Mil­lions given to groups

Piako Post - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MIKE BAIN

Trust Waikato de­liv­ered $11.6 mil­lion in the past fi­nan­cial year to sup­port ini­tia­tives across the re­gion.

Mor­rinsvil­lle and Te Aroha groups re­ceived a com­bined to­tal of $161,000 fund­ing, spread across 27 com­mu­nity groups.

The Ngati Haua Mahi Trust re­ceived the big­gest grant of $35,000 for op­er­a­tional and class­room up­grade costs.

Other big do­na­tions were re­ceived by Mor­rinsville Com­mu­nity House ($20,000), Mor­rinsville Art Gallery ($19,000), Te Aroha Kin­der­garten ($19,000), Fu­ture Te Aroha ($10,000) and Te Aroha Col­lege ($8000).

The bal­ance was made of grants for dif­fer­ing amounts from $600 up to $7500.

Some of the main talk­ing points from the an­nual public meet­ing at­tended by stake­hold­ers was the fis­cal man­age­ment of the trustees.

From the $11.6 mil­lion paid out through grants, $8.8m was ap­proved for 636 com­mu­nity projects with $2.8m go­ing to 10 sig­nif­i­cant cap­i­tal projects.

A fur­ther $2.5 mil­lion was paid to the trust’s strate­gic part­ners.

Trust chair­man Niwa Nuri out­lined the new 10-year strate­gic plan fo­cus­ing on achiev­ing im­pact and in­flu­ence at a re­gional level through ef­fec­tive phi­lan­thropy, lead­er­ship and part­ner­ship.

In recog­nis­ing the need for strong lead­er­ship the strat­egy has a deeper fo­cus on tack­ling new chal­lenges and its five and 10-year goals to­wards en­abling trans­for­ma­tional change for peo­ple, com­mu­ni­ties and places where the need is great­est.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Den­nis Tur­ton ac­knowl­edged so­cial ser­vices as a ma­jor area the trust is fo­cused on.

Last year the trust con­sid­ered ap­pli­ca­tions to­talling over $6 mil­lion for sup­port­ing fam­i­lies and young peo­ple.

The need to sup­port so­cial ser­vices is in­creas­ing and Trust Waikato last year sup­ported 264 re­quests.

‘‘The trust is sup­port­ing with ca­pac­ity build­ing and ca­pa­bil­ity through ‘Com­mu­nity Waikato’ and this model is be­ing repli­cated around the coun­try.’’

MIKE BAIN

Trust Waikato chair­man Niwa Nuri de­liv­ers his re­port to the an­nual public meet­ing held in Hamil­ton.

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