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. 

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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.


Restoration of Stewart Town Cottage & Menzies Dam

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

Alexandra park 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

Miller's Flat Hall recladding

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

Bullock creek hatchery boardwalk

Bullock Creek Hatchery Reserve

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’s Heritage Building lighting project

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.