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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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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Shag Point Coal Mine

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.

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Naseby summer luge project a step closer

  • 29-Mar-17
  • News Media Release

The Otago Community Trust was pleased to provide a $30,000 donation to the Naseby Summer Luge Trust in its March donation round. The summer luge track will be an exciting addition to Naseby which has blossomed into a popular year round holiday destination for families. Geoff Balme spokesperson from the Naseby Summer Luge Trust explains that the project has been simmering away for a number of years.

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Learn to Ride Park Opens

  • 21-Mar-17
  • News

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher cut the red ribbon and about 30 children wheeled on to Oamaru’s "latest playground attraction" on Saturday 18th of March. After two and a-half years of planning, and about four months of construction, Friendly Bay Railway Bridge Restoration Trust’s $250,000 learn-to-ride bike park at Oamaru’s waterfront was child-tested after a brief opening ceremony.

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Otago Community Trust Launches Learning Impact Fund for Otago Schools

  • 13-Mar-17
  • News Media Release

Otago schools within the Otago Community Trust funding area are set to benefit from a new Learning Impact Fund over the next three years. The Otago Community Trust has launched the new Learning Impact Fund which will be available to schools from 1 April 2017 to 31st March 2020. The Trust has identified education of Otago’s young people as a priority area for funding and the Learning Impact Fund supports schools to address the specific needs of their students.

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