Funding approved for habitat restoration programme

13 Dec 2022

Media Release

Otago Community Trust has provided funding of over $960,000 in support of a wide range of community projects as it concludes its funding for 2022. The Landscape Connections Trust received a significant funding boost for “The Halo Project - Source to Sea” programme with a $118,111 grant approved to support its delivery.

Project Manager Jennifer Lawn explains that the Source to Sea programme aims to work with land managers to fence and restore waterways, wetlands, and forest habitat on public and private land across Coastal Otago, specifically from West Harbour-Mount Cargill to the Waikouaiti River.

“Our focus is to support mana whenua as kaitiaki of this takiwa, provide volunteer, training and employment opportunities for a diverse range of people to help native wildlife and improve forest habitat and freshwater conditions and protect wetlands.”

It is wonderful to receive funding support from Otago Community Trust, we have made great progress in helping support communities develop projects to look after their indigenous biodiversity and look forward to advancing this further over the next two years, Lawn said. 

Otago Community Trust chief executive Barbara Bridger said that the Trust was delighted to provide funding support to the Source to Sea programme which is a fantastic example of a community-led conservation effort.

Other sizeable grants supported in the Trusts final funding round included upgrades to two local Dunedin swimming pools.

Dunedin North Intermediate community pool received a timely funding boost in the form of a $200,000 grant which will assist with the cost of replacing the building that currently houses the community swimming pool. 

Dunedin North Intermediate Principal Heidi Hayward said in recent years it has become apparent that regular maintenance was no longer keeping pace with the deterioration of the pool building. 

The pool structure has fallen into disrepair and requires replacement as soon as possible to prevent collapse. The wall cladding and interior lining are sagging due to the failure of the roof structure.

“While Dunedin North Intermediate pupils do not use the pool, the school is the fundholder and we see immense value in having this facility available for the local community”.

“We are working closely with the Ministry of Education and the Dunedin City Council to ensure it will be rebuilt, the funding support from Otago Community Trust is timely as initial cost estimates have increased in the current economic environment”.

A $72,000 grant was also approved to Otago Boys High School to assist with the cost of upgrading its near 40-year-old school swimming pool.

Otago Community Trust chair Diccon Sim said the trust was pleased to be providing support to the much-needed redevelopment of the local community and school swimming pools.

“With most New Zealanders having easy access to water, swimming is a key skill for school age children to learn.  Without investment in basic pool infrastructure, swimming and water safety skills will inevitably be set back - with potentially tragic results,” said Sim.

Other organisations benefiting from community grants in December included St Patrick's of Oamaru Ecclesiastical Goods Trust who were approved a $90,000 grant to assist with the cost of upgrading St Patrick's Basilica in Oamaru.  Arts On Tour NZ were approved a $20,000 grant to assist with the cost of the Arts on Tour Menu 2023 and a $20,000 grant was approved to the Alpine Community Development Trust to support the provision of food banks in the Upper Clutha area.

In total Otago Community Trust approved over $960,000 to 57 organisations in December 2022, this included Social Services Capability funding of $31,257 to eight social service organisations for capability-based initiatives in areas of governance and management. 


Otago Community Trust Grants, December 2022


Dunstan Arm Rowing Club Inc



Alexandra Bowling Club Inc



Central Otago Regional Orchestra



Central Otago Friendship Network



Central Otago Compassionate Friends



Jennys Companionship Group Inc



Balclutha Contract Bridge Club Inc



South Otago School of Bagpipe Music



Dunedin North Intermediate School



The Landscape Connections Trust



Otago Boys High School



Dunedin City Council - Dunedin Cycling Project



Saddle Hill Foundation Trust



South Dunedin Community Network Inc



Dunedin Midwinter Celebrations Trust



Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust



Otago Sports Car Club Inc



Dunedin Gymnastics Academy



Pregnancy Help Inc Dunedin Branch



Logan Park High School



Wakari Cub & Scout Group - Scout Assn of NZ



South Dunedin Community Network Inc



Dunedin Curtain Bank Trust



Catholic Social Services



North East Valley Community Development Project Inc



Royal NZ Pipe Band Assn - Otago Centre



Youthline Otago Inc



Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board



The Anteroom Arts Charitable Trust



Lawrence Chinese Camp Charitable Trust



Milton Elder Care Trust



Mosgiel Central Kindergarten



St Patrick's of Oamaru Ecclesiastical Goods Trust



Harbour Street Jazz  Inc



Maheno School



Musical Theatre Oamaru Inc



North Otago Sports Bodies Assn Inc



New Zealand Remembrance Army Waitaki



Stroke Foundation of NZ



Arts On Tour NZ



Otematata Residents Assoc Inc



The Boys' Brigade in NZ Inc



Dunedin Concerto Competition



Cavalcade Host Town Committee Inc



Crohn's & Colitis New Zealand Charitable Trust



New Zealand Endometriosis Foundation Charitable Trust



Age Concern Otago Inc



Alzheimers Society Otago Inc



Neighbours Day Aotearoa Charitable Trust



Goldfields Kindergarten



The Brain Injury Assn (Otago) Inc



Blue Light Ventures Inc



Alpine Community Development Trust



Aspiring Gymsports Inc



Wheels at Wanaka Charitable Trust



Montessori Children's House Wanaka Trust



Southland Triathlon and Multisport Club Inc