Otago Community Trust, June 2015 Donations

20 Jul 2015

Media Release

Sport development in Otago is benefitting from an Otago Community Trust investment of over $900,000 this year.

The Otago Community Trust donated $1,093,150 to community organisations in June.  Of that,

 $907,250 was invested in 29 Otago sporting organisations.

Otago Community Trust Chief Executive Barbara Bridger said the Trust’s regional sport funding is predominantly used to help fund regional coaching programmes, which assists with development across many different sports. 

“This funding is a cornerstone for sporting development; we’re pleased to be ensuring on-going generations of players get the support they need, from grassroots through to elite,” she said.

Central Otago Hockey Executive Officer Sandra Stuart said it would be very difficult to run sporting competitions in rural areas without Otago Community Trust support. The Trust’s $6600 donation helps to co-ordinate games for the 720 Central Otago hockey players, from five-year-old beginners to senior men’s and women’s rep teams, who currently compete at the Cromwell Hockey Turf. 

“It would be very hard to rely solely on volunteers to organise competition, in what is one of the most geographically-challenged sporting regions of New Zealand; some people travel up to two hours in trying winter conditions to compete,” she said.

Significant donations in this year’s regional sporting fund include $49,500 to Basketball Otago for regional development programmes, and $66,000 to Football South, $60,500 to the Otago Cricket Association, and $55,000 to the Otago Rugby Football Union for regional coaching.

The Otago Community Trust also continues to support capability building and sports training programmes run by Sport Otago, Sport Clutha and Sport Central. A $30,000 donation to the Otago Academy of Sport helps run a regional development academy.

This year Otago Community Trust sporting investment is also being used to help the Otago Table Tennis Association host a 12-strong Sister City delegation from Shanghai. They are involved in a week of training & development workshops for local and regional junior players and coaches.

The Otago Community Trust is assisting Dunedin to host the 2016 International Festival of Historic Motoring, donating $40,000 towards the event.  Up to 1000 historic vehicles are expected to attend the festival, which will be headquartered at Dunedin’s Edgar Centre on Portsmouth Drive but will also include outlying towns.

The Otago Community Trust this month donated $4500 to assist with the cost of presenting the inaugural Dunedin Jazz and Cabaret Festival, from October 16 to 22 this year. The festival will include workshops, master classes and a variety of concerts celebrating jazz and cabaret, with a distinct Dunedin flavour that plans to make use of heritage buildings including the iconic Playhouse Theatre.

The programme will offer jazz styles from original and contemporary, through to experimental, interpretations of the classics, and cabaret-inspired music presentations. There will also be collaborations with Dunedin poets, dancers, sound and performance artists, actors and comedians. https://www.facebook.com/dunedinjazzfest

The Otago Community Trust is also supporting a heritage project in the Teviot Valley this month. It donated $7,000 towards preserving the rail water tower on the east side of the Clutha River just out of Roxburgh, thought to be the only one left in Otago.

Teviot Valley Society Secretary/treasurer Mike Paterson said the water tower, used to service steam trains, is the last remaining relic of the old railway line that closed in the 1960s, and has local historic significance.

Recognising the pressure Dunedin and Mosgiel foodbanks experienced following the recent major floods, the Otago Community Trust supported four foodbanks this month, totalling $20,000.

It also supported Ronald Macdonald House in Auckland, donating $3500 towards upgrading the kitchen at the Auckland Domain Ronald McDonald facility. A total of 87 families from the lower South Island used the facility for 1101 bed nights in 2014.

Otago Community Trust regional sporting fund donations, June 2015


Central Otago Hockey Assn



Central Otago Softball Assn



Sport Clutha



Sport Central



Otago Synchronised Swimming Club



Otago Yachting Assn Inc



Sport Otago - Fundamental Skills



Dunedin Ice Skating Club Inc



Otago Badminton Assn Inc



Otago Rugby League Inc



Otago Softball Assn Inc



Otago Hockey Assn (1990) Inc



Otago Hockey Association - Development



Sport Otago - Club Development



Mountainbiking Otago Inc



Sport Otago Director



Otago Rowing Assn Inc



Otago Touch Assn Inc



Squash Otago Inc



Otago Academy of Sport



Otago Cricket Assn Inc



Football South



North Otago Rugby Football Union Inc



Sport Waitaki



GymSports NZ - Southern Region



Surf Life Saving New Zealand Inc



Otago Secondary Schools Sports Assn



Sport Otago - Coachforce Athletics



Sport Otago - Coachforce Golf



Basketball Otago Inc



Otago Rugby Football Union Inc



Netball South Zone Inc



NZ Curling Assn Inc



Snow Sports NZ Inc




Otago Community Trust general donations, June 2015


Alexandra Musical Society



Kaikorai Metropolitan Brass Inc



Otago Potters Group Incorporated



University of Otago - Dept of Music



Dunedin Tap Dancing Society



Storylines Childrens Literature Charitable Trust of NZ



Dunedin Jazz Cabaret & Performing Arts Trust



WOW! Productions Trust



Dunedin Senior Chinese Assn



Amputee Society of Otago & Southland Inc



Otago Diabetes Research Trust



Otago Table Tennis Assn Inc



Presbyterian Support Otago



Salvation Army Dunedin City Corp



Green Island School



Otago Bridge Club



Queens High Preschool



University of Otago - Business School



Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust



Taieri Christian Care Trust



West Taieri Rugby Football Club



Oamaru Tap Dancing Assn



Otago Outdoor Education Camp Trust



Catholic Social Services



Volunteering Otago Trust



International Festival of Historic Motoring



RMH Auckland Trust



Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust



Teviot Valley 2007 Soc Inc



East Otago Social Bridge Club



Queenstown Lakes District Council - Summerdaze Festival



Hawea Kindergarten