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. This follows on from the Trust being the Games Village sponsor for the last Dunedin New Zealand Masters Games which was held in 2016. 

Announcing the partnership, Barbara Bridger, Chief Executive for the Trust, said: “Otago Community Trust has a long association with the Masters Games in Dunedin. I’m pleased to confirm this will continue in February next year when we will proudly deliver the Otago Community Trust New Zealand Masters Games 2018”.

“We have in recent years been the Games Village sponsor for this iconic event. We’re confident the people of Dunedin, Otago/Southland and New Zealand will come out in force and enjoy the sporting and social participation that the Otago Community Trust New Zealand Masters Games will offer when it kicks off in February 2018”.

New Zealand Masters Games Chair John Bezett said he was delighted to be extending the partnership with Otago Community Trust for the iconic event.

“Otago Community Trust have had a long-standing relationship with our Dunedin team in the hosting of the New Zealand Masters Games and it’s great they have come on board to help deliver the Otago Community Trust New Zealand Masters Games in 2018.” Bezett said

Otago Community Trust New Zealand Masters Games Manager, Vicki Kestila said that her team are “actively preparing for more than 5,000 participants joining us in Dunedin for the Games in 2018. Riding on the success of the World Masters Games in Auckland earlier this year, we are committed to growing the overall numbers participating in the Games in 2018”.  

The Otago Community Trust New Zealand Masters Games 2018 consists of 60+ events held around Dunedin from 3 February to 11 February. It is estimated to generate $1.6 million in direct expenditure for Dunedin. 


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. The Greater Green Island Community Network Charitable Trust was awarded a $10,000 donation to assist with various community projects in the Green Island area, including the printing and distribution of a community focused monthly newsletter, purchase fruit trees for the community garden and holding various community events throughout the year.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: OCT Donations System Change

  • 02-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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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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Lakeside project starts in Catlins 

  • 25-Sep-17
  • News Funding Stories

It is always rewarding to see great community projects get underway. The Catlins Lake project in South Otago is now in full swing. This lakeside project is to improve amenities at the Catlins Lake, near Owaka. This project has been spearheaded by Catlins Promotion. The promotions group aims to utilise a section of disused highway to make a public amenity walk, picnic table and lookout near the historic wharf piles site.

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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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