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.




Wharekai Re-development - Te Runanga o Moeraki

  • 20-Dec-17
  • Funding Stories

The Otago Community Trust was pleased to provide a $50,000 donation to Te Runanga o Moeraki in November of last year. Kaihautu Mary-Anne Tipa sent these wonderful photos in recently of the finished facilities.

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$125,000 for First Church Spire Restoration

  • 14-Dec-17
  • News Media Release

The First Church has received a funding boost of $125,000 from the Otago Community Trust. The donation will assist with the major restoration project currently being undertaken on the church spire. First Church announced last week that it would start a public appeal to fund the $600,000 refurbishment of the towering 56.4m spire after much more restoration work was found to be required due to the Church’s Category 1 Heritage New Zealand classification.

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OCT Donations System Change

IMPORTANT NOTICE: OCT Donations System Change

  • 10-Dec-17
  • Announcements

The Otago Community Trust is in the process of updating its systems relating to how we process our Donations and this includes our on-line donations application portal. As a result of this update we are unfortunately not going to be able to approve Donations from December 2017 until the last week of March 2018. Please feel free to contact us should you wish to discuss how this change is likely to affect your organisation – 0800 10 12 40

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Trust provides $2.6M pre-Christmas boost to Otago community groups

  • 08-Dec-17
  • News Media Release

Otago Community Trust has wrapped up its funding for 2017 with over $2.6 million in donations approved for Otago community groups.

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Cavalcade to Owaka 2018 - New & Exciting Cycle Trail on Offer

  • 01-Dec-17
  • Funding Stories

The 2018 Goldfields Cavalcade promises something new next year with the addition of the Kaitangata Cranksters cycle trail – this will be an amazing ride for keen mountain bikers.

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