Funding awarded to help Otago schools improve student wellbeing

21 Mar 2021

Media Release

Otago Community Trust have funded over $880,000 in support of a wide range of community projects in their March funding round.

Aroha Ki Te Tamariki| Mirror Services received the largest grant with $205,000 awarded to assist the child & youth focused organisation take a national pilot programme called ‘Tūturu’ into a greater number of Otago secondary schools.

Trust chair, Diccon Sim said Tūturu is focused on taking a whole school approach to student wellbeing that prepares students for a world where alcohol and other drugs exist. The pilot programme is a co-creation of the NZ Drug Foundation, educators, and health professionals, overseen by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Health Promotion Agency and NZ Police.

“Trustees were particularly impressed with the strong youth focus of the Tūturu programme, the fact that it aligns closely with the Trust’s strategic priority of raising resilience and capacity of youth in Otago, and took into account that initial pilot schools speak highly of the positive impact of the programme.”

Aroha Ki Te Tamariki, director Deb Fraser said the significant grant from Otago Community Trust will allow our team to ensure the delivery of Tūturu continues in Otago secondary schools.

“Initial pilot schools and service providers have all agreed that the Tūturu philosophy is the correct one – alcohol and other drug education has to be part of a whole-school approach to student wellbeing”.

Currently Kavanagh College, Bayfield High School, Otago Girls High School and Taieri College are all wanting to be involved with the ‘Tūturu’ programme and we welcome other secondary schools to also contact us, said Fraser.

“Tūturu has the ability to initiate significant cultural change within a school and equips students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to look after themselves.”

A $177,297 grant to the Friends of the Alps to Ocean was also awarded in March. This grant will be used to construct the long-awaited clip-on bridge for Awahokomo Stream and to provide a permanent toilet on the new section of trail between Sailors Cutting and Benmore Dam.

Adair Craik from the Friends of the Alps to Ocean said it was pleasing to have reached this milestone and we thank Otago Community Trust and all our funders.

“The new section of trail has been very popular since it opened, we receive fantastic comments about this section with domestic tourism continuing to make a significant contribution to our local communities. The clip-on bridge will enhance the Alps to Ocean experience even further.”

Other organisations benefiting from grants in March included the Owaka Swimming Baths Committee who received a $116,850 grant to assist with the cost of upgrading the Owaka Swimming Pool facility.

A $63,495 grant was also awarded to Fairfield School which will help with the cost of upgrading the school and community hall. The waterplay space project at the Oamaru Public Garden also received funding support with a $56,000 grant awarded to assist with the cost of creating a new waterplay space at gardens. 

The Otago Community Trust gave a total of $888,257 to 28 community organisations in March 2021.

Otago Community Trust Grants, March 2021


Kaitangata & District Promotions Inc



South Otago Agricultural & Pastoral Soc



Clinton Community Centre Inc Soc



Owaka Swimming Baths Committee Inc



Cromwell Scout Group



The Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival Trust



Kingslea School - Puketai



Swing Riot Dunedin Incorporated



Otago Railway and Locomotive Society Inc



Dunedin Tamil Society Inc



Dunedin City Council - Puaka Matariki Celebrations



Aroha Ki Te Tamariki



Fairfield School



Youthline Otago Inc



Red Leap Theatre Trust



Waitaki District Council - Oamaru Public Garden & Playground



Friends of Alps 2 Ocean Incorporated



Young Workers Resource Centre Inc



Adventure Therapy Aotearoa Inc



Under Rough Ridge Writers' Trust



Anxiety New Zealand Trust



Young and Hungry Arts Trust



The Parenting Place - Attitude Youth Division



Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand



Roxburgh Entertainment Centre Improvements & Promotions Inc



Wanaka Riding for the Disabled Inc (RDA)



Wanaka Bowling Club Inc



Holy Family Catholic School