Community grants totalling just over $196,000 were approved in the latest funding round from Trust Tairāwhiti.

The biggest recipients were Toitu Tairāwhiti and Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou, which each received $75,000 towards their emergency preparedness and resilience project.

The project focuses on resourcing those most at risk in a significant natural disaster, including remote and rural coastal communities that could be isolated for long periods.

It’s also targeted at supporting whānau, hapu, marae and communities to implement disaster preparedness plans, informed by the experiences and evidence collected during Cyclone Gabrielle and other adverse weather events.


Other funding recipients were:

  • Gisborne Youth Sports Charitable Trust - $9,999 towards maintenance at the Electrinet Sports Centre, which is used by multiple codes including trampolining, judo and gymnastics.
  • Tairāwhiti Community Voice - $10,000 towards resourcing their coordinator who supports and connects people with social services in the region.
  • Swimming Hawke’s Bay Poverty Bay - $3515 to support the regional meet in Gisborne at Kiwa Pools.
  • Ahikaa Associates - $10,000 to provide educational and vocational support for rangtahi in Tokomaru Bay and Tolaga Bay.
  • Living Theatre Charitable Trust – $10,000 towards bringing their glow in the dark puppetry performance of Badjelly the Witch to local early-childcare centres and schools.
  • Tongan Methodist Church - $3000 towards a community drug and alcohol prevention workshop focusing on rangatahi education.


Each successful funding applicant demonstrated outcomes that align with the Trust’s wellbeing framework, He Rangitapu He Tohu Ora.

The Trust’s next funding round closes on 8 November 2023.

Click here for information on past distributions, the funding application toolkit and FAQs.