Trust calls for grant ap­pli­ca­tions

The Orchardist - - News -

Af­ter a hia­tus of some months, the New Zealand Fruitgrowers’ Char­i­ta­ble Trust is back in the busi­ness of of­fer­ing fi­nan­cial grants to the in­dus­try. The trust makes grants to as­sist projects and or­gan­i­sa­tions that ben­e­fit the fruit grow­ing in­dus­try. But in or­der to give the grants, the trust needs ap­pli­ca­tions.The trustees con­sider grant ap­pli­ca­tions in March and Septem­ber each year.

The trust’s main as­set is the Hud­dart Parker Build­ing in Welling­ton. This has re­cently been strength­ened to 100% of the build­ing code and is now, once again, fully ten­anted. With more than $1 mil­lion a year (net) com­ing into the cof­fers the trust, while at the same time di­ver­si­fy­ing its in­vest­ment port­fo­lio, is very much back into grant mode.

“We cur­rently bud­get to give around half in grants and the other half goes into new in­vest­ments such as shares,” says the trust’s ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Keith Macken­zie.

“We are not sure ev­ery­one knows we are back in busi­ness [the ren­o­va­tion of the build­ing took the trust off­line for a short time] but we do have funds avail­able for grants and grant ap­pli­ca­tions are on the in­crease.”

Since Keith took over as ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer just over a year ago, the trust has been busy giv­ing it­self a sharp new look with a new logo; the im­ple­men­ta­tion of in­ter­net bank­ing and a new ac­count­ing sys­tem through Xero. Pro­vided they have in­ter­net ac­cess the trustees can now see what is hap­pen­ing any time they want from any­where in the world.

Keith is an ac­coun­tant with a life­time of ex­pe­ri­ence with many in­dus­tries. These in­clude a French com­put­ing com­pany, a firm of con­sult­ing en­gi­neers and ar­chi­tects and Manch­ester Unity, a friendly so­ci­ety. He had re­tired into land­scap­ing around his home but his “wife was sick of hav­ing me around the house all day and found me this job” he laughs.

He is the first port of call for all trust mat­ters, in­clud­ing is­sues to do with the Hud­dart Parker Build­ing when the build­ing man­agers have any ques­tions or need ap­provals on build­ing mat­ters.

Keith Macken­zie: First port of call for all en­quiries to the NZ Fruitgrowers Char­i­ta­ble Trust.

The new logo of the NZ Fruitgrowers Char­i­ta­ble Trust. It rep­re­sents the key­stones of the New Zealand fruit grow­ing in­dus­try.

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