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 Wanaka Swimming Pool Underway

  • 05-May-17
  • Funding Stories

If you are based in Upper Clutha then you will be witness to a great deal of activity around the new Wanaka Recreation Centre as the new swimming pool complex begins to take shape. Significant progress is being made on the new complex with the outer walls of the three individual pools now in place.

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Arts Festival secures Trust funding for 2018

  • 28-Apr-17
  • News Media Release

The Otago Festival of the Arts Trust was the largest beneficiary from the recent Otago Community Trust donation round, securing a $185,000 donation to the assist with the cost of the biennual Arts Festival Dunedin. Nicholas McBryde Director of the Otago Festival of the Arts Trust said Arts Festival Dunedin is grateful to the Otago Community Trust for their investment, and their belief in what the Festival is.

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Otematata Wetlands Walk  

  • 22-Apr-17
  • Funding Stories

The Otago Community Trust was pleased to have provided support to the Otematata Residents Association Inc in February this year. The Trust donated $6,000 to the Residents Association to assist with the final stage of the Otematata Wetlands Walk. The Otematata Wetlands Walkway is situated between the shores of Lake Aviemore and Loch Laird Rd and its success is testament to great community grunt and vision.

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Ignite Consultants

  • 22-Apr-17
  • Funding Stories

In February the Otago Community Trust provided a $2,000 donation to Ignite Consultants to support the work they do with Otago not-for-profits. Recently we extended our support via running a funding seminar for the Ignite students in conjunction with the Department of Internal Affairs.

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Support for Volunteering Fund

  • 07-Apr-17
  • Announcements

The ‘Support for Volunteering’ fund is now open. This fund provides government grants for community projects that support and promote volunteering in New Zealand. We are a little biased but our Otago volunteers are among the best, so don't miss out on submitting an application that can support your group in 2017.

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