Otago Community Trust, July 2015 Donations

5 Aug 2015

Media Release

Diamond Lake near Wanaka is about to be revegetated with native plants, thanks to a donation from the Otago Community Trust.

The Trust donated $7500 to the Te Kakano Aotearoa Trust towards raising and planting 1200 native plants on land near the picturesque Diamond Lake reserve, in conjunction with pest control work.  The lake, situated near the mouth of the Matukituki River, is a popular scenic walk.

Te Kakano regularly undertakes revegetation projects in the Wanaka area, the aim being to create a native corridor around the lake.  Treasurer Neil Woodrow said the Otago Community Trust’s support is crucial in the conservation work.

Planting is expected to start within a fortnight.

Otago Community Trust Chief Executive Barbara Bridger said it’s important for the Trust to support environmental initiatives that preserve and improve Otago’s natural landscapes for future generations. “Volunteer groups undertaking similar projects will make a big difference over time; we applaud initiatives such as this.”

The Otago Community Trust gave a total of $330,988 to 26 different Otago organisations this month.

It’s almost 150 years since the first European settlers arrived in the Owaka area, and a donation by the Otago Community Trust is helping the community to fund its anniversary celebrations.

Four days of formal celebrations and lots of community activities are planned from January 7 to 10 2016, including a photo exhibition, the Shipwreck Ball, and a parade starting from the Landing near Pounawea, which is where the first town was sited.  Locals will be entering the spirit of the occasion in a beard-growing competition.

The celebrations will be marked by the unveiling of a new structure “The Waka”.


The Otago Community Trust is also helping Dunedin to celebrate its heritage, donating money towards the second Vogel Street Party on October 10.

The theme of this year’s street party in the Warehouse Precinct is ‘literature and light,” with activities focused on art, music, food and light.

Thousands of people are expected to celebrate the area’s rich literary history as well as enjoying the revitalisation of the historic precinct near the Queens Gardens in Dunedin.

The Otago Community Trust continues a long tradition of supporting the Southern Sinfonia, Dunedin’s only professional orchestra, donating $60,000 towards the 2015 Concert Programme. One of only four regional orchestras in New Zealand, the Southern Sinfonia hold an annual five concert series, plus additional concerts and education programmes, and it accompanies a range of productions.


The Otago Community Trust is also again supporting the Dunedin (NZ) Masters Games Trust, donating $50,000 to assist the activities of community volunteers for the 2016 NZ Masters Games Event from January 30 to February 7, 2016. The Games attracts a large army of volunteers who play a vital role in staging the bi-annual event.

This is the 13th time the games have been held in Dunedin. Alternating yearly between Wanganui and Dunedin, the New Zealand Masters Games is the largest multi-sporting event in New Zealand. It includes over 60 sports and more than 300 separate events, both competitive and social competition, for masters sportspeople.


Otago Community Trust Donations, July 2015


Grow NZ Inc – Dunedin Grow Centre



Otago Polytechnic – Dunedin School of Art



Spring Chamber Music



Pregnancy Counselling Services Inc



Dunedin Riding for the Disabled



Otago Accommodation Trust



Dunedin Youth Orchestra Inc



Aotearoa Peace & Conflicts Trust



Kaikorai Kindergarten



St Marys School Kaikorai



Dunedin Street Art Charitable Trust



Vision Port Chalmers



Anna and John Caselberg Trust



Dunedin Santa Parade Trust



Musical Theatre Dunedin Inc



Dunedin (NZ) Masters Games Trust



Dunedin Civic Orchestra Inc - t/a Southern Sinfonia



Excelsior Rugby & Assoc Sports Club



Owaka 150th Celebrations



Tangata Whenua Community & Voluntary Sector Research Centre



Otago Chamber of Commerce



Australian and New Zealand College of Organists



Wellington Museums Trust



Project Litefoot Trust



Te Kakano Aotearoa Trust



Wanaka Search and Rescue