Ronald Leslie Cooke and Dennis Arthur Smith.
Ron Cooke, Historian
Ron is a Taumarunui local. His career commenced with engineering, gravitated to photography and in the last few decades his local knowledge and photography collections have seen him become by default, the “historian of record” for the King Country region.
Over the years, many King Country families have donated their treasured collections of photographic memorabilia into his care. His commercial services in providing historical information, photographic prints and authorship are in high demand.
Dennis A. Smith, CEO
Dennis is a licensed private investigative blogger, author and experienced businessman who has recently returned from the best part of a decade living, working and playing in Samoa. In Samoa, he established multiple businesses under the banner of a charitable trust (the SWAP Foundation) – programmes including Samoa Village Stays (deep cultural, rural experiences), Camp Samoa (a backpackers and voluntourism centre), Samoa Hibiscus (a wholesale nursery) and more. Prior to his immigration to Samoa in 2009, he was New Zealand’s most prolific web developer and established WDANZ, the Web Developer’s Association of New Zealand. He has written more than two dozen books and his personal blog contains 1.6 million words, much of it sharing the Samoan culture from a Christian perspective and publications of international white collar criminal conduct resulting from his investigative work.