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.




Otago Community Trust enjoys a positive year 

  • 30-Aug-17
  • News Media Release

The Otago Community Trust invested $7.5 million into the Otago community over the last year. Around 80 people attended its Annual Public Meeting held in Dunedin on August 22. The Trust reported a positive year, its Investment Portfolio returning $22.5 million, representing a return of 9.2 percent.

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$600,000 for Waitaki Cultural Facility

  • 02-Aug-17
  • Media Release

The Otago Community Trust is pleased to announce that Trustees approved a $600,000 donation last week to support the Waitaki District Council with the development of the new Waitaki Cultural Facility. The multimillion-dollar project for the new cultural facility in Oamaru will see the amalgamation of the Forrester Gallery, North Otago Museum and Waitaki District Archive.

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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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New Art & Culture Capability Fund for Dunedin

  • 25-Jul-17
  • News Media Release

The Dunedin City Council and the Otago Community Trust are pleased to announce a new contestable fund has been established to offer support to not for profit arts and culture organisations. The fund will assist organisations to improve their capability, with the aim to empower them to grow a sustainable future.

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