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 taking shape. Significant progress is being made on the new complex with the outer walls of the three individual pools now in place. A total of 183 cubic metres of concrete has been poured so far to create the main floor slab and secure the plant room’s foundation beams. The main building will be erected over winter once the ground floor structure is completed. Set to open in March 2018, the complex will feature a 25m eight-lane lap pool, a 20m learn to swim pool with separate toddlers’ area and an adult spa pool plus separate changing facilities. 

It will be joined to the existing Wanaka Recreation Centre located at Three Parks off Ballantyne Road which has had a busy start to the year. It is great to see that the new outdoor artificial turf has been getting plenty of use with regular hockey and netball training and matches, while the 'Sport 10' social league - ten different sports over ten weeks - is well underway in the indoor stadium on Monday evenings. Casual play at Wanaka Recreation Centre is welcome for just $5/adults or $2/kids when courts are vacant and no equipment set up is required. Plans are underway to mark its one year anniversary in July so watch this space!


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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