Five community initiatives were supported with distributions totalling $285,735 in the latest funding round from Trust Tairāwhiti.

Matawai Memorial Hall Association was the biggest recipient, receiving $90,000 for essential infrastructure work. The hall is a central point in Matawai for the marae and community groups.

It serves as the Fire Station and Civil Defence location and is also the closest point of contact for people coming in and out of the region when the gorge closes.

The Women’s Native Tree Trust will receive $58,800 over three years to support their mahi in managing a thriving native tree nursery. The WNTT maintains many local planting areas and provides community education workshops.

The distribution will support wage costs for one employee and two student interns.

Tairawhiti Ngutukākā will receive $40,000 to support the restoration and revitalisation of native taonga ngutukākā in Tairāwhiti.

The project group focuses on returning Ngutukākā to appropriate landscapes across Te-Ika-a-Maui. They deliver a gateway programme in line with kaupapa māori values, providing skills for rangatahi for future employability.

Evolution Theatre Company Trust will receive $35,500 over three years to support their ‘Rising Stars’ programme, enabling young people to engage in the arts in a supportive and collaborative environment.

The funding will support project costs and allow Evolution to expand its programme to more youth.

Diabetes NZ will receive $20,000 towards a diabetes community coordinator role for Tairāwhiti. The funding will help support six months of salary costs.

Other distribution recipients this month included:

  • Gisborne Toy Library - $9435 towards librarian wages to run the toy library, supporting local whānau with a child-friendly hub and sharing resources.
  • Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Nga Uri a Maui - $10,000 to support the collaboration of kura, whānau and hapu showcasing and representing Tairāwhiti reo and tikanga nationally.
  • Poverty Bay A&P Show - $10,000 towards running the annual event.
  • Tairāwhiti Cultural Festival and Events - $2000 to support their free community ‘Japanese Day’ events.
  • Uawa Horse Sports Club Incorporated - $10,000 towards the delivery of horse riding programmes in Uawa.

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 for under $10,000 closes on 13 October 2023.


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