Naish and Centennial Park destination playground receives funding boost

3 Mar 2021

Media Release

Balclutha’s Naish and Centennial Park’s are gearing up for a transformation in the coming months.

The Clutha Parks Trust were awarded a $300,000 grant last week as Otago Community Trust commenced its funding for 2021.

Clutha Parks Trust has been established as the funding arm of the Naish and Centennial Park Co-ordinating Group. Jared McPhee, chairman of the Co-ordinating Group said the committee was extremely pleased to have received a $300,000 grant from the Otago Community Trust.

“This generous grant is a vital contribution to the first stage of what will be a transformative park upgrade for the town's adjoining Naish and Centennial Parks.”

This first stage will involve developing Centennial Park into a destination playground which will incorporate features from the Clutha District environment highlighting local history, landmarks, and culture. It will also see the completion of a junior bike park; the establishment of a dedicated dog park and landscaping will be carried out across both parks incorporating sheltered and covered picnic and BBQ areas.

Mr McPhee said close to three years of planning had taken place to get us across the line, it is a very significant project for the small community and one that we are very determined to see though to its completion.

Other organisations benefiting from large grants in February included the New Zealand Alpine Club who received a $100,000 grant to assist with the cost of upgrading the Aspiring Hut. The historic stone hut is situated in the Matukituki Valley and is now in need of some major refurbishment work to ensure that it continues to provide a welcoming home away from home for mountaineers in the region.

Otago Community Trust once again signed on as naming rights sponsor for the Dunedin New Zealand Masters Games 2022, awarding a $100,000 grant to the Dunedin (NZ) Masters Games Trust.

A $129,000 grant was also approved to an alliance of social service providers to begin phase one of a pilot Integrated Practitioner Accelerator programme. This pilot programme is designed to enhance support for new tertiary graduates as they enter the workforce.

Claire Ramsay from Otago Youth Wellness Trust, who is coordinating the programme on behalf of the ten agencies supporting the 2021 pilot, explains that concern has grown over the years about recruitment and retention of experienced skilled practitioners who can work in an integrated way.

“This grant provides a group of community stakeholders from the child and youth sector the financial support to begin a dedicated pilot programme to work with tertiary students and new graduates in Dunedin who wish to receive quality mentoring in a variety of settings.”

The students come from a range of disciplines including youth work, social work teaching and occupational therapy, with frontline practitioners re-entering training and on secondment also likely to participate.  

Otago Community Trust chief executive, Barbara Bridger said the trust is very pleased to be offering funding support to assist the pilot Integrated Practitioner Accelerator programme.

The long-term goal of this group of youth and social service providers is to improve the capability of our skilled practitioners working with some of our most vulnerable.

“We see real merit in investing in a pilot programme that builds capability in this area.”

The Otago Community Trust gave a total of $937,654 to 37 community organisations in February 2021.


Otago Community Trust Grants, February 2021


Clutha Parks Trust



Cromwell Early Learning Centre Inc



Cromwell Bike Park Inc



Dunedin Poultry, Pigeon & Cage Bird Club



Grow NZ Inc - Dunedin Grow Centre



Hawksbury Lagoon Inc



Kaikorai Grays Sport & Travel Inc



Dunedin (NZ) Masters Games Trust



Otago Youth Wellness Trust



Dunedin Youth Jazz Orchestra



Dunedin Choral Society



Otago Golf Club Inc



The National Foundation for the Deaf Incorporated



Kaikorai Valley College



Straight Up Trust



Macandrew Bay School



Malcam Charitable Trust



Dunedin Midwinter Celebrations Trust



The Opera House Trust



Queens High Preschool



Ice Sports Dunedin Inc



Mosgiel Piping and Dancing Society



Silverstream South Primary School



Oamaru Multisport Club



Eastern Districts Sports Assn Inc



Waitaki Endurance & CTR Club Incorporated



The Volunteer Army Foundation



Choirs Aotearoa NZ Trust



Ruaimoko Charitable Trust



Arts On Tour NZ



Road Safety Education Limited



TalkLink Trust



Otago Outdoor Education Trust



New Zealand Alpine Club






National Rural Health Conference



New Zealand Olympic Luge Assn Inc