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Central Lakes Trust was established to grant funds for community charitable purposes. The Trust fund was created when the Otago Central Electric Power Board bestowed Central Lakes Trust with assets valued at $155 million from the consumer trust OCEPT(Otago Central Electric Power Trust) in November 2000. The Trust has had a significant impact on many community groups since its inception, having approved grants totaling over $75M  to 31 October 2015.

Mission Statement

"To enhance assets and enrich lives"


"To make our community a better place to be"


  • To lawfully make charitable grants for the benefit of the Central Lakes Trust region.
  • To ensure that applications are assessed and decided upon in an unbiased manner.
  • To produce a portfolio of grants that is representative of the region's interests and needs.
  • To be helpful, responsive and accessible to communities within the Central Lakes Trust region.
  • To prudently manage investments to maximize returns.

Central Lakes Trust is the 100% shareholder in Pioneer Energy which pays an annual dividend to the Trust. This assists the Trust in providing valuable financial support to community projects & services.

For more information about Pioneer Energy follow the link below:





New CLT Building opened on 21 11 11

Grant & Eligiblity Requirements Update
Central Lakes Trust can only provide funding to charitable organisations for charitable projects.

In order for Central Lakes Trust to have certainty regarding an organisation's charitable status, it now requires that organisations are either registered with the Department of Internal Affairs Charities Services, or are legally classified as a School, Church or Territorial Local Authority, prior to submitting an application.


Building Opening 21 11 11
Unveiling Plaque
Two former Chairmen, Duncan Butcher & Peter Mead cutting the ribbon
CLT Trustees 2010-2013