Community Stories

Our Community Stories give an insight into our own grant-making decisions.  These stories show the people from our community that benefit from funding.  We focus on funding projects and organisations which align with our priorities in the five key areas of community wellbeing, community recreationenvironment & heritage, life long learning and arts & culture.

If you have a great story to tell or want to know more contact our communications coordinator

We grant funds to support and strengthen community organisations which address social problems or improve health outcomes for the people in our region. This includes the advancement of religion.

Our Community Stories give an insight into our own grant-making decisions.  These stories show the people from our community that benefit from funding in this sector.  

If you have a great story to tell or want to know more contact our communications coordinator

WANAKA SEARCH & RESCUE

 Life-saving service run wholly by volunteers  Search & Rescue provide a vital service for the region helping the lost, missing and injured in our waters, hills and mountains in the Wanaka area. Wanaka LandSar are one of the busiest search and rescue groups in NZ. Approximately 90% of operations involve helicopters. Essential health and safety best practice training is provided annually to volunteers and responders.  “Keeping our 70-odd volunteers ‘current’ is essential, it’s a bit like being ‘match fit’ for search and rescue. This means manoeuvres for getting in and out of a hovering helicopter, extracting patients on a helicopter strop, keeping up to date with advanced first aid, and being properly equipped for the mountainous terrain and weather we operate in. Central Lakes Trust for years now has been our principle supporter.” Wanaka SAR Chair Bill Day says “Put simply, we couldn’t mount 50 or so rescues a year at the level we do, without CLT’s support.”

Life-saving service run wholly by volunteers

Search & Rescue provide a vital service for the region helping the lost, missing and injured in our waters, hills and mountains in the Wanaka area. Wanaka LandSar are one of the busiest search and rescue groups in NZ. Approximately 90% of operations involve helicopters. Essential health and safety best practice training is provided annually to volunteers and responders.

“Keeping our 70-odd volunteers ‘current’ is essential, it’s a bit like being ‘match fit’ for search and rescue. This means manoeuvres for getting in and out of a hovering helicopter, extracting patients on a helicopter strop, keeping up to date with advanced first aid, and being properly equipped for the mountainous terrain and weather we operate in. Central Lakes Trust for years now has been our principle supporter.” Wanaka SAR Chair Bill Day says “Put simply, we couldn’t mount 50 or so rescues a year at the level we do, without CLT’s support.”

THE ORDER OF ST JOHN SOUTH ISLAND REGION

 State-of-the-art Generation 3 Ambulance for the Wakatipu area  Vicci Lawrence our Grants Programme & Policy Manager was privileged to attend the dedication for the state-of-the-art Generation 3 ambulance; the first of its type for the Wakatipu area.  St John need to raise $57,000 a day to keep its service going across New Zealand, even with government funding. This Gen3 ambulance enables St John to provide a crucial and highly valued service, and a safe and reliable first response to our local community members. It improves the quality of the Wakatipu fleet and forms a part of an ambulance replacement plan which sees aging ambulances; those that have travelled over 400,000kms, or older than eight years replaced. 12 are being replaced per year across the South Island. Gen3 ambulances have a slimmer design for narrower streets, have secure 3-point belts for travelling officers, as well as a new modern Stryker stretcher holding up to 312kgs of weight.  "On behalf of St John, thank you very much for your grant towards the St John Wakatipu new ambulance. With the reduced funding available and the pressures trusts, and foundations are under when making funding decisions, we are especially grateful and feel privileged that the Central Lakes Trust has chosen to again support the work of St John."  - Charizabel Sapiandante, Fundraiser, South Island Region, St John New Zealand

State-of-the-art Generation 3 Ambulance for the Wakatipu area

Vicci Lawrence our Grants Programme & Policy Manager was privileged to attend the dedication for the state-of-the-art Generation 3 ambulance; the first of its type for the Wakatipu area.

St John need to raise $57,000 a day to keep its service going across New Zealand, even with government funding. This Gen3 ambulance enables St John to provide a crucial and highly valued service, and a safe and reliable first response to our local community members. It improves the quality of the Wakatipu fleet and forms a part of an ambulance replacement plan which sees aging ambulances; those that have travelled over 400,000kms, or older than eight years replaced. 12 are being replaced per year across the South Island. Gen3 ambulances have a slimmer design for narrower streets, have secure 3-point belts for travelling officers, as well as a new modern Stryker stretcher holding up to 312kgs of weight.

"On behalf of St John, thank you very much for your grant towards the St John Wakatipu new ambulance. With the reduced funding available and the pressures trusts, and foundations are under when making funding decisions, we are especially grateful and feel privileged that the Central Lakes Trust has chosen to again support the work of St John."

- Charizabel Sapiandante, Fundraiser, South Island Region, St John New Zealand

Queenstown Lakes Baby box

 "Thank you for your letter and we are very excited with the outcome. This funding will allow us to start distributing the baby boxes once we receive the first of the sleeping sacks. Thanks you to your team and the trustees for this funding support."  - Jan Maxwell, Trustee Queenstown Lakes Baby Box

"Thank you for your letter and we are very excited with the outcome. This funding will allow us to start distributing the baby boxes once we receive the first of the sleeping sacks. Thanks you to your team and the trustees for this funding support."

- Jan Maxwell, Trustee Queenstown Lakes Baby Box

Central Otago Search & Rescue

"Thanks to Central Lakes Trust's contribution Central Otago Search & Rescue is now able to provide a more efficient, safe and effective response to search and rescue in the Central Otago Community."

- Eric Schusser, Group Training Officer

happiness house - Queenstown community support centre

 "Thank you for this. We very much appreciate your support and couldn’t operate without organisations such as yourselves."  - Robyn, Happiness House

"Thank you for this. We very much appreciate your support and couldn’t operate without organisations such as yourselves."

- Robyn, Happiness House

UPPER CLUTHA RADIO telephone users association

 Upper Clutha Radio Telephone Users Ass. Inc wish to offer our sincere thanks for the fantastic support you have given for the upgrade of the power supply to Mt Roy and in some cases for the emergency situation that arose.  Without this, the operation was in dire straits and could have closed, meaning that a community asset would have been lost – and more so, that the communications ability of many would have become non- existent in the Upper Clutha basin.  - Ian Brown, Chair, Upper Clutha Radio Telephone Users Association Incorporated

Upper Clutha Radio Telephone Users Ass. Inc wish to offer our sincere thanks for the fantastic support you have given for the upgrade of the power supply to Mt Roy and in some cases for the emergency situation that arose.

Without this, the operation was in dire straits and could have closed, meaning that a community asset would have been lost – and more so, that the communications ability of many would have become non- existent in the Upper Clutha basin.

- Ian Brown, Chair, Upper Clutha Radio Telephone Users Association Incorporated


ABBEYFIELD REST HOME AQUARIUM

 "Thank you so much for your continued funding for our pet fish at Abbeyfield. They bring our residents so much pleasure, and their visitors, and look fabulous in our dining room."  - Alison Beaumont, Manager, Abbeyfield Home

"Thank you so much for your continued funding for our pet fish at Abbeyfield. They bring our residents so much pleasure, and their visitors, and look fabulous in our dining room."

- Alison Beaumont, Manager, Abbeyfield Home

QUEENSTOWN BABY MEMORIAL

 "Please pass on our sincere thanks to the Trust for this funding [for the QLDC Baby Memorial], it is truly appreciated and is a wonderful outcome for the community."  - Maddy Dowman (Jones), Parks Officer (Projects), Community Services

"Please pass on our sincere thanks to the Trust for this funding [for the QLDC Baby Memorial], it is truly appreciated and is a wonderful outcome for the community."

- Maddy Dowman (Jones), Parks Officer (Projects), Community Services

PRESBYTERIAN SUPPORT OTAGO

 Our sincere thanks to Central Lakes Trust for their most generous grant... With your support we can provide the services people need, equipping parents with practical skills and addressing wider issues in the family unit, help children, from the early years and beyond, to enjoy the positive experiences in their home environment, and promoting their long-term wellbeing and success. Thank you for helping us to make a difference.  - Paul Hooper, Family Works Director, Presbyterian Support Otago

Our sincere thanks to Central Lakes Trust for their most generous grant... With your support we can provide the services people need, equipping parents with practical skills and addressing wider issues in the family unit, help children, from the early years and beyond, to enjoy the positive experiences in their home environment, and promoting their long-term wellbeing and success. Thank you for helping us to make a difference.

- Paul Hooper, Family Works Director, Presbyterian Support Otago


HOSPICE SOUTHLAND

 "Thank you very much for this support, it will help ensure we can continue to build the services provided to patients facing a terminal diagnosis in the Wakatipu Basin, as well as support their Whanau and the other health professionals involved in their care."  - Andrew Leys, Chief Executive, Hospice Southland

"Thank you very much for this support, it will help ensure we can continue to build the services provided to patients facing a terminal diagnosis in the Wakatipu Basin, as well as support their Whanau and the other health professionals involved in their care."

- Andrew Leys, Chief Executive, Hospice Southland

LAKE HAYES PAVILION DEFIBRILLATOR

 "On behalf of the Queenstown Lakes District Council, I would like to thank you very much for the grant towards the cost of a defibrillator to be located at Lakes Hayes Pavilion, it will be of great benefit to the community."  - Deb Husheer, Community Venues Team Leader, QLDC

"On behalf of the Queenstown Lakes District Council, I would like to thank you very much for the grant towards the cost of a defibrillator to be located at Lakes Hayes Pavilion, it will be of great benefit to the community."

- Deb Husheer, Community Venues Team Leader, QLDC

TEVIOT VALLEY REST HOME AQUARIUM

 "Thank you for agreeing to continue to fund the aquarium at the Teviot Valley Resthome... The enjoyment the residents and staff receive from having this aquarium is so appreciated by everyone and we value your continuing support..."  - Paula McGill, Secretary, Teviot Vally Rest Home Inc.

"Thank you for agreeing to continue to fund the aquarium at the Teviot Valley Resthome... The enjoyment the residents and staff receive from having this aquarium is so appreciated by everyone and we value your continuing support..."

- Paula McGill, Secretary, Teviot Vally Rest Home Inc.


CENTRAL OTAGO FRIENDSHIP NETWORK

 "I wish to express our sincere thanks to yourself and the Central Lakes Trust Board. Your grant enables our service to continue and where possible increase inclusion of the most vulnerable in our society. More and more researchers are pointing to the importance of friendship for positive health outcomes."  - Jan Pessione, Secretary, Central Otago Friendship Network

"I wish to express our sincere thanks to yourself and the Central Lakes Trust Board. Your grant enables our service to continue and where possible increase inclusion of the most vulnerable in our society. More and more researchers are pointing to the importance of friendship for positive health outcomes."

- Jan Pessione, Secretary, Central Otago Friendship Network

PLUNKET OTAGO

 "On behalf of Plunket Otago, thank you for your support ... of Plunket Community Services delivered in the Central Lakes region. Your support is important to us, as it helps us support families and connect them to community resources."  - Sherry Thornbury, Plunket Otago

"On behalf of Plunket Otago, thank you for your support ... of Plunket Community Services delivered in the Central Lakes region. Your support is important to us, as it helps us support families and connect them to community resources."

- Sherry Thornbury, Plunket Otago

VOLUNTEERING OTAGO

 "We send our sincere thanks for your continued support of Volunteering Central. Volunteers are the heart of our communities and it is great to be able to support organisations that involve volunteers and to provide a connection service for people looking to volunteer and organisation involving volunteers in the Central Otago Lakes District."  Andrew Whiley, Chair - Volunteering Otago Trust

"We send our sincere thanks for your continued support of Volunteering Central. Volunteers are the heart of our communities and it is great to be able to support organisations that involve volunteers and to provide a connection service for people looking to volunteer and organisation involving volunteers in the Central Otago Lakes District."

Andrew Whiley, Chair - Volunteering Otago Trust


Anglican Family Care

 Anglican Family Care (AFC) Home-based Family Support is currently working with a mother who heard about their service through word of mouth.  She self-referred to them for budgeting support and to find suitable housing for her and her new born baby as they are currently living in a garage in a region that has a severe shortage of rental accommodation and social housing.  This first time mum was also interested in learning more about her baby’s development and her role in this. She has experienced depression in the past, but has been able to maintain her wellness following the birth of her baby. AFC has worked together with other local social services to help this family into their own home before winter.  AFC are known for their work with families; being able to work with a variety of issues that may be impacting on the safety and wellbeing of children and their parents. They are able to work at the brief intervention level, for example with behaviour management tools for parents, through to the more complex situations which take time for trust and a working relationship to develop with parents. They received 78 new referrals for the period 1 July 2017-30 June 2018, more than their contracted volume. This includes the contract extension into the Upper Clutha area.  “We are deeply grateful for Central Lakes Trust’s ongoing assistance – it means we can work alongside Central Otago families to ensure their children are safe, healthy and happy.”  - Lucy Summers, Anglican Family Care

Anglican Family Care (AFC) Home-based Family Support is currently working with a mother who heard about their service through word of mouth.

She self-referred to them for budgeting support and to find suitable housing for her and her new born baby as they are currently living in a garage in a region that has a severe shortage of rental accommodation and social housing.

This first time mum was also interested in learning more about her baby’s development and her role in this. She has experienced depression in the past, but has been able to maintain her wellness following the birth of her baby. AFC has worked together with other local social services to help this family into their own home before winter.

AFC are known for their work with families; being able to work with a variety of issues that may be impacting on the safety and wellbeing of children and their parents. They are able to work at the brief intervention level, for example with behaviour management tools for parents, through to the more complex situations which take time for trust and a working relationship to develop with parents. They received 78 new referrals for the period 1 July 2017-30 June 2018, more than their contracted volume. This includes the contract extension into the Upper Clutha area.

“We are deeply grateful for Central Lakes Trust’s ongoing assistance – it means we can work alongside Central Otago families to ensure their children are safe, healthy and happy.”

- Lucy Summers, Anglican Family Care

Dunedin community care trust

 Supporting the Needs of Disabled People in Central Lakes District  Dunedin Community Care Trust supports disabled people to live in their own homes, in their own communities, under their own terms. The Trust has been responding to requests from families in Central Lakes district who cannot access disability support here, and are either considering moving their families, struggling on their own, or needing to pay for private services.  Already, within one month of the Service Manager for the district being appointed, two people are now able to return to their homes in the district, having previously shifted away to receive support.  Expanding the DCCT programme into the Central Lakes will better meet the needs of disabled people within the region and provide the opportunity to understand demand which will in turn provide better service to our community in the future.  The service has referrals from throughout the district and demand is growing as people become aware of the support they can offer.  "Just wanted to acknowledge that we have received your letter and say a huge thank you for your help in making this a reality. We are really excited about the opportunity and already the place is beginning to buzz."  - Michael Brummitt, Chief Executive, Dunedin Community Care Trust

Supporting the Needs of Disabled People in Central Lakes District

Dunedin Community Care Trust supports disabled people to live in their own homes, in their own communities, under their own terms. The Trust has been responding to requests from families in Central Lakes district who cannot access disability support here, and are either considering moving their families, struggling on their own, or needing to pay for private services.

Already, within one month of the Service Manager for the district being appointed, two people are now able to return to their homes in the district, having previously shifted away to receive support.

Expanding the DCCT programme into the Central Lakes will better meet the needs of disabled people within the region and provide the opportunity to understand demand which will in turn provide better service to our community in the future.

The service has referrals from throughout the district and demand is growing as people become aware of the support they can offer.

"Just wanted to acknowledge that we have received your letter and say a huge thank you for your help in making this a reality. We are really excited about the opportunity and already the place is beginning to buzz."

- Michael Brummitt, Chief Executive, Dunedin Community Care Trust

Otago Multiple sclerosis society

 "...Thank you for the much-needed grant we received from you... towards operating costs in Central Otago of the Society.... The role of the Society is pivotal in providing services to clients, members, their families, health professionals, allied services and the community at large. Receiving your Grant gave us the confidence in our ability to maintain this important service in a difficult financial environment."  - Serena Cox, Office Administrator Otago Multiple Sclerosis Society

"...Thank you for the much-needed grant we received from you... towards operating costs in Central Otago of the Society.... The role of the Society is pivotal in providing services to clients, members, their families, health professionals, allied services and the community at large. Receiving your Grant gave us the confidence in our ability to maintain this important service in a difficult financial environment."

- Serena Cox, Office Administrator Otago Multiple Sclerosis Society

parent to parent southland

 "On behalf of Parent to Parent Southland, I gratefully accept and thank the Central Lakes Trust for its grant made towards our Sibling Support Camp... This will help ensure we provide ongoing support for our programmes, training and services offered to parents who have children with special needs/ health impairments throughout the Central Lakes region."  - Izel Becker, Executive Assistant, Parent to Parent

"On behalf of Parent to Parent Southland, I gratefully accept and thank the Central Lakes Trust for its grant made towards our Sibling Support Camp... This will help ensure we provide ongoing support for our programmes, training and services offered to parents who have children with special needs/ health impairments throughout the Central Lakes region."

- Izel Becker, Executive Assistant, Parent to Parent

 

We grant funds to support organisations that focus on community participation and engagement in recreation. Targeted support will be provided for those organisations that are aiming to increase participation of people of all ages.

Our Community Stories give an insight into our own grant-making decisions.  These stories show the people from our community that benefit from funding. 

If you have a great story to tell or want to know more contact our communications coordinator

CODC’s Big fruit playground

 “The senior play ground will go between the mini golf course and half basketball court, while the junior play area will go on the opposite side of the half basketball court, says Gordon Bailey, Parks and Recreation Manager (CODC). “We see this as a destination playground with different play items on offer than other spaces around Cromwell,” he says.

“The senior play ground will go between the mini golf course and half basketball court, while the junior play area will go on the opposite side of the half basketball court, says Gordon Bailey, Parks and Recreation Manager (CODC). “We see this as a destination playground with different play items on offer than other spaces around Cromwell,” he says.

 

wanaka watersports facility

 "We are thrilled to have your support and appreciate the guidance given to our project over the last five years. Please pass on our appreciation to your Board and be assured that we will make you proud."  - Michael Sidey, - Chairman, Wanaka Watersports Facility Trust

"We are thrilled to have your support and appreciate the guidance given to our project over the last five years. Please pass on our appreciation to your Board and be assured that we will make you proud."

- Michael Sidey, - Chairman, Wanaka Watersports Facility Trust

Clutha Gold Trail

 "The Clutha Gold Trail is being greatly appreciated by the influx of users.... Our Trustees appreciate the very positive and supportive attitude of the Central Lakes Trust executive staff to the project, and their desire to be flexible enough to allow for access to the funding to get the project completed. The Clutha Gold Trustees wish to express their gratitude for your pivotal assistance with their visionary project. The Central Otago community is so fortunate to have the Central Lakes Trust."  - Graham Dillon - Treasurer, Clutha Gold Trail Charitable Trust

"The Clutha Gold Trail is being greatly appreciated by the influx of users.... Our Trustees appreciate the very positive and supportive attitude of the Central Lakes Trust executive staff to the project, and their desire to be flexible enough to allow for access to the funding to get the project completed. The Clutha Gold Trustees wish to express their gratitude for your pivotal assistance with their visionary project. The Central Otago community is so fortunate to have the Central Lakes Trust."

- Graham Dillon - Treasurer, Clutha Gold Trail Charitable Trust

Arrowtown Bowling Club

 The Arrowtown Bowling Club wish to say a big thank you for the support you gave us in the replacement of our new bowling green.  We have had very positive feedback from all bowlers and visitors who have had the pleasure of playing on our new green.  - Heather Stirling, Secretary, Arrowtown Bowling Club

The Arrowtown Bowling Club wish to say a big thank you for the support you gave us in the replacement of our new bowling green.

We have had very positive feedback from all bowlers and visitors who have had the pleasure of playing on our new green.

- Heather Stirling, Secretary, Arrowtown Bowling Club

ALEXANDRA MEN'S SHED

 Men’s Shed makes massive contribution to community  “The men of Alexandra Men’s Shed collectively provide free or at cost assistance to a wide range of community organisations and individuals, fundraise on behalf of other charities, and coach, mentor or support individuals in a variety of practical subject areas. The vast number of projects that have the Men’s Shed behind them, and the volunteer support they provide within the community is beneficial and well received throughout our region. To ensure the group can adequately accommodate the growing waiting list of members, Alexandra Men’s Shed is building a new and larger premise. This in turn allows the men that join to give back to their community.  The shed will be a community centre, a centre of excellence, and a hub for a network of in-community activities,” says Alexandra Men’s Shed Trustee, Trevor Goudie. At least 20 community groups were supported by the work of the Men’s Shed last year, just a few include; Alexandra Dunstan Lions, Omakau Church, Clyde Playcentre, Alexandra Thyme Festival.

Men’s Shed makes massive contribution to community

“The men of Alexandra Men’s Shed collectively provide free or at cost assistance to a wide range of community organisations and individuals, fundraise on behalf of other charities, and coach, mentor or support individuals in a variety of practical subject areas. The vast number of projects that have the Men’s Shed behind them, and the volunteer support they provide within the community is beneficial and well received throughout our region. To ensure the group can adequately accommodate the growing waiting list of members, Alexandra Men’s Shed is building a new and larger premise. This in turn allows the men that join to give back to their community.

The shed will be a community centre, a centre of excellence, and a hub for a network of in-community activities,” says Alexandra Men’s Shed Trustee, Trevor Goudie. At least 20 community groups were supported by the work of the Men’s Shed last year, just a few include; Alexandra Dunstan Lions, Omakau Church, Clyde Playcentre, Alexandra Thyme Festival.

ARROWTOWN COMMUNITY & SPORTS CENTRE

 Centre to become valuable resource for community  Arrowtown’s growth and lack of community facilities means the impending arrival of the much-awaited multi-use Community & Sports Centre, will be well celebrated by community groups on its scheduled completion in September 2018.  At their roof shout on the 15th June, Simon Spark (pictured) acknowledged the Arrowtown Community Sports Centre located at Jack Reid Park is well underway. The centre will become a valuable resource for the growing Arrowtown community, especially as the Athenaeum community hall enters into its refurbishment phase. The sizable mixed-use facility contains rugby and scout stores, four separate smaller storage rooms for community groups, toilets, changing rooms and ablutions, kitchen and bar, as well as three interlinking community rooms that can be separate or open up into one large room, (seating approximately 150 – 160 people) and an exterior public toilet and will be a celebrated resource for many community groups.

Centre to become valuable resource for community

Arrowtown’s growth and lack of community facilities means the impending arrival of the much-awaited multi-use Community & Sports Centre, will be well celebrated by community groups on its scheduled completion in September 2018.

At their roof shout on the 15th June, Simon Spark (pictured) acknowledged the Arrowtown Community Sports Centre located at Jack Reid Park is well underway. The centre will become a valuable resource for the growing Arrowtown community, especially as the Athenaeum community hall enters into its refurbishment phase. The sizable mixed-use facility contains rugby and scout stores, four separate smaller storage rooms for community groups, toilets, changing rooms and ablutions, kitchen and bar, as well as three interlinking community rooms that can be separate or open up into one large room, (seating approximately 150 – 160 people) and an exterior public toilet and will be a celebrated resource for many community groups.

SPORT OTAGO’S SWIM SAfE PROGRAMME 2018

 Teaching all our children water safety to save lifes  Drowning is the fourth highest cause of accidental death in New Zealand. Of the 104 drownings in New Zealand in 2017, 88 were preventable. We have had a 16% increase in drownings over the past five years. Supporting safety in and near the water by teaching our children to swim and water safety skills, sees benefit throughout the entire Central Lakes region.  The Sport Otago swim schools programme sees all primary school children throughout the Central Lakes Trust region receive 10 swimming lessons annually. The aim is to improve each child’s confidence and ability to survive in the water, and is a joint initiative between Central Lakes Trust, Sport Otago, CODC, QLDC and the schools in the Central Lakes Trust region.  Feedback commends the programmme. “I just wanted to let you both know how impressed I am with the current water safety programme. ...Even though my daughter has plenty of skills in the water, this programme takes this to another level....Having had children at The Terrace since 2005, the current water safety programme being offered, is, in my opinion, the most impressive and worthwhile yet.”

Teaching all our children water safety to save lifes

Drowning is the fourth highest cause of accidental death in New Zealand. Of the 104 drownings in New Zealand in 2017, 88 were preventable. We have had a 16% increase in drownings over the past five years. Supporting safety in and near the water by teaching our children to swim and water safety skills, sees benefit throughout the entire Central Lakes region.

The Sport Otago swim schools programme sees all primary school children throughout the Central Lakes Trust region receive 10 swimming lessons annually. The aim is to improve each child’s confidence and ability to survive in the water, and is a joint initiative between Central Lakes Trust, Sport Otago, CODC, QLDC and the schools in the Central Lakes Trust region.

Feedback commends the programmme. “I just wanted to let you both know how impressed I am with the current water safety programme. ...Even though my daughter has plenty of skills in the water, this programme takes this to another level....Having had children at The Terrace since 2005, the current water safety programme being offered, is, in my opinion, the most impressive and worthwhile yet.”

We grant funds to support projects and organisations that preserve and promote the physical and cultural heritage of our region and that protect and enhance the environment in which we live.

Our Community Stories give an insight into our own grant-making decisions.  These stories show the people from our community that benefit from funding. 

If you have a great story to tell or want to know more contact our communications coordinator

 

ROUTEBURN DART WILDLIFE TRUST

 A land of birds - saving some of New Zealand’s national treasures  Birds of ancient origins and unique features flourished in our land without competition or predation, until the first people arrived. Many are now extinct or have been threatened to extinction. The Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust is a self-funding community conservation trust, working in partnership with DOC, to create an inland sanctuary for birds in the Routeburn and Dart Valleys. The braided river systems of this area are an internationally rare geographic feature of our landscape supporting several rare and specialised species. There are currently five native bird species that are under serious threat of extinction.  The installation of 120km predator traplines (including 599 traps over 15 distinct lines, targeting stoats and rats) to protect native bird species and improve nesting success is having promising results, even though it is early days. The long-term aim is to cover an area from Martins Bay on the West Coast to Lake Wakatipu.  Conservation and protection of the unique biodiversity in the Trust’s region is an important part of the Trust’s role.

A land of birds - saving some of New Zealand’s national treasures

Birds of ancient origins and unique features flourished in our land without competition or predation, until the first people arrived. Many are now extinct or have been threatened to extinction. The Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust is a self-funding community conservation trust, working in partnership with DOC, to create an inland sanctuary for birds in the Routeburn and Dart Valleys. The braided river systems of this area are an internationally rare geographic feature of our landscape supporting several rare and specialised species. There are currently five native bird species that are under serious threat of extinction.

The installation of 120km predator traplines (including 599 traps over 15 distinct lines, targeting stoats and rats) to protect native bird species and improve nesting success is having promising results, even though it is early days. The long-term aim is to cover an area from Martins Bay on the West Coast to Lake Wakatipu.

Conservation and protection of the unique biodiversity in the Trust’s region is an important part of the Trust’s role.

OTAGO GOLDfIELDS HERITAGE TRuST

 Restoration of Stewart Town Cottage & Menzies Dam  The remainder of a short-lived goldmining era, the Bannockburn Sluicing’s are a very popular historic reserve and recreation area. The numerous walking/biking trails through the large scale water blasted landscape, tells a story of humankind’s pursuit of possibility, and encourages us to actively engage in our local history.  Within the reserve, is the Stewart Town Cottage and Menzies Dam, both restored to former glory with only interpretational signage throughout the reserve yet to be installed. The restoration preserves the areas unique history for generations to come. The stone work on the dam has been stabilised and in some areas was completely rebuilt. The entire Stewarts Cottage has been re-pointed with hydraulic lime mortar (mixed with some of the original mortar saved from between the stones) on the outside and true-to-era mud mortar on the inside. A toilet has been installed and a bench seat now overlooks Target Gully. The Roofover (self-supported roof structure to protect the ruin) has been fitted. And the orchard pruned and tidied. The work will be well appreciated by the many locals and tourists (conservatively estimated at 15,000 annually) who frequent the walk/bike trail through the spectacular man-made landscape to learn more about the goldmining pioneers in our district.

Restoration of Stewart Town Cottage & Menzies Dam

The remainder of a short-lived goldmining era, the Bannockburn Sluicing’s are a very popular historic reserve and recreation area. The numerous walking/biking trails through the large scale water blasted landscape, tells a story of humankind’s pursuit of possibility, and encourages us to actively engage in our local history.

Within the reserve, is the Stewart Town Cottage and Menzies Dam, both restored to former glory with only interpretational signage throughout the reserve yet to be installed. The restoration preserves the areas unique history for generations to come. The stone work on the dam has been stabilised and in some areas was completely rebuilt. The entire Stewarts Cottage has been re-pointed with hydraulic lime mortar (mixed with some of the original mortar saved from between the stones) on the outside and true-to-era mud mortar on the inside. A toilet has been installed and a bench seat now overlooks Target Gully. The Roofover (self-supported roof structure to protect the ruin) has been fitted. And the orchard pruned and tidied. The work will be well appreciated by the many locals and tourists (conservatively estimated at 15,000 annually) who frequent the walk/bike trail through the spectacular man-made landscape to learn more about the goldmining pioneers in our district.

alexandra post office garden beautification

 “Please pass on our sincere thanks to the Trustees of CLT for supporting this project. It would have been much harder without that.”  - Karin Bowen, Secretary, Rotary Club, Alexandra

“Please pass on our sincere thanks to the Trustees of CLT for supporting this project. It would have been much harder without that.”

- Karin Bowen, Secretary, Rotary Club, Alexandra


Miller's Flat Hall recladding

 “The hall is looking amazing – thanks again for CLT’s help with this project.”  - Christina Martin, Property & Facilities Officer, Vincent & Teviot Valley, CODC

“The hall is looking amazing – thanks again for CLT’s help with this project.”

- Christina Martin, Property & Facilities Officer, Vincent & Teviot Valley, CODC

Bullock creek hatchery boardwalk

 To everyone involved withe the turning of the Bullock Creek Hatchery reserve into a magnificent asset it is today. Your vision, determination, time and money in creating a natural, peaceful place to contemplate and appreciate has enriched the lives of those who live in the Wanaka Retirement Village - Thank you!!!

To everyone involved withe the turning of the Bullock Creek Hatchery reserve into a magnificent asset it is today. Your vision, determination, time and money in creating a natural, peaceful place to contemplate and appreciate has enriched the lives of those who live in the Wanaka Retirement Village - Thank you!!!

ARROWTOWN CHARITABLE TRUST STREET LIGHTING

 Arrowtown’s heritage building’s will shine brighter with a grant towards Arrowtown Charitable Trust and QLDC’s lighting project.  Stage one of the project lighting public amenities pictured above is already complete, while stage two will see a further 15 building’s facades in the CBD to be lit.

Arrowtown’s heritage building’s will shine brighter with a grant towards Arrowtown Charitable Trust and QLDC’s lighting project.  Stage one of the project lighting public amenities pictured above is already complete, while stage two will see a further 15 building’s facades in the CBD to be lit.

 

We grant funds to support projects that facilitate improved educational outcomes for people in our region by adding value to the sector, with a focus on innovative projects and lifelong learning.

Our Community Stories give an insight into our own grant-making decisions.  These stories show the people from our community that benefit from funding. 

If you have a great story to tell or want to know more contact our communications coordinator

CENTRAL OTAGO YOUTH PILOT EMPLOYMENT PROJECT

 Successful Start to Youth Employment Programme Initiative  “As we know, school isn’t for everyone”, Melanie Mills, the Employment Project’s Programme Manager says. “This programme is for any young person who has become disengaged from their learning, for whatever reason, to help them find out what they are passionate about and might like to ‘do’ and then help them get there.” Both students currently enrolled in the programme, have already determined their career path and are passionate about what they want to do with their future. It’s success so far is encouraging for the programme to continue beyond the 18 month pilot.  The programme has an education focus, with a structured and supported pathway into local employment and focuses on students aged between 13-16. Melanie says the aim is to personalise a vocational pathway for these students.  “I have been working as a building labourer. Me being able to do the project has changed my life a lot. I used to just sit in class muck around and wouldn’t learn anything cos I wouldn’t be allowed in class but when I’m on site its good cos the guys I work with are really helpful, they are always giving me heaps of information and their methods and little tricks.” - Youth Programme Student

Successful Start to Youth Employment Programme Initiative

“As we know, school isn’t for everyone”, Melanie Mills, the Employment Project’s Programme Manager says. “This programme is for any young person who has become disengaged from their learning, for whatever reason, to help them find out what they are passionate about and might like to ‘do’ and then help them get there.” Both students currently enrolled in the programme, have already determined their career path and are passionate about what they want to do with their future. It’s success so far is encouraging for the programme to continue beyond the 18 month pilot.

The programme has an education focus, with a structured and supported pathway into local employment and focuses on students aged between 13-16. Melanie says the aim is to personalise a vocational pathway for these students.

“I have been working as a building labourer. Me being able to do the project has changed my life a lot. I used to just sit in class muck around and wouldn’t learn anything cos I wouldn’t be allowed in class but when I’m on site its good cos the guys I work with are really helpful, they are always giving me heaps of information and their methods and little tricks.” - Youth Programme Student

CLT TERTIARY SCHOLARSHIPS

 "Young minds rewarded for efforts  Fifty students from nine secondary schools were presented Central Lakes Trust tertiary education scholarships in 2017, each valued at $2,500. Over the years 384 young people have received the benefit of a CLT scholarship, a total amount of $926,500.  The scholarships aim to assist students from our region to study at a tertiary institution.  A grateful recipient says, “...The Central Lakes Trust Scholarship Programme is a great scholarship programme that gives a large number of students from the Central District a reward for the efforts they have put in through their years of school along with a financial aid to begin tertiary study.... Once again thank you to the Central Lakes Trust for this scholarship.”  Applicants must be between 16 - 19 years of age and have lived in the Central Lakes Trust region for a minimum of two years at the time of application. The selection criteria consider various factors including the applicant’s academic record, all-round qualities and achievements.

"Young minds rewarded for efforts

Fifty students from nine secondary schools were presented Central Lakes Trust tertiary education scholarships in 2017, each valued at $2,500. Over the years 384 young people have received the benefit of a CLT scholarship, a total amount of $926,500.

The scholarships aim to assist students from our region to study at a tertiary institution.

A grateful recipient says, “...The Central Lakes Trust Scholarship Programme is a great scholarship programme that gives a large number of students from the Central District a reward for the efforts they have put in through their years of school along with a financial aid to begin tertiary study.... Once again thank you to the Central Lakes Trust for this scholarship.”

Applicants must be between 16 - 19 years of age and have lived in the Central Lakes Trust region for a minimum of two years at the time of application. The selection criteria consider various factors including the applicant’s academic record, all-round qualities and achievements.

Saturday Lifeskills- CO REAP

 "Cromwell's Saturday Lifeskills class is going really well. 10 are attending and really engaged with new learning, including cooking, as the photo shows. Thanks again to CLT for the funding for this programme." - Bernice Lepper Manager CO REAP

"Cromwell's Saturday Lifeskills class is going really well. 10 are attending and really engaged with new learning, including cooking, as the photo shows. Thanks again to CLT for the funding for this programme." - Bernice Lepper Manager CO REAP

CO REAP - STAR PROGRAMME

 Pictured above is a Wanaka class with their self-made neurons transmitting electrical pulses through synapses  "On behalf of Central Otago REAP, I wish to thank you for the grant. This will be a valuable contribution towards the costs of the STAR one day school for gifted and talented children as well as the Adult Literacy courses. These programmes do make a difference, and many students' lives have been enhanced through access to these education opportunities."  - Dr. Roger Browne, Chair, CO REAP

Pictured above is a Wanaka class with their self-made neurons transmitting electrical pulses through synapses

"On behalf of Central Otago REAP, I wish to thank you for the grant. This will be a valuable contribution towards the costs of the STAR one day school for gifted and talented children as well as the Adult Literacy courses. These programmes do make a difference, and many students' lives have been enhanced through access to these education opportunities."

- Dr. Roger Browne, Chair, CO REAP

GOLDFIELDS PRIMARY BIBLES IN SCHOOLS

 "I would like to express our gratitude of the recent grant from your Trust. Your generosity will allow the Bible In Schools programme to continue for the 2018 year at Goldfields School."   - Noeline Watson - Combined Churches Cromwell

"I would like to express our gratitude of the recent grant from your Trust. Your generosity will allow the Bible In Schools programme to continue for the 2018 year at Goldfields School." 

- Noeline Watson - Combined Churches Cromwell

Wanaka Toy Library

 "The Wanaka Toy Library would like to say a huge thank you to The Central Lakes Trust for approving our grant for more toys for the Libraries collection.... The items that were purchased have already given many families such great enjoyment."    

"The Wanaka Toy Library would like to say a huge thank you to The Central Lakes Trust for approving our grant for more toys for the Libraries collection.... The items that were purchased have already given many families such great enjoyment." 

 

CROMWELL KINDERGARTEN

 "The Cromwell Kindergarten Committee is incredibly proud of the wonderful new spaces we have been able to create with the Central Lakes Trust's support.  The transformation of our new Whanau room and Front Play Areas are amazing and will be enjoyed by our kindergarten whanau and tamariki for many years to come."  - Jo Ridder, President, Kidsfirst Cromwell Kindergarten Committee

"The Cromwell Kindergarten Committee is incredibly proud of the wonderful new spaces we have been able to create with the Central Lakes Trust's support.  The transformation of our new Whanau room and Front Play Areas are amazing and will be enjoyed by our kindergarten whanau and tamariki for many years to come."

- Jo Ridder, President, Kidsfirst Cromwell Kindergarten Committee

SHOTOVER PRIMARY SCHOOL PLAYGROUND

 "The challenge of raising funds for a playground, on top of opening an entirely new school, seemed almost too big to contemplate.  To receive such a generous grant from the Trust has been a phenomenal boost for our school and community. Our goal is to teach the whole child - cognitive, physical, emotional, social - and the playground is an essential component of our curriculum as well as an incredibly valuable resource for our whole community. We are hugely appreciative of the work of the Central Lakes Trust and the opportunities that you bring to the district."  -   Sarah Jones, Board Chair, Shotover Primary School

"The challenge of raising funds for a playground, on top of opening an entirely new school, seemed almost too big to contemplate.  To receive such a generous grant from the Trust has been a phenomenal boost for our school and community. Our goal is to teach the whole child - cognitive, physical, emotional, social - and the playground is an essential component of our curriculum as well as an incredibly valuable resource for our whole community. We are hugely appreciative of the work of the Central Lakes Trust and the opportunities that you bring to the district."

-   Sarah Jones, Board Chair, Shotover Primary School

OTAGO POLYTECH - CENTRAL CAMPUS TRADES ACADEMY

 "I would like to thank the Central Lakes Trust for its recent decision to contribute $170,000 to our Cromwell Campus trades academy development.  We are very committed to enhancing secondary- tertiary pathways and the trades academy is an important part of our commitment to Central Otago youth."  - Phil Ker, Chief Executive, Otago Polytechnic

"I would like to thank the Central Lakes Trust for its recent decision to contribute $170,000 to our Cromwell Campus trades academy development.  We are very committed to enhancing secondary- tertiary pathways and the trades academy is an important part of our commitment to Central Otago youth."

- Phil Ker, Chief Executive, Otago Polytechnic

We grant funds to support creative projects and organisations that aim to foster access to, engagement with and experience in the arts.

Our Community Stories give an insight into our own grant-making decisions.  These stories show the people from our community that benefit from funding.  

If you have a great story to tell or want to know more contact our communications coordinator

ARTS ON TOUR NZ

 Bringing up-and-coming artists to the rural community  Arts On Tour plays at 60 venues around the country, from 40- 400 seat theatres. This year 40 artists applied for just 10 performance spots. “There is so much talent in New Zealand,” states Steve Thomas, who for 35 years, has been ensuring performing artists are seen in the regions.  The tour focuses its programme on rural and remote communities, providing opportunities for these communities to access quality performances. Up-and-coming touring artists tour New Zealand visiting towns including Roxburgh, Alexandra, Wanaka, Queenstown, Tarras, Bannockburn, Cromwell and Lake Hawea.  An AOTNZ performer says, “I used to turn up in towns thinking I was the most important thing happening that night. I came to realise I was just a focal point for something much more important – the chance for a community to gather.”  Ticket sales provide about 40% of revenue, the remainder is supported by Creative NZ, charitable and community trusts.  A documentary of this year’s tour of Central Lakes towns is being filmed

Bringing up-and-coming artists to the rural community

Arts On Tour plays at 60 venues around the country, from 40- 400 seat theatres. This year 40 artists applied for just 10 performance spots. “There is so much talent in New Zealand,” states Steve Thomas, who for 35 years, has been ensuring performing artists are seen in the regions.

The tour focuses its programme on rural and remote communities, providing opportunities for these communities to access quality performances. Up-and-coming touring artists tour New Zealand visiting towns including Roxburgh, Alexandra, Wanaka, Queenstown, Tarras, Bannockburn, Cromwell and Lake Hawea.

An AOTNZ performer says, “I used to turn up in towns thinking I was the most important thing happening that night. I came to realise I was just a focal point for something much more important – the chance for a community to gather.”

Ticket sales provide about 40% of revenue, the remainder is supported by Creative NZ, charitable and community trusts.

A documentary of this year’s tour of Central Lakes towns is being filmed

CENTRAL OTAGO REGIONAL CHOIR

 "May I, on behalf of the Central Otago Regional Choir, offer you and the Trust our most grateful appreciation for your recent Grant payment under our current Guarantee Against Loss.   The financial reassurance which your Grants have provided the Choir over many years has been a very significant factor in its on-going public performance programme."  - Gavin D M Jack, Treasurer, Central Otago Regional Choir Inc

"May I, on behalf of the Central Otago Regional Choir, offer you and the Trust our most grateful appreciation for your recent Grant payment under our current Guarantee Against Loss.
 
The financial reassurance which your Grants have provided the Choir over many years has been a very significant factor in its on-going public performance programme."

- Gavin D M Jack, Treasurer, Central Otago Regional Choir Inc

LUMA LIGHT FESTIVAL

 Free family friendly festival attracts 35,000 locals  LUMA is an award-winning arts and culture festival based in Queenstown. Transforming Queenstown’s famous Botanic Gardens and lakefront into a dazzling display of glowing art, it uses Queenstown’s unique alpine canvas, as a giant amphitheater for local, national and international talent to paint with light.  This free, family friendly event illuminated with art and sculpture, attracts a large number of visitors; and appeals to a wide-ranging audience; 35,000 locals from throughout our region, and a total of 40,000 – 50,000 visitors. Up until last year the event was entirely volunteer based.  The festival aims to educate our community in the arts and encourage awareness of the physical and cultural heritage of the region. The festival this year offered a dedicated school’s area for primary school exhibitions, and a spot with the main artists for the high school to create an installation. With a dedicated Schools Programme Coordinator and the opportunity to showcase work on such a high profile stage, LUMA provides a fantastic opportunity for students to gain confidence in the arts, and a pathway into the Arts and Culture sector.  "Many thanks indeed. That is the best news we have had in quite some time - amazing - just amazing.  Thank you for showing us this level of faith in what we are doing - it means a lot to us."  - Duncan Forsyth, Chair, LUMA Light Festival Trust

Free family friendly festival attracts 35,000 locals

LUMA is an award-winning arts and culture festival based in Queenstown. Transforming Queenstown’s famous Botanic Gardens and lakefront into a dazzling display of glowing art, it uses Queenstown’s unique alpine canvas, as a giant amphitheater for local, national and international talent to paint with light.

This free, family friendly event illuminated with art and sculpture, attracts a large number of visitors; and appeals to a wide-ranging audience; 35,000 locals from throughout our region, and a total of 40,000 – 50,000 visitors. Up until last year the event was entirely volunteer based.

The festival aims to educate our community in the arts and encourage awareness of the physical and cultural heritage of the region. The festival this year offered a dedicated school’s area for primary school exhibitions, and a spot with the main artists for the high school to create an installation. With a dedicated Schools Programme Coordinator and the opportunity to showcase work on such a high profile stage, LUMA provides a fantastic opportunity for students to gain confidence in the arts, and a pathway into the Arts and Culture sector.

"Many thanks indeed. That is the best news we have had in quite some time - amazing - just amazing.

Thank you for showing us this level of faith in what we are doing - it means a lot to us."

- Duncan Forsyth, Chair, LUMA Light Festival Trust