Otago Community Trust Donations, March 2016

31 Mar 2016

Media Release

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum curator Sean Brosnahan, an accomplished community historian will be researching and presenting the documentary. Beginning with the early goldfields migrations of the Chinese in the mid 1860s and conclude with more recent migrations of the 20th century.  The filming will include interviews with subject experts, historic photographs and footage of relevant areas, villages and provinces of origin in China.

Otago Community Trust Chief Executive Barbara Bridger said the Trust is pleased to have the opportunity to continue its support to the Chinese community of Otago. “This documentary will provide unique insight into Otago’s Chinese heritage for visitors to the Dunedin Chinese Garden and wider audiences”

The Otago Community Trust is also delighted to have provided the Dunedin Returned and Services Association a $3,000 donation to assist with the cost of the purchase and installation of three seven meter high flagpoles and a commemorative plaque in the Queens Gardens to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RNZRSA). The RNZRSA was formed in 1916 by returning ANZACs and remains one of the country’s largest voluntary organisations.

Dunedin RSA President Lox Kellas is pleased to have the Otago Community Trust support to advance the Queens Gardens project. “It is envisaged that the flags would only be flown on commemorative occasions as an enduring reminder of the RSA and its service to the past , current and future generations who serve this country”.

The Otago Settlers Association has received a $5,800 donation to assist with the cost of software development for an interactive display on the history of railway lines and stations in Otago and the Cromwell Museum Trust has also received a boost to assist with the cost of purchasing computer and camera equipment to enable advancement in digital archiving of the Museum collection. 

With respect to embracing the use of technology for the future, the Otago Community Trust is pleased to be assisting with the cost of holding the eighth National Python conference “Kiwi PyCon”, in particular the purchase of tutorial hardware for the conference. The NZ Python User Group (NZPUG) was established in 2009. It aims to support and promote the use of the Python programme language in New Zealand. Kiwi PyCon will be held at the Dunedin Centre from the 9th of September and runs over three days.

The Otago Community Trust donations for March totalled $77,442, to 16 organisations. 


Otago Community Trust Donations, March 2016


Cromwell Museum Trust



Kaikorai Metropolitan Brass Inc



Maori Hill School



Otago Settlers Assn



Dunedin Returned And Services Assn Inc



Dunedin Tap Dancing Society



Dunedin Chinese Garden Trust



Cosy Homes Charitable Trust



Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand



New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Foundation



New Zealand Python User Group



Poolburn School



Waikouaiti School



Te Whare Pora - The Weaving House



Hawea Bowling Club Incorporated



Mt Aspiring College