Dunedin Prison receives funding boost for stage two restoration

  • 03-Mar-20
  • News Media Release

Otago’s historic Dunedin Prison is gearing up to commence further restoration work in the coming months. The Dunedin Prison Charitable Trust were awarded a $100,000 grant last week as Otago Community Trust kicked off its funding for 2020.

Owen Graham, chairman of the Dunedin Prison Charitable Trust said the trust board was extremely pleased to have received a $100,000 grant from the Otago Community Trust toward its ambitious stage two restoration.

“This funding boost is a vital contribution to the overall project cost of around $660,000 for re-roofing of the three cell blocks as well as repair and repainting of the cell block windows and exterior.”

Mr Graham said through such a generous grant it is now possible for the Dunedin Prison Trust to make a formal application to the Lottery Grants Board for further funding support.

“We are hoping the project will start in late September / early October 2020 if everything goes to plan.”

Dunedin Prison is a Heritage NZ Category 1 Listed building classification in view of its historical significance and rarity. It is recognised internationally as a rare example of a purpose-built courtyard prison.

Other organisations benefiting from grants in February included Tuapeka Health Incorporated who received a $57,000 grant to assist with the cost of ongoing provision of Health Care Services in the Lawrence district. A sizable grant of $84,682 was also awarded to social services agency Methodist Mission Southern for a new Driver Licencing Programme that will be aimed at supporting higher-risk / higher-need individuals who have come to the attention of the New Zealand Police.

Otago Community Trust chief executive, Barbara Bridger said the Driver Licencing Programme is a new joint initiative between Otago Community Trust, New Zealand Police, Ministry of Social Development and Methodist Mission Southern (MMS).

Ms Bridger said police during their duties regularly encounter people who do not hold a current NZ Drivers licence. 

“These unlicensed drivers suffer negative consequences through the judicial system (fines, court appearances, disqualification, confiscation etc…).   They also have restricted access to employment opportunities because of not having a current driver’s licence.” 

The programme being funded will see the delivery of four learner class 1 licence courses, four restricted class 1 licence courses for up to 48 individuals in 2020, with potential in 2021 to also run four full class 1 licence short courses.

“It is hoped that this new driver licensing programme will help keep higher-risk / higher-need individuals out of the justice system”, said Bridger.

The Otago Community Trust gave a total of $946,847 to 53 community organisations in February.


Otago Community Trust Grants, February 2020


Dunstan High School



REAP - Central Otago



Alexandra Community Advice Network Inc



Alexandra Volunteer Fire Brigade



Sticks 'n Stones Inc



Balclutha Playcentre



Tuapeka Health Incorporated



Dunedin Returned Services Choir



Otago Sports Car Club Inc



Coastguard Dunedin Inc



Dunedin Indoor Sports Venues Trust



Arcade Theatre Trust



Fire in Ice Outrigger Canoe Club Inc



Malcam Charitable Trust



St Joseph's Cathedral School



Social Impact Studio - University of Otago



Cosy Homes Charitable Trust



Kavanagh College



Cancer Society of NZ Otago & Southland



Waikouaiti District Museum Soc Inc



Parafed Otago



Youthline Otago Inc



Moana House - Downie Stewart Foundation



Dunedin Prison Charitable Trust



Dunedin Midwinter Celebrations Trust



Pirates Squash Rackets Club Inc



Maori Hill Community Centre Society Inc



Dunedin Youth Orchestra Inc



Musical Theatre Dunedin Inc



Dunedin Wildlife Trust



Andersons Bay Community Kindergarten Inc



Otago Neighbourhood Support Charitable Trust



Dunedin City Council - Puaka Matariki Celebrations



Brighton Surf Life Saving Club (Dunedin)



Methodist Mission Southern



Oamaru Multisport Club



Oamaru Poultry Pigeon & Canary Society



East Otago High School



Filipino Waitaki Incorporated



Citizens Advice Bureau - North Otago



Blue Light Ventures Incorporated



Age Concern Otago Inc



Young Workers Resource Centre Inc



Arts On Tour NZ



The CanInspire Charitable Trust



Read NZ Te Pou Muramura Incorporated



The Parenting Place - Attitude Youth Division



Otago Southland Area of NZ Pony Clubs Association Inc



Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind Inc



TalkLink Trust



Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand



Disc Golf Wanaka Inc



Mt Aspiring College



OCC - Wellbeing

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