A slice of Shag Point history

  • 05-Apr-17
  • Funding Stories

The Otago Community Trust was pleased to provide a $1,200 donation to the Shag Point Residents Association in December 2015. This donation contributed to the Association’s project of publishing a book of the history of the Shag Point area, including the Shag Point Coal Mine and the history of the early mining days. Interviews with the last three remaining miners at Shag Point provided rich insight into the aspects of provincial life at the time. We love this photo of the three handsome miners who gave up their time to share this unique part of Otago’s history.  

Did you know? The Shag Point Coal Mine was in its time a place of legend. The mine used to go out under the Pacific ocean and miners could hear the throb of propellers as ships passed overhead. Shag Point was where the first bituminous coal was discovered in New Zealand.  Whalers used the coal to fire up their try pots. Coal was successfully mined until 1972, when flooding eventually closed the shafts.

The Otago Community Trust supports donations across a wide range of community sectors, heritage being one of these. We appreciate that Otago’s unique heritage will have positive effects for the community today as well as for future generations. Copies of the book are held at the National Archives, North Otago Museum and Palmerston Museum.

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New Zealand Masters Games Naming Rights Sponsor Secured

  • 28-Jul-17
  • News Media Release

Otago Community Trust signs on as naming rights sponsor for the Dunedin New Zealand Masters Games 2018. Otago Community Trust, one of the largest philanthropic organisations in Otago / Southland, today announces its naming rights sponsorship for the upcoming Otago Community Trust New Zealand Masters Games 2018, further cementing its longstanding commitment to the Games.

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New multi-purpose sports turf for Ranfurly

  • 27-Jul-17
  • Funding Stories

In February the Otago Community Trust provided a $27,000 donation to St John School in Ranfurly. This donation contributed to the stage two cost of their multi-purpose sports turf & equipment project. Stage two specifically concertrated on the purchase and installation of a fence around the turf and the various pieces of sports equipment that would be used on the turf – tennis net, netball hoops, basketball hoops and soccer goal.

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OCT approves $1.2 million in funding

  • 06-Jul-17
  • News Media Release

The Otago Community Trust approved over $1.2M in donations in its recent June donation round. The June donation round saw the Trust approve its regular annual funding to Otago regional sporting bodies, whereby a total of $967,200 was approved across 36 regional sporting bodies. Among the biggest beneficiaries were Sport Otago ($172,250), Netball South ($110,000) and Football South ($80,000).

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SPCA Otago - Opoho Building Replacement Underway  

  • 05-Jul-17
  • Funding Stories

SPCA Otago launched a $1.5 million fundraising campaign last year to give its run-down Dunedin animal shelter a facelift. The buildings replacement project is long overdue and will allow SPCA Otago to function more efficiently in the future. The Otago Community Trust was pleased to support the SPCA with a $150,000 donation.

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Trust donates $600k to Football South all-weather facility at Logan Park

  • 07-Jun-17
  • News Media Release

Football South has been given a further $600,000 boost for its sport turf development at Logan Park after securing funding from the Otago Community Trust. The donation was approved at the Trust’s recent board meeting, where trustees granted a number of sizable donations across the region.

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