Solid year for trust

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Porirua Com­mu­nity Trust gave more than $1.8 mil­lion in grants to 265 or­gan­i­sa­tions in the past year. De­spite the wind­ing up of the Mana Com­mu­nity Grants Foun­da­tion, with op­er­a­tions taken over by Trust House, trus­tees said it was busi­ness as usual for the distri­bu­tion of funds back into the Porirua com­mu­nity.

‘‘We’ve been work­ing hard to keep th­ese funds lo­cal and have been re­ally dis­heart­ened by [see­ing] some lo­cal gam­ing funds be­ing di­verted else­where,’’ trustee Eleanor Cater said.

‘‘We firmly be­lieve that gam­ing venues should sup­port the peo­ple that sup­port them and, over the com­ing months, look for­ward to hav­ing dis­cus­sions and wel­com­ing new gam­ing venues to join us.’’

Ti­tahi Bay Mar­lins Rugby League Club’s Mike Hall said his club had grown with the sup­port of the Porirua Com­mu­nity Trust.

‘‘It’s made a dif­fer­ence to our club – we know this sup­port wouldn’t be as avail­able from some of the big­ger foun­da­tions,’’ he said.

In the year to March, $1.86m was handed out to Porirua or­gan­i­sa­tions and groups by the trust.

‘‘We’re re­ally stag­gered with the range of ini­tia­tives hap­pen­ing in our city, with a no­table in­crease in wel­fare groups ap­ply­ing,’’ Cater said.

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