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Quality Hotel Parnell Limited


Doing a world of good


Quality Hotel Parnell Limited is owned by the Norman F.B. Barry Foundation, a charitable trust registered under the Charities Act 2005. Our registration number is CC33047. The Foundation was setup after the passing of the Hotel’s Founder and Owner, Norman F B Barry. 

Quality Hotel Parnell Limited is committed to delivering a Qualmark 4 Star experience and doing a world of good. Quality Hotel Parnell Limited gives $200,000 annually to over 20 organisations and charities and has supported many more over the last few years. Below are some of the organisations and charities Quality Hotel Parnell Limited has supported:

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Guests who stay with Quality Hotel Parnell are helping to support these and many more organisations and charities throughout New Zealand. Sales of EcoWai water bottles in guest rooms directly support the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust in their work.

On behalf of the Directors of Quality Hotel Parnell Limited we want to thank everyone for their ongoing support of our Hotel and our charitable work.

Wayne Darbyshire
General Manager


Supporting Medical and Research Pathways

Through the Norman F.B. Barry Foundation, generous donations to KiwiNet, Liggins Institute and the AL Rae Centre have been made to support the advancement of Medical Research and to supporting upcoming Innovators. 



In June of 2016, the Norman F.B. Barry Foundation donated $250,000 in support emerging Innovators across New Zealand. 

John Smith, Chairman of the Norman F. B. Barry Foundation talks of their support of KiwiNet; New Zealand’s network of public research organisations, working together to transform scientific discoveries into marketable products and services.

"Both KiwiNet and the Foundation share the common goal to inspire young people to pursue science careers and seek out opportunities to apply their knowledge to the benefit of the community and the economy.”

The Fund provides $25,000 per recipient to enable scientists to build industry connections and demonstrate a proof-of-principle of a disruptive new invention. An additional donation in February 2017, totalling $125,000 was given in the continued support of the Emerging Innovator Fund. More information on the KiwiNet Emerging Innovator Fund can be found here.


Pictured: Left - Right, Dr Daniel Holland, Dr Carla Meledandri & Chairman John Smith at the KiwiNet Awards


In August of 2016, the Norman F.B. Barry Foundation gifted $450,000 in support of the Liggins Institute, based at the University of Auckland, which conducts research into the wellbeing of New Zealanders.

Wayne Darbyshire, General Manager of Quality Hotel Parnell, said the donation would support a partnership programme with schools designed to empower the country's teenagers.

Youngsters will be encouraged to use the latest research evidence to understand and improve their own health, and take steps to avoid serious health issues in the future such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

"It is imperative that research organisations like the Liggins Institute have the financial support they need to help New Zealanders live longer, healthier lives," Darbyshire said. More info on this contribution can be read here


Pictured: Chairman of the Norman F.B. Barry Foundation, John Smith (Left) and Vice Chancellor of the University of Auckland, Professor Stuart McCutcheon (Right) shaking on the gift.


In July of 2017, the Norman F.B. Barry Foundation gifted $250,000 in support of the AL Rae Centre, a Massey University Research Centre based at AgResearch’s Ruakura Research Centre. 

The Centre will build world leading expertise in the field of quantitative breeding, genetics and genomics to benefit New Zealand’s agricultural sector. Postgraduate courses will focus on creating the next generation of scientists with quantitative breeding and genetics skills in both plant and animal breeding.

Chairman of Norman F.B. Barry Foundation, John Smith says, “New Zealand’s economy is highly dependent on its agricultural sector. To remain globally competitive, our agricultural systems and processes must continuously evolve and improve. The Foundation is proud to support the return of Professor Garrick to New Zealand, and to be associated with the AL Rae Centre.”

More info on this contribution can be read here.


Pictured: Left - right, Prime Minister's chief science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman, former Prime Minister Bill English, AL Rae Centre chief scientist Professor Dorian Garrick, Massey Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas, and Chairman of Norman F.B. Barry Foundation John Smith.