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.




Funding boost for Hawea Flat Link Track

  • 01-Nov-17
  • News Media Release

The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust (UCTT) has received a funding boost from the latest round of donations from the Otago Community Trust. A $30,000 donation was awarded to the UCTT to support the development of the Hawea Flat Link Track. UCTT treasurer John Wellington said it has long been the desire of the Hawea Flat Community to be able to get to Albert Town more directly along the route of the closed Newcastle Road.

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social enterprise

Otago Community Innovators Workshop

  • 25-Oct-17
  • Announcements

The Otago Community Trust is pleased to be working with Community Builders and the Valley Project to provide a one day workshop for community people to explore community innovation, assets, enterprise and capacity building through relationship.

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OCT Donations System Change

IMPORTANT NOTICE: OCT Donations System Change

  • 23-Oct-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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Funding Boost for Green Island Community

  • 03-Oct-17
  • News Media Release

The Greater Green Island Community has received a significant boost from the latest round of donations from the Otago Community Trust.

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OCT Learning Impact Fund gathering momentum, first Innovation Fund awarded

  • 01-Oct-17
  • News Media Release

The Otago Community Trust Learning Impact Fund starts to gather momentum. The Trust launched its new Learning Impact Fund on 1 April 2017 with the aim to encourage new thinking and collaboration. The Fund has been delivered in two tranches, the $1.5million $for$ fund and a separate Innovation Fund. Each fund has been set up as a three-year programme to help assist projects which support the education of Otago’s young people.

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