$600,000 for Waitaki Cultural Facility

  • 02-Aug-17
  • Media Release

The Otago Community Trust is pleased to announce that Trustees approved a $600,000 donation last week to support the Waitaki District Council with the development of the new Waitaki Cultural Facility.

The multimillion-dollar project for the new cultural facility in Oamaru will see the amalgamation of the Forrester Gallery, North Otago Museum and Waitaki District Archive. The project known as the Cultural Facility Development Project will address the current cultural needs of the community, future proof the preservation and presentation of the collection and provide space for future expansion.

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher said “We’re thrilled that the Otago Community Trust has recognised the special significance of the Cultural Facility Development Project and awarded this grant for the project.  This money, along with other funding we’ve received, will help us create a facility that will showcase Waitaki’s past and present – artworks, objects, photos and archived documents”.

To create the new $5.9 million dollar facility, the Waitaki District Council will extend and redevelop the current Forrester Gallery building located at Thames Street, Oamaru. This will double its size so it can house a combined North Otago Museum, Forrester Gallery and Waitaki District Archive.

Otago Community Trust chief executive Barbara Bridger said “the Waitaki community have debated for some time the best solution for the Forrester Gallery and the restoration of the North Otago Museum and Archive. Our Trustees are impressed with the thought and consideration that has been advanced to preserve the important heritage of the Waitaki region”.

The new cultural facility will meet industry best practice standards in terms of climate control, efficiency and access space will be greatly enhanced. It will provide the Waitaki community with a contemporary facility to showcase collections, said Bridger.

The new cultural facility is anticipated to open its doors to the community in 2019.

Other donations across the Otago region included a $80,000 donation to the Lawrence Waitahuna Presbyterian Church to assist with the cost of renovating and extending the church facilities; $70,000 donation to Otakou Health Services Ltd to support the purchase of medical equipment and furniture for their new low cost health centre; $25,000 to Oamaru Squash & Badminton Club Inc to assist with the cost of re-roofing the club.

Otago Community Trust also continued its commitment to the insulation of low income homes across the Otago region, with funding support given once again to Smart Energy Solutions and Technobond to provide subsidised insulation in homes across Otago.

The Otago Community Trust gave a total of $1,671,573 to 28 organisations in July.


Otago Community Trust Community Donations, July 2017


Alexandra Community Advice Network Inc



Royal New Zealand Plunket - Clutha Valley



Our Hut Tahakopa Committee



Bayfield Kindergarten



St Peter Chanel School



Dunedin Youth Orchestra Inc



Port Chalmers Rowing Club



New Zealand Red Cross Inc



Vision Port Chalmers



Otago Squash Rackets Club Inc



St Clair Golf Club Inc



Otakou Health Services Ltd



Dunedin (NZ) Masters Games Trust



Ellis Fibre



Lawrence Waitahuna Presbyterian Church



Meadowbank United Football



Awamoa Bowling Club Inc



Waitaki District Council - Pukeuri Hall



Oamaru Opera House Charitable Trust



Phoenix Mill Restoration Trust



Oamaru Squash & Badminton Club Inc



Waitaki District Council - Waitaki Cultural Facility



Otago Southland Area NZ Pony Club Association Inc



BandQuest Charitable Trust



Smart Energy Solutions



Project Litefoot Trust



Poolburn School



Snow Sports NZ Inc



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  • News Media Release

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  • Announcements

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  • News Media Release

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  • News Funding Stories

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  • News Media Release

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