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Congratulations to our We Can Help With That funding recipients who continue to do outstanding things in our community.

Thank you for your contribution to our community!

2022 Funding Round 2 Recipients

Whangarei Quarry Gardens (Sculpture Northland)

We were delighted to support Whangarei Quarry Gardens to bring you Sculpture Northland 2022! A wonderful event for art and garden lovers alike, showcasing Northland’s amazing community of artists, an amazing community garden, and the community itself.

Running from 20-29 May this year, the event featured over 100 sculptural works by 50 of Northland’s talented artists on display in their beautiful sub-tropical gardens. This annual exhibition has been running since 2008, and is a community driven project to raise funds for The Whangarei Quarry Gardens, with all proceeds going towards the running and development of gardens. Organisers calculated a whopping 2600 hours of volunteer labour went into making the 2022 event possible.

Despite the unpredictable post-Covid environment and often-inclement weather, the 2022 event saw large visitor numbers (with a total of 4,387 people through the gates) and an impressive number of art sales (with approximately $130,000 worth of artwork sold).

Whangarei Cat Rescue

Whangarei Cat Rescue is a charitable trust formed in January 2020 and run by volunteers. They rescue, rehabilitate and rehome unwanted, abandoned and homeless cats and kittens in Whangarei. With the aim of reducing the overall numbers of abandoned and feral cats on the streets, and ensuring all cats are desexed, microchipped and registered with their owners, they are in the process of developing a program to fund the desexing of cats owned by members of our community in lower socie-economic areas.

With established networks of vets, owners, volunteers, Council and SPCA and marketing and fundraising plans in place this active group of volunteers are doing wonderful work in our communities. Their work plays a vital role in the two aspects of cat management: welfare of unwanted cats themselves, and the protection of wildlife, in particular native birds, by removing the main source of depredation.

Whilst Whangarei Cat Rescue doesn’t have the financial background, they do have the systems and processes in place to achieve their common goal, and we are excited to support them in their aim of desexing up to 100 cats this financial year.

Jigsaw North

Understanding that parenting is the most important job, Jigsaw North work with parents and families to find ways that encourage and support the raising of healthy, happy and confident children. They provide much needed support for more than 450 families every year, with their wrap around services of counselling for children, parents and families, social work, family support and a range of parenting education and therapeutic programmes.

Their parenting programmes cater for the needs of children by assisting parents to gain more knowledge, skills and strategies to understand their children’s developmental and emotional needs more effectively. To reduce one of the barriers to accessing their services, they offer these programmes free to families with children aged 18 or under.

Being a not-for-profit organisation they require funding to help deliver these programmes to the local community, and we have assisted them with funds to purchase manuals for two of their primary courses: ‘Awesome Whanau’ and ‘Parenting Year’s – so they can continue to work towards their vision of creating healthy communities of thriving children and flourishing families.

Ngunguru Ripper Rugby (U7 Ngunguru Ripper Rugby)

Rippa Rugby is the new game for young rugby players. It is a very safe, non-contact, easy-to-play game for both boys and girls alike. – While the rules are simple and the game easy to learn, RipRugby promotes excellent ball handling and running skills and gives all players a chance to participate in a game similar to Rugby 7s.

Children’s health and wellbeing is an important prerequisite for their development. Engaging in sport is important for more than just physical fitness. Playing sport often means being part of a team and this allows for building skills in a whole range of areas. As well as learning all of the techniques involved in the sport, children can also develop their life skills. Playing team sports encourages cooperation and sharing, resilience, goal setting and building relationships. Learning to lose is also an important skill that’s often uncovered through playing sport.

With no Ripper Rugby available to younger kids in the Ngunguru area, some like-minded parents put the idea out to schools and to the community via social media to start up a team. Their endeavors were a success with enough kids interested to create a team for the 2021 season which has since expanded to two teams this season. Using second-hand and oversized shirts donated by Ngungunuru school, one of the parents approached us for funding for new team shirts to help the kids play with pride. We are proud to support such a grass-roots initiative showing this community’s spirit and drive – bringing local families together as coaches, managers, helpers spectators and advocates for the game while keeping the team local and eliminating unnecessary travel into town to attend other clubs.

Mangakahia Kids to AIMS Games

Several Year 8 Children representing Maungatapere and Kokopu Schools, and their local Mangakahia Squash Club, approached us for funding to get them to the 2022 AIMS Games.

AIMS Games is an inter-school sporting competition for young people across New Zealand and the wider South Pacific. Every September, many thousands of 11 to 13-year-olds gather in Tauranga to compete against their age in a variety of individual and team sports in a week-long event. The event encourages an active life, fair play, and participation across a variety of sports. This will be the first time either school has been represented at the AIMS Games, and for the students themselves, it is their first experience of a super-scale sports event – an experience they hope will become available to more students from their schools in the future.

Children’s health and wellbeing is an important prerequisite for their development, and engaging in sport is important for more than just physical fitness. Playing sport often means being part of a team and this allows for building skills in a whole range of areas. As well as learning all of the techniques involved in their sport, students can also develop their life skills including cooperation, sharing, resilience, goal setting and relationship building. – Thriving on new experiences, challenges and competition it is an opportunity for these students to gain new skills, abilities and grow, while also inspiring others to become more active and involved in sport, and we are pleased to support these students on that path.

Bream Head / Te Whara Conservation Trust (BHCT)

Bream Head/ Te Whara Conservation Trust (BHCT) was formed in 2002 to manage the ecological restoration of the Bream Head Scenic Reserve in Whangarei Heads – to create a place of healthy forest and abundant bird song, where visitors can experience nature at its best.

The story of the Trust is an inspirational one. It is the tale of a bunch of Whangarei folk who came up and ran with the audacious idea to return the pest-ridden Whangarei Heads Peninsula to its pre-European state of pristine forest. They wanted their birds back – native birds in particular – that had retreated en masse to Whangarei’s eastern offshore islands as introduced pests made nesting on the mainland an increasingly suicidal exercise.

Sir Edmund Hillary was the first patron of the Trust and flew by helicopter to an area near Urquharts Bay for this official recognition. In his honour, BHCT planted a Pohutukawa tree and erected a beautiful natural wooden seat that was engraved in dedication to him. This bench is still available for all to enjoy despite many in our community unaware of it’s cultural significance. It provides spectacular views of the Bream Head Scenic Reserve’s Mt Matariki and nearby Urqharts Bay – however, has severely degraded over time.

Operating solely through grants and donations the Trust approached us for funding for the refurbishment of this historic landmark, including an engraved plaque that would be fastened to the concrete platform that the bench sits on. We are sure that with refurbishment, the seat will continue to not only provide a beautiful coastal views and a much needed resting place, but also be a point of interest for those visiting the area, and a point of pride for the citizens of Whangarei that this iconic New Zealand hero stood as patron for the ecological restoration of our beautiful reserve – and it presents a rare opportunity to hold a community event around the re-establishment of a uniquely historical restoration project.

2022 Funding Round 1 Recipients

Ruakākā Surf Life-Saving Club Accessible Beach Chair

Aiming to make Ruakākā a fully accessible beach for all, the Ruakākā Surf Lifesaving club are in their initial stages of raising funds for a beach wheelchair.

Costing close to $8000, the chair is specifically designed for beach application with a stainless steel frame and fittings, waterproof canvas-type fabric and large low-pressure rubber wheels for manoeuvring on the sand. The chair will enable wheelchair-bound people or those unable to walk long distances or on uneven ground, a chance to experience the beach. The club have previously had to loan such wheelchairs from other clubs for events such as the annual Tiaho Trust’s Ruakākā Surf Day ‘Surfs Up’ event held at their beach.

The purchase of their own beach wheelchair ensures that those with physical disabilities can access and enjoy so much more of our beautiful coast.

SPCA Whangārei

Protecting animals across New Zealand for over 140 years, SPCA care for animals who are sick, injured, neglected, abused or simply abandoned.

The Whangārei SPCA approached us for funds to purchase a new water blaster for their Whangārei Centre. Whangārei is the main hub of SPCA’s Northland services, covering an area from the Brynderwyns across to the Kaipara Harbour, up through Dargaville to just south of Kaikohe, to Waiomio south of Kawakawa, then back across to the east coast. Around 3,000 animals are brought to their centre annually.The purchase will enable them to effectively clean the animal pens, kennels, pathways and centre more efficiently and effectively.

He Waka Eke Noa Early Learning Centre

He Waka Eke Noa Early Learning Centre is a community-based early education centre catering for ages 0-5 years in the heart of the Whangārei and situated on the Hatea Loop.

This term the centre have begun to reflect on the opportunities they offer their tamariki to connect, respect and care for our environment. Their passion to protect our environment has inspired them to sign up to the Enviroschools programme to hep them in their journey of creating a more sustainable future. – Enviroschools is an environmental action based programme where young people are empowered to design and lead sustainability projects in their schools, neighbourhoods and country.

Water is an integral part of play and learning at the centre, but also a very precious commodity. Teaching their tamaraki about water consumption and conservation has seen them catching rain in a gallon drum with a tap so water can be accessed for play and watering gardens – providing great opportunities to talk about water as a resource to be managed and conserved. Their goal is to capture even more rain water by building a simple monopitch roof over their existing sandpit (also providing great protection for the sun in the process) with spouting to feed into a catchment tank fitted with a tap for our tamariki to use and learn to regulate.

Manaia View School

Manaia View School have once again approached us for funding to assist with their Tāku Putea Kai / My Food Bag, a food technology project, for their year 8 students. The annual project aims to create confident, connected, actively involved life-long learners and focuses on teaching students about sustainability, eating seasonally, recipe modification, budgeting and understanding the importance of eating a balanced diet.

Students collaborate in groups to test and trial recipes for their ‘Food Bag’ while keeping within a strict meal plan budget. This is then assembled, with a recipe card, and students take their food bags home to cook a meal for their family. Our funds were used to help in purchasing the groceries needed – ensuring that the program could run without taking away from the classes existing, and already utilised, operational budget.

Community and collaboration are at the heart of this project – which gives them the knowledge and teaches students the skills they will need to support themselves and their families in later life.

The Blue Goose Charitable Trust – The Papermill

Established in 1989 The Papermill is a safe, vibrant, creative space where artists with intellectual disabilities create handmade paper and works of art from natural fibres and recycled paper.

They tutor both the ancient art of papermaking from recyclable paper and plant fibre as well as art and craft with paper. Papermakers that attend their creative space build self esteem, confidence and social skills allowing them to navigate their lives within our community to the best of their ability. The space also helps to break down stigma attached with intellectual disability – where visitors are able to appreciate the quality paper and art the Papermakers produce focusing on the amazing creative skills and not the disability.

Providing a safe creative environment for people within our community with intellectual disability for over 32 years, they they moved into their current premises, a renovated to purpose building at 38 Kamo Road in Kensington, in 2012.

As with most Charitable Trusts they have limited financial resources available and were extremely disheartened when in January 2022 someone stole the tools they need for boiling their plant fibres – one of the first steps in the paper making process. – The trust have approached us for support in replacing the stolen items as well as additional funds to invest in a lockable storage solution to prevent further losses in the future. This ensures that The Papermill can continue to deliver meaningful work experience for people with intellectual disabilities

Waiotira School Gardens

Waiotira is a small decile 3, rural school with a roll of 27 students. They applied for funding to help create and maintain some mara kai/Vegetable gardens. A project that aligns with all their core values: Participation, Respect, Innovation, Diligence, Empathy and Ecological Awareness – and will also support their goal of achieving a Bronze Enviro Schools Award.

Supported by another local school, Tauraroa Area School, whose Trades Academy Group have offered to build the raised garden beds, they required funding support for the purchase of plants, tools and other materials.

The School have also dedicated their ‘whanaungatanga Friday’ to be able to work together as a whole school using tuakana/teina relationships to ensure projects like the Vegetable gardens get completed – strengthening relationships, not only with the people around them but also with the environment. This project allows students see how food gets from the garden to the table, and in the future they hope it will be provide sustainable gardens that can be used to cook kai for their tamariki, with any surplus sold to our whānau and community.

Already having worked on their gardens for several years, this funding will help them get all of their tamariki outside in the fresh air and work in the gardens more often with the appropriate tools and equipment they need.

New Zealand Cable Wakeboarding Nationals 2022

The 2022 New Zealand Cable Wakeboarding Nationals are being held in Northland from 26-27 March this year at Adrenalin Adventure Park. Adrenalin Wake Park NZ Incorporated approached us for funding to help run the event… In a rare opportunity to host a national, high-performance, sporting event the organisers feel they are not only giving the Northland community the opportunity to showcase it’s best, and encouraging others to succeed, but helping to put Northland on the map.

Cable wakeboarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and is simply wakeboarding while being pulled; not by a boat, but by an overhead cable ski system – combining the extreme nature of wakeboarding without the need for (or expense of) a boat. Adrenalin Adventure Park was voted by the cable wakeboarding community as the best place to host nationals. The International Wakeboard and Waterski Federation is working hard to get cable wakeboarding registered as an Olympic sport. Northland have many talented young locals that are well on their way to achieving an Olympic goal in the sport, however they need events like these to be given the opportunity to access that type of competition.

The organisers of the event are focussing on inclusivity and exposure, keeping the entry fees as low as possible in order to give the riders the best opportunities, as they strive to put on a world-class event, with great media exposure, to help elevate the awareness of the sport.

The running of this type of event comes at a price, including the need to ensure the health and safety of our competitors. With a large amount of money needing to be raised for various aspects of this event, the funds from this application will go toward the private hire and required safety management checks of the Cable itself in order to be used in such an event.

In future years the Northland Adrenalin Park is also planning on building the first full sized cable system in New Zealand – a standard to hold international events, meaning it will be one of the only sports in which Whangarei is able to hold world championships

2021 Funding Round 4 Recipients

Friends of the Maunu Cemetery

For several years a group of volunteers have been transforming the older portion of the Maunu Cemetery into a gardener’s delight. From planting shrubs, trees and flowers, to weeding and mulching they have beautified the area significantly making it more inviting, relaxing and respectful for families and visitors alike. – The small but active group of volunteers meet weekly at the Cemetery to maintain and extend the gardens. Although acknowledged by the Council for the work they have done in beautifying the Cemetery and greatly reducing the amount of spray required for maintenance, they receive no formal funding. So the group approached us for funding to purchase plants, mulch and other items which we hope will help them continue their work: valuing our region’s history, contributing to the positive aesthetics as well as providing purpose and fellowship to the volunteers themselves.

Hora Hora Playcentre

Hora Hora Playcentre, founded in 1971, is situated adjacent to Hora Hora Primary School, and remains a parent-led cooperative. Through the shared philosophy, the centre aims to provide a quality learning environment for children that supports child-initiated play and learning alongside supportive adults.  At Playcentre children do what they do best – PLAY! Playcentres offer endless opportunities for children to explore, create, jump, run, get messy and grow.

With limited toys available for their children to play with, and limited funds (much of which are dedicated to future property maintenance and improvements), the centre approached us to upgrade their outdoor play equipment – including toys for the sandpit, water based-play, and balance bikes (which they have never been able to afford) so tamariki can enjoy an even more enjoyable and enriching play environment to learn and grow in.

Sail Northland

Sail Northland Charitable Trust’s was set up to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the sport of sailing, by creating greater safety skills; to provide a professional structure and sustainable future for sail training, coaching and pathway to careers in the sport. The Trust offer sailing lessons and coaching at Parua Bay 5 days a week for all ages and have up to 160 people attend sailing over a week.  Learning to sail includes learning important life skills, and perseverance, confidence, enthusiasm, self reliance, discipline and team work are all woven into the sport of sailing. Combined, these skills enable people to be successful and valuable members of our community and workforce.

Recognising the need and value in having more team members qualified in First Aid, as well as the need to satisfy Health and Safety requirements and school holiday program legislation, the Trust approached us for financial assistance in running a group First Aid course. The costs of paying for individuals to attend individual courses is prohibitive, so instead the Trust will be running their own course at Parua Bay – allowing coaches and volunteers to obtain the skills needed at a reasonable cost… with the offer to attend extended to other local yacht clubs. This will not only enable Sail Northland to provide their lessons in a safe manner, but also assist in general first-aid upskilling within the local community.

Tauraroa Area School

Tauraroa Area School approached us to assist with their annual Conference for Children an event which brings together up to 200 students from schools who are part of Whangārei’s Kahui Ako (Community of Learning) Schools – rural Whangārei schools which include Purua, Te Horo, Pakotai, Poroti, Kokopu, Mangakahia, Tauraroa, and Waiotira.

The event is intended to to raise confidence, understanding of cultural identity and build greater connection between students and their community by teaching communication and leadership while making the transition to high school easier. Students, from Years 6-8, participate in a range of workshops with guest speakers presenting throughout the day. This years guest speakers included Kawiti Waetford, Dr Armand Sinclair and a range of other inspiring guests.

Parafed Northland

Parafed Northland enables the delivery of quality sport and recreation opportunities for Northlanders experiencing a physical disability.  They work with people throughout the Northland community who live with a physical disability to see them included and involved in sport and recreation for enjoyment, good health and competition.

Parafed Northland has a number of sport and recreation opportunities currently operating across Northland including their On Water Sports Day at Kowharewa Bay in Tutukaka -where they provide access to a range of adaptive and inclusive sports including waka ama, Stand up paddle boarding, surf ski and kayaking. Our financial assistance ensures that Parafed Northland can cover the event costs and make the day free for all participants. Additional funds in this application were made available to their Swimming Development Program for the purchase of rash shirts for their participants and coaches.

Tai Tokerau Housing Trust

Tai Tokerau Emergency Housing Charitable Trust responds to the needs of homeless adults and children by providing safe, supportive, short term housing. They engage with tenants to enhance their life skills and connect them with services that enable them to move into and sustain more secure housing. Their kaupapa is based on equality and equity, seeking to ensure their whanau have the supports and tools to improve their quality of life and bridge community gaps borne from disadvantage. Providing shelter is the immediate need, but at the same time they engender transformational change designed to help whanau stand on their own, providing a better future for themselves, their tamariki, and the communities to which they belong. These additional wraparound services are provided through a dedicated social worker, budgeter and house manager who ensure long term outcomes are positive and fulfilling for families and children.

Providing transitional accommodation and support to those most vulnerable in our community can play a heavy toll on the team who have witnessed an unprecedented demand for their services from whanau, and single men and women who are without a home. For the team, housing Northland’s homeless from crisis to confidence, this seemingly never-ending demand can feel overwhelming: financially, professionally and emotionally. And unfortunately the need for emergency housing in Whangārei has increased exponentially with the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds we have donated will be used to acknowledge the work done by their team of 16 staff members, including social workers, budgeters, house managers, tenancy and property maintenance managers, as a way of saying ‘thank you’ for the work they do.

Tikipunga Community Trust

Tikipunga Community Trust, operating as TikiPride, approached us to assist with funding for the purchase of a gazebo to be used at the Tikipunga High School pool by community volunteers who assist the lifeguards onsite and ensure the pool can be used over summer by the local community. Originally built in 1988 with community funding, the pool was handed over to the School in 1999. Tikipunga Community Trust stepped in in 2015 raising the funds needed for the pool management throughout the summer, as well as a majority of the maintenance costs and have both facilitated and funded the opening of the pool to the community every summer.

Tikipunga Community Trust and its partners in this project, provide children, young people and their families, with a wonderful community facility available during the hot summer months. The swimming pool’s availability to the community gives many families a safer swimming and recreational alternative, than Otuihau/Whangārei Falls, which over the last few summers, recorded e-coli levels too high to be safe for swimming. It also enables the children and young people of the area, who don’t have easy access to the Whangarei Aquatic Centre or local beaches, with a swimming facility, which they can attend regularly and improve their water confidence and swimming skills.

Tikipunga Community Trust initiate, run and support many community services such as the Summer Safe project at Otuihau/Whangārei Falls and Whanau at the Falls community days, provide financial support to numerous sports, cultural and community groups in Tikipunga, as well as managing the funding for the pool.

Whangārei Heads First Response

We were proud to provide marketing support for the recent Whangārei Heads Garden Tour run over the weekend of 19-20 November 2021. The event offered nature lovers the opportunity to explore six unique gardens over two days while helping to save lives at the same time by raising much needed funds for a new First Response Vehicle for the Whangārei Heads community.

The Whangārei Heads Volunteer Fire Brigade is a dedicated medical responder brigade – trained to be first responders to medical events. With sixty percent of emergencies in the area being medical, the existing response crew are required to dress in full fire gear, drive to the site in their fire truck, and often then find they are unable to get to the property due to access issues. A new First Response Medical and General Fire Support 4×4 utility vehicle will help the Whangārei Heads Volunteer Fire Brigade respond more efficiently to the community across all terrains. With 637 tickets sold, and through the sales of plants and other donated items, over $25,500 was raised in support of the initiative and the community are one step closer to securing the much needed vehicle (and extend their station to house it).

2021 Funding Round 3 Recipients

Tiaho Trust

The only event of it’s kind in Whangārei, the Tiaho Trust’s Ruakaka Surf Day ‘Surfs Up’ event, gives disabled youths and adults an opportunity to catch a wave in a fun, safe environment. Now in it’s eighth year this popular event is always at capacity, and the next event has now been scheduled for February 2022. In order to keep this event free for participants, and to support with the transfer of specialist equipment, the Tiaho Trust approached us for funding .  This unique event that brings enabled and disabled people together to learn from each other. Through events such as these the Tiaho work to promote the disabled community as valued citizens who contribute, participate and add to the diversity of New Zealand society.

Tiaho Trust aims to significantly contribute to the New Zealand Disability Strategy’s vision of ‘A society that highly values the lives and continually enhances the full participation of disabled people’ by positioning themselves as the leading proactive disability led organisation in Tai Tokerau from which the community can obtain expert advice and support.

Hikurangi Lions

After the success of the 2020 Hikurangi Christmas Parade, the largest that Hikurangi has seen in 5 years with over 150 people taking part and an estimated 3,000 in attendance, the Hikurangi Lions approached us to again assist with the 2021 event- which is scheduled for 11 December and will include live entertainment, market-style street stalls, children’s entertainment and various displays culminating in the Christmas Street Parade at 12 noon with a range of cash-prizes up for grabs.

In collaboration with the Hikurangi Business Association, Hikurangi Friendship House, Schools and Sporting groups the Hikurangi Lions work tirelessly, with dedication and hard work, to ensure a successful event.  The Hikurangi Christmas Parade also offers a chance for local businesses to get involved through market day stalls  – and will be joined by local farmers showing their machinery, Pony clubs and local bike enthusiasts With this years’ theme: ‘Bringing Communities Together’ and in collaboration with the Whangārei Agricultural Day organisers, the 2021 event promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Ngunguru Community

Led by Murray Coop and Peter Vink, our Ray White Tutukaka team members consulted with Council and the community on the effects of the large flame tree blocking the river by the one-lane bridge in Ngunguru and approached us for help.

After a large Flame Tree fell into the river near the bridge, home owners upriver were nervous about it causing a blockage to the tidal flow and the potential it may cause for flooding.  Our team liaised with Whangārei District Council and Northland Regional Council on the matter who agreed that a community initiative to remove the trees was permissible. Our Ray White Tutukaka team have since been in touch with the necessary local contractors needed to remove the blockage, and attend to the fallen tree as well as two others that could become a potential issue.

(To also support the local contractors who have stepped in to assist, by way of heavily discounted fees, we also hope to feature their work and acknowledge their involvement, in the next edition of our Ngunguru Community Newsletter.)

Sistema Whangārei Toi Akorangi

Sistema Whangārei is a non-profit organisation committed to improving the lives of children through learning to play music.

Sistema Whangārei Toi Akorangi is known for excellence and innovation in training, education, employment and their stand for children’s rights.  Their goals are to strengthen the spirit, and foster making positive choices, creating an environment where “anything is possible” for ‘self’ and for ‘others’. They do this by providing a range of musical programmes to children in our community – so that their experience as they are growing up is one of a ‘sense of place’ and a passion for life and music. However, with their program growing exponentially one drawback is they simply do not have enough instruments so they approached us to assist with the purchase of three new full-sized violins to add to their resources.

2021 Funding Round 2 Recipients

Abbeyfield House

Abbeyfield house provides supported shared housing for older people at an affordable price.  They approached us for funds to purchase a new communal use washing machine for the residents to use to help ensure residents can maintain their independence while still being part of a safe, affordable, inclusive community and enjoying the company of others.

Abbeyfield New Zealand is a registered charity and a registered Community Housing Provider with 14 houses throughout New Zealand they provide a home to 161 residents and are part of an international Abbeyfield network which started in the UK in the 1950s.

Ngunguru Football Club

Ngunguru Football Club plays an important role in the local community. They are the only sports club on the Tutukaka Coast providing opportunities to children and youth to participate in a team environment. With close ties to the local primary school and early childhood education center, the club has recently expanded to include two senior teams – allowing children to now play with the club from the age of four right through to senior level.

Due to club growth, and without small inadequate storage space onsite at the Ngunguru Sports Complex, from which they operate, the Club approached us for funding to help purchase a larger storage shed.

The new shed will allow them to run the club more efficiently by having equipment housed onsite, accessible and also keep junior goals and other club gear safe during the off season. It also helps keep fees at an affordable level for all.

They are a small community club working hard to make sure that children of all ages have access to the benefits that come from taking part in a team sport.

Old Girls Hockey Club

A social grade hockey team, representing a range of ages, the Old Girls first division women’s hockey team approached us to help with upgrading their sporting equipment. The funding will be used to purchase replacement items so the team can continue to train and support the development of younger players through the grades.

The club are currently in a rebuilding phase, and have an excited team with quite a few young players.  Understanding that it can be hard to source funding outside of the premier grades, we were happy to assist – so that the team can continue to focus on supporting and developing their players in a fun, supportive learning environment. to keep their passion alive.

Whangārei Toy Library (Regent Community Trust)

Whangārei Community Toy Library provides an affordable toy lending service to Whangārei families. Run by a team of volunteers, the toy library receives no guaranteed funding form local nor national agencies and the operating costs of the Toy Library are unable to be met through fundraising alone. Understanding that membership fees should be kept to a minimum , to ensure as many families as possible can experience quality play though an up-to-date and extensive selection of toys and equipment.

This year we helped the Toy Library with the hardware requirements needed to get work with their new  online toy management system. This new system will allow parents to better select toys for their child’s developmental milestone; help volunteers manage inventory, day-to-day management and help ensure the efficient smooth running of the Toy Library for volunteers and families alike.

Waiotira School

Waiotira School is situated in a picturesque rural setting, 34km south west of Whangārei . It is a small country school serving the local farming community and lifestyle blocks and provides a high quality education for students from year 0 – 6. For over 88 years the School has offered children a superb all-round education, with provision of opportunities to pursue excellence in academic, sporting and cultural activities.

The School approached us for funding in 2020 to support their senior students travel to Wellington – to further expand their social and cultural education. Unfortunately due to Covid restrictions their trip had to be postponed, and the School reapplied for funding in this round. The trip provides opportunities to celebrate diversity and presents students with opportunities and cultural experiences that they do not encounter at home. All activities are carefully selected to ensure a broad, high-quality educational programme which has proven to be an opportunity for huge personal growth for previous students.  An exercise which focuses on people, places and participation we are sure that this experience is creating cultural and social education that will broaden their horizons in the long term.

Kaurihohore Public Hall Society Incorporated

Kaurihohore Public Hall is now close to 150 years old and is undergoing significant repairs to ensure it remains fit for purpose. The arrival of Nova Scotian Scots in 1856 and 1860 became the foundation of a thriving pioneer settlement, and it was these men and women who got together to plan and build the hall. Since completion in 1876 the hall has been an important part of the district – locals remember many wonderful occasions held in it over the years and we are very pleased to be able to help preserve our unique heritage for the generations to come. Interestingly, some of the existing hall committee members are descendants of the original settlers.

The hall caters for events which engage people of all ethnicities and ages and is a significant part of the hub of the local community – providing space for both locals and visitors to enjoy a multitude of occasions such as weddings, funerals, birthday parties, school events, market places, exercise classes and community meeting place.  We hope that our contribution to assist in the exterior renovations of the Hall will ensure that this community hub continues to bring the community together for many more years to come.

Kamo Intermediate School

The Kamo Intermediate Boys Football Team, made up of a squad of 12 boys, approached us for funding to get them to the 2021 AIMS Games.

AIMS Games is an inter-school sporting competition for young sportspeople across New Zealand and the wider South Pacific. Every September, many thousands of 11 to 13-year-olds gather in Tauranga to compete against their age in a variety of individual and team sports in a week-long event. For many, this is their first experience of a super-scale sports event, complete with an opening ceremony, professional livestream coverage and world-class facilities. The event encourages an active life, fair play, and participation across a variety of sports. Many professional Kiwi athletes have come through the Games on their way to specialisation and achievement on the world stage, and we were pleased to support the Kamo Intermediate Boys Football Team attend this event in what we are sure will be a major event in the lives of these young boys.

For most in the team, it will be their first experience of a super-scale sports event, complete with an opening ceremony, professional livestream coverage and world-class facilities. It will provide a fantastic opportunity to learn the skills of winning and losing with dignity, educating them in the importance of the positive affirmation of team members, fellow competitors, officials and supporters – as well as being a whole lot of fun! – Investing in opportunities like these for our young adolescents is also an investment in our community. The experience and lessons will help build more rounded, resilient and confident young people which is a great platform for them to grow and contribute as adults to our community.

2021 Funding Round 1 Recipients

Manaia View School

The school approached us for funding to assist with their Tāku Putea Kai / My Food Bag, a food technology project, for their year 8 students. The project aims to create confident, connected, actively involved life-long learners and focuses on teaching students about sustainability, eating seasonally, recipe modification, budgeting and understanding the importance of eating a balanced diet.

Students collaborate in groups to test and trial recipes for their ‘Food Bag’ while keeping within a strict meal plan budget. This is then assembled, with a recipe card, and students take their food bags home to cook a meal for their family.  Our funds were used to help in purchasing the groceries needed – ensuring that the program could run without taking away from the classes existing, and already utilised, operational budget.

Community and collaboration are at the heart of this project – which gives them the knowledge and teaches students the skills they will need to support themselves and their families in later life.

Kamo Intermediate School

Kamo Intermediate started delivering Ruautakauri Music Therapy sessions in Term 4, 2020 – promoting wellbeing for students identified as having intellectual, physical and social challenges and the success to date has been profound.

Music therapy is the planned use of music to assist in the healing and growth of people with emotional, intellectual, physical or social challenges. Raukatauri Music therapy is delivered by Registered Music Therapists via a clinical practice rooted in the humanistic model of music therapy which recognizes each individual’s uniqueness and worth.

The school requested funding to ensure this program could continue to enrich the lives of students who live with severe challenges to inclusion and acceptance – allowing them to express their creativity, inspire confidence, develop independence and create meaningful relationships.

Whangārei Girls High School

We were approached to support a group of Whangārei Girls High School Students attend the Auckland Model United Nations. Held annually at the University of Auckland, the Auckland Model United Nations is one of the country’s largest civics education events, attracting more than 500 young people. This event includes workshops, panels and simulation Model UN’s where participants will learn about the structures within the UN and local government, prompting our participants to develop their critical thinking and analytical skills. A tool for social mobility, it reminds and educates young people of their ability to enact change and incessantly strive to push for sustainable social development – especially in a global context. This event aims to inspire secondary students to think globally but act locally, prompting positive social impact on our communities.

These young people are clearly incredibly passionate about civics, social justice and are already demonstrating their ability to drive social change – we have no doubt that they will take all of their experiences and learning from AMUN and use it to support their community.

2020 Funding Round 4 Recipients

Totara Grove School

Totara Grove School approached us to assist in the purchase of scooters and skateboards so students could use their newly installed scooter track. Totara Grove School is a primary school with fourteen classes of students from Years 0-6 and is situated between the suburbs of Kamo and Tikipunga. A sense of whanau and community is a strength of the school who provide a nurturing, supportive learning environment, empowering and encouraging our students to develop self-management skills and take responsibility for their own learning. The school encourages students to look after each other and to be respectful, responsible and safe in their learning and actions.  These scooters and skateboards will be used to encourage active participation, while the students will also be able to learn valuable social skills like sharing, and working cooperatively.

Parafed Northland

Parafed Northland exists so that Northlanders living with a physical disability can experience quality sport and recreation opportunities for fun, good health and competition nd want to work with people throughout the Northland community who live with a physical disability to see them included and involved in sport and recreation. They also wish to raise the awareness of disability sports and inclusive sport and recreation opportunities within the community.

Parafed Northland has a number of sport and recreation opportunities currently operating across Northland. One of these is a Para Swimming Development Program, which has just been launched. With coaching and lane hire already covered through other funding, We Can Help With That funds will be used to purchase kickboards and cover other program costs for this 12 month program which benefits those  living with a physical disability and their families by offering inclusive, adaptable sporting opportunities through swimming.

Tiaho Trust

The only event of it’s kind in Whangārei, the Tiaho Trust’s Ruakaka Surf Day ‘Surfs Up’ event, gives disabled youths and adults an opportunity to catch a wave in a fun, safe environment. Now in it’s seventh year this popular event is always at capacity, and the next event has now been scheduled for February 2021. In order to keep this event free for participants, and to support with the transfer of specialist equipment, the Tiaho Trust approached us for funding .  This unique event that brings enabled and disabled people together to learn from each other. Through events such as these the Tiaho work to promote the disabled community as valued citizens who contribute, participate and add to the diversity of New Zealand society.

Tiaho Trust aims to significantly contribute to the New Zealand Disability Strategy’s vision of ‘A society that highly values the lives and continually enhances the full participation of disabled people’ by positioning themselves as the leading proactive disability led organisation in Tai Tokerau from which the community can obtain expert advice and support.

SANZ Shackleton Sea Scouts

An affiliated member of the Scout Association of New Zealand, located on Riverside Drive Shackleton Sea Scouts was established in 1956 and is the only scouting group within the Whangārei District that provides both sea-based and land-based activities. Approximately 75 children attend the club and unfortunately the water boiler, situated in the club kitchen, has become a safety issue. No longer able to be repaired this requires replacement so the club approached us for funding support.

Scouting is a worldwide movement with over 32 million members in 160 countries. There is the philosophy of learning by doing, with emphasis on outdoor activities such as tramping, skiing, and kayaking. Scouts are considered to work in teams (patrols), take considered risks and think for themselves.  The mission of scouting is to contribute to the education of young people through a value system to help build a better place in the world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society – this is achieved by involving them throughout their formative years in non-formal learning using methods that make each individual the principal agent in his or her own development as a self-reliant, supportive, responsible and committed person.

Whangārei Hospital Surgical Wards

Each year a small but dedicated team take the day to decorate both the Whangārei Hospital Surgical Wards with Christmas decorations. To-date this has been a self-funded initiative driven by a small team who fundraise internally, but this year the Ward Clerk approached us to support with a small donation for decorations – replacing some that have been in use for over 20 years. Having to attend hospital over the busy Christmas season can be very challenging and lonely, and unfortunately both wards remain extremely busy over the holiday season. Wanting to lift the spirits of patients, family members and staff the dedicated surgical team of Wards 3 and 4 take a day out decorating the hallways to ensure Christmas is special for all.

I Have A Dream

The I Have A Dream Charitable Trust aims to inspire Kiwi kids growing up in material hardship to navigate their own path to academic and life success, and creating positive role models who add value to their communities.

The Trust partners with low decile schools in low income communities and works alongside students, between the ages of 8 and 20, across all areas of life: including leadership, community participation, sports, and quality of life – to give them the life skills and academic support they need to succeed and guide them on a journey to success. Bridging the gap between the world of family and school to help students succeed, the program provides intensive tutoring and mentorship, working alongside students from the first day of school through to two years into tertiary education or employment. The mentors have a formal relationship with the participating schools, engage with the children’s parents, families and communities, and provide services for kids that give them the life skills and academic support they need to succeed.

Currently working with four lower decile schools and with over 900 children on the program, I Have A Dream are planning on providing large holiday programs for their students over the long January holiday break. The programs will provide a mix of fun and academic activities both onsite at at a partner schools as well as locations throughout the region such as Maraes, local breaches and sports complexes – providing families and children by providing them positive activities and opportunities to get away from home and screens. We are proud to be supporting this initiative through transport and food costs.

Mt Manaia Club

On 31 January 2021, Anniversary Weekend, the Mt Manaia Club will be holding their annual fishing competition. Run for over 20 years this is fixture for the Whangārei Heads Community. All the money raised from this competition is reinvested in the local community through the support of youth clubs – including Manaia Tigers, Surf Lifesavers Nippers, Ocean Beach Junior Board Riders, Parua Bay Touch Rugby and the Manaia Club Children’s Section. These not-for-profit organisations rely solely on donations to help the local community and the We Can Help With That funding will be used to support the event with any proceeds going directly to the clubs.

2020 Funding Round 3 Recipients

Pataua Outdoor Education & Recreation Trust

Operating since 1980, from grounds of the former Pataua School, the Pataua Outdoor Education and Recreation Trust (POERT) is a charitable trust offering a self-catering school camp facility for education outside the classroom, primarily to educational organisations and groups wanting to experience Northlands east coast.

With the aim to “provide outdoor education and character training – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – for all boys, girls, adolescents and young men and women or any other interested person whether residing or attending school in the Northland district or elsewhere within New Zealand” the Board of Trustees has managed and been responsible for the use of the grounds and it’s various building which include a kitchen/shower complex, a half-round barn, accommodation facilities, a toilet block plus an old school building acquired from Auckland, literally barged onto its current site in 1983, and its classrooms which were converted into the current Community Hall.

The Trust grounds and buildings have evolved over the years to become the central hub of the community – used for Gala Days, sports events, fundraisers, social occasions, etc – in addition to its primary function as a centre where locals and visitors acquire or improve skills and confidence in outdoor pursuits.

Demand for use of the Trust’s facilities is now very high – to the point that it will soon be unable to cope. Although the overall plan is to further develop the site to give Pataua a unique recreational and learning environment in a new all-weather facility, the Trust approached us to support them with the purchase of wet-paint for their shower block which was used at their working-bee to help in keeping the current facility operational.

Mt Manaia Bowling Club

Mt. Manaia Bowling Club, situated in Parua Bay, is a non-profit club belonging to the New Zealand Charities Commission and affiliated to Bowls New Zealand and Bowls Northland. The club is family focused with a culture that welcomes all ages, and plays an important part in the Whangārei Heads community.

Promoting community involvement and connection the club provides opportunities for recreation and sporting activities for all ages. The community spirit which saw 100 founding members bring the club to fruition in the late 1980s continues to live on.  The establishment of this rural club was a great achievement in terms of planning and community involvement, and the spirit lives on through years of fundraising, grant acquisition, determination and teamwork.  Throughout the year they host non-bowling events in their licensed clubhouse to help with fundraising and support the local community.

Seeking to eliminate a significant health and safety risk for players and visitors the club approached us to assist in the replacement of rink numbers and boundary markers.  The purchase was needed to manage the risks to all those using the facility, ensuring the club continues to provide an excellent, and safe, venue in the local community for years to come.

Whangārei Garden Discovery Trust

The Whangārei Garden Discovery Trust approached us to support them with their biannual Garden Discovery being run in November 2020. This community fundraiser for the Quarry Gardens was almost cancelled due to drought, then Covid-19, but their dedicated events team decided it was the perfect opportunity to give back and celebrate the community spirit that is at the heart of the Quarry Gardens – giving Whangarei people the opportunity to enjoy our relative freedom and quite literally explore our own backyards (17 of which are being represented at this year’s event).

Whangārei Quarry Gardens is a community garden project created by volunteers in the remnants of a former stone quarry in the forested western hills of Whangārei City and is a real asset to the community. With the ongoing support of Whangārei District Council, Community Employment Groups and many loyal sponsors and friends, the once dilapidated quarry site has become a subtropical oasis and is a powerful example of the strength of a community that cares for their environment.

Titoki Playcentre

Titoki Playcentre are part of a 400+ strong network of Playcentres across New Zealand where parents can engage in their childrens’ learning through play – fostering the involvement of whānau through early childhood education.

Opting to not charge parents fees for attendance, the Titoki Playcentre rely primarily on Government funding and grants to remain operational. It was the volunteers who run the centre who approached us to purchase a wooden set of marae and pa buildings – an interactive resource to encourage the use of Te Reo and Te Ao Māori through play. Understanding that children learn and develop best when their culture, knowledge and community are affirmed through play, these New Zealand made, hand-crafted taonga are a perfect resource for their centre to further enhance the Te Ao Maori resources available – ensuring that their children have access to items that are related to culture and identity to further aid a sense of belonging.

Whangārei BMX Club

BMX is a fast-growing sport, and Whangārei are now one of the leading clubs in New Zealand in terms of membership numbers and growth.  Located at Pohe Island, Riverside, Whangārei BMX Club has been running for over 35 years and has a current membership of over 80 riders ranging in ages from 3-50+ years of age. Families see it as a way to get kids into a structured individual sport that from a young age is very social and family orientated, and the Club’s focus is on organizing and promoting the sport within the region.

With a world-class facility-track-wise, the committee approached us for funding to help upgrade their club canteen – which has never been upgraded, but provides a small amount of revenue for the club and is an important facility for them.

Whananaki School Board

So excited by their new Pump Track, the Whananaki School Board approached us for funding to purchase scooters and helmets for their students. – A pump track is a circuit of rollers, banked turns and features designs to be ridden on by scooters, bikes and skateboards – great for skills development, excercise and camaraderie. The track provides a hub for the isolated community – promoting physical fitness, participation and connection, and the purchase of the scooters will allow more kids to get involved, learn new skills, get fit and have fun – helping the children progress and develop with confidence.

Whananaki School is set on the idyllic east coast, 45 minutes north-east of Whangārei.  A Decile 4 school with three classrooms, catering to students up to Year 8 they have a developing community and a roll of just over 50 students, the school really is at the heart of this isolated community – and the new track will become a social hub of activity and interaction… a real asset to their community.  Actively fundraising to provide opportunities for their students to progress, and being big believers in providing equal opportunities for all their students, the School Board realised that not everyone had access to the necessary equipment to enjoy the new infrastructure, and so approached us to assist them with the purchase of these items which would stay on school premises.

Ngunguru Bowling Club

The Ngunguru Bowling Club serves as a focal point for the Tutukaka Coast community. Membership is currently at 40, and members are drawn from as far North as Matapouri and as far south as Whangārei – with their tournaments drawing entrants from across the Northland region.  The club serves as both a playing facility and a socially interactive meeting place – where friendships are formed and community spirit is developed.

The artificial turf used for the green requires ongoing maintenance in order to prolong its life. While new artificial greens can cost upwards of $300,000 (which is seen as an existential threat to the longevity of many bowling greens across our county) it is imperative to prolong the life of a green to maximise the greens use and avoid unnecessary costs.  This is why the club approached us to support them with the purchase of a mechanical grooming machine which can be used by all members to help keep the green meticulously clean and prolong its life by minimising wear on the artificial surface. We are confident our purchase will help them use the facility for many years to come.

Kamo Primary School

Kamo Primary School’s funding is spread across 21 classrooms and over 500 students.  Each and every day the teachers strive to give their students the best education and experiences possible – despite their background and personal circumstances. To ensure that once they leave school they are able to pursue any opportunity they wish – regardless of where they came from. The school approached us for funds to purchase learning support resources for students who require additional support with their understanding of phonetics and letter sounds – the foundation for success in spelling, reading and writing.

To ensure that all students are given the skills to succeed at school, and beyond, we assisted the school with the purchase of a Targeted Literacy Intervention Project (The Code and Little Learner readers). These are evidence based and scientifically researched New Zealand developed resources for improving the outcomes for all students through effective teaching focusing on reading and spelling, and equip teachers with the knowledge and ability to deliver an effective, sound and quality literacy program where all students are monitored and taught for their specific needs and goals. – Knowing that where there is success, there is passion and where there is passion there is drive we believe the future is limitless and these resources will ensure that the teachers can put their skills straight to use and assist students to develop not only their reading and writing but also their confidence – enabling them to achieve to their fullest potential and set them up for greatness.

Ngunguru Football Club

Established over 30 years ago, Ngunguru Football Club has worked tirelessly to expand their club over recent times – growing it to a membership of over 170 people – with two senior teams, two youth teams and five junior teams  while still being run by a volunteer group of coaches, managers and committee members.

The club owned four junior football goals which are used every Saturday for competition matches. These goals were all in a poor state, so in 2018 the Club committed to replacing one per season (due to the cost).  Unfortunately this season has been severely disrupted by Covid-19, and while the club have been able to meet all the health and safety requirements to stay operational and keep playing, it meant there were insufficient funds left to purchase the last remaining goal.  (Fundraising efforts were also hampered due to Covid-19 restrictions). Using a now cracked goal was clearly a safety concern, and we were happy step in and assist with the purchase of a replacement so that the junior games could proceed for the season and years to come.

Maungakaramea Playcentre

Focusing on the topic of ‘He Kakano” which means ‘Growth, Development and Expansion’ Maungakaramea Playcentre are doing an ‘incredible edibles’ project with their Tamaraiki. Their project involves planting an edible hedge and raised garden beds so their Tamariki can grow their own kai and learn how to care for it and ultimately prepare and eat it.  With a focus on sustainability, this evolving project also encompasses heathy eating, healthy bodies, gardening systems and identifying good and bad bugs in the garden, companion planting, waste reduction, sharing and so much more…  It is envisaged that this project undertaken by Maungakaramea Playcentre will extend out and benefit the wider community.

Playcentres are a vital part of New Zealand offering a special place for families with young children to play, grow and learn together, as well as forge meaningful friendships with other families in the community. With a focus on child-led learning they provide a sense of belonging as families share responsibilities and decision making.  Each Playcentre around New Zealand is cooperatively managed by parents and supported by Playcentre Aotearoa and Federation staff at a national level. This provides centres with both the independence and support to meet the specific needs of their own area.  Every village, every community can shape what’s important to families in the area.

2020 Funding Round 2 Recipients

Pukenui Western Hills Forest Charitable Trust

Pukenui Western Hills Forest Charitable Trust are passionate about preserving native forest and wildlife in and around Whangārei.

The area known as Pukenui Forest, or Western Hills, is a dominant feature and treasure of the people and city of Whangārei. The eastern fringes of the forest are bounded by the edge of the city itself – from Maunu in the South to Western Hills Drive and Kamo in the North.⁠  It is a relatively large area of native (temperate) lowland broadleaf forest, a type of habitat now rare in New Zealand. It is known to contain a number of threatened species, including long-tailed bat, North Island brown kiwi and New Zealand wood pigeon.

We were proud to provide Pukenui Western Hills Forest Trust with funding for new trail cameras so they can continue their work preserving native forest and wildlife and asking everyone to be advocates for our kiwi.

North Coast Board Riders Club

The North Cost Board Riders Club approached us for funding to purchase a defibrillator lock box – so that they could make their defibrillator accessible to their community. Housed on the external wall of their Sandy Bay club rooms tourists and the rural community alike are now able to access to unit. Being in an isolated, rural location means it can take longer for emergency services to arrive, so having access to the defibrillator now means more immediate action can be taken in the event of an emergency.  We felt this purchase added value to an already vibrant and busy community and tourist destination – prioritising the safety on all those who live in and visit this coastal community.

Established in 1978 the North Coast Board Riders Club supported and assisted local surfers in realising their full potential while promoting sustainability and community through club activities. The club regularly host beach clean-ups, dune preservation initiatives and planting days to help preserve their ‘playground’ – demonstrating a high level of commitment to the community and the environment.

Whau Valley School

Whau Valley School is a decile 2 school filled with fabulous, friendly and fun-filled tamariki who love to learn. After their library was decommissioned and converted to classrooms, teachers, support staff, families and the community rallied together, with the help of Ministry of Education, and have work tirelessly to reinstate the school’s library and create a multi-purpose environment of which they are proud.

You will see teachers, children, friends and families sharing the newly designed space. With big plans ahead, and so many needs to be met, the school approached us for supplementary funding to purchase a new computer (replacing their only existing computer – a single obsolete model) to ensure the space becomes an even more useful, valuable and accessible information hub for their staff, tamaraki and whanau. The new computer will be used for educational activities, community outreach efforts and enhancement of the space where children can be creative and imaginative in their use of technology.

2020 Funding Round 1 Recipients

Northland Arts Centre

Whangārei’s only casual and respite arts facility the Northland Arts Centre is a local not for profit organisation dedicated to bringing healing through arts and positive influence. Their fully qualified teachers are experts at delivering clear, simple lessons with big impact – and aim at building community and connections through art.

Art and creativity is proven to be an effective outlet for self-expression and healing, and the Centre approached us to support them in rolling out a unique program for those suffering grief, mental health or poverty.

Art has long provided a way for humans to work through the tricky ebbs and flows of life and offers creative relief in trying times. Julia Tapp who runs the Centre uses the power of art therapy to help those under her care: building a sense of well-being and function in day-to-day living without any expectation or pressure to achieve perfection, and allowing people to change their outlook and find some respite.

Manaia View School

Manaia View School is a decile 1 school in Raumaunga who strive for educational success for all. They pride themselves on providing as many opportunities for their students as possible, but they struggle to fund all the tools that they feel necessary to best enhance learning. The school already work hard to ensure that all students have equitable access to learning tools and that any funding shortfalls come at no cost to other areas, nor fall on teachers to fundraise to ensure student needs are met.

The School’s digital learning programmes have contributed significantly to raising achievement by increasing student engagement and providing a range of learning activities that cater to individual needs. However insufficient funding meant they were unable to fund digital learning programmes in Maths to their year 4-6 students.Their application to us was made to us with the goal of raising student achievement using a motivational tool called ‘Mathletics’ that has proven to engage learners in what can often be a challenging subject.  A highly motivating tool for student learning Mathletics has been run with great success for their older students – giving teachers the ability to closely monitor student progress and set individual pathways in an engaging format.

Developing key knowledge of mathematical fundamentals at an earlier age has proven to equate to greater progress further on as students start look at more complex mathematical concepts.  Thought the purchase of additional online subscriptions the school can now expand this program to benefit their younger students who struggle with the subject, and maximise learning opportunities for all.

2019 Funding Round 2 Recipients

Tiaho Trust

The only event of it’s kind in Whangārei, the Tiaho Trust’s Ruakaka Surf Day ‘Surfs Up’ event, gives disabled youths and adults an opportunity to catch a wave in a fun, safe environment. In order to keep this event free for participants, the Tiaho Trust approached us for funding for this unique event that brings enabled and disabled people together to learn from each other. Through events such as these the Tiaho work to promote the disabled community as valued citizens who contribute, participate and add to the diversity of New Zealand society.

Tiaho Trust aims to significantly contribute to the New Zealand Disability Strategy’s vision of ‘A society that highly values the lives and continually enhances the full participation of disabled people’ by positioning themselves as the leading proactive disability led organisation in Tai Tokerau from which the community can obtain expert advice and support.

SPCA Whangārei

Urgently needing assistance in the lead-up to ‘kitten season’, the Whangārei SPCA approached us for funding for their Foster Kitten Packs. The funds are being used purchase the basic items needed for a kitten’s placement with foster families – before they return to the centre for adoption. Foster families volunteering to take animals into their care are the backbone of the SPCA’s ability to rehome so many abandoned, neglected, abused and orphaned animals. In addition to the hundreds of animals in SPCA centres across New Zealand, thousands more are being cared for in foster homes.

The SPCA helps protect over 40,000 animals in New Zealand every year. Animals who are sick, injured, abused or simply abandoned. Over 800 cats and kittens are adopted out of the Whangārei Centre each year, but unfortunately many of the animals that come into the Whangārei Centre need extra treatment, and/or socialisation before finding their forever home which places extra stress on funding.

Hatea Lions Club of Whangārei

The Whangārei Hatea Lions regularly donate their time to the successful ‘Summer Safe Carparks’ programme coordinated by Whangārei District Council under the City Safe umbrella and supported by the New Zealand Police, and a range of dedicated local community organisations.  Since December 2010, carpark ambassadors have been looking after car parks near popular beaches and reserves throughout the busy summer period with the aim of preventing theft from vehicles parked at popular tourist spots to create a positive experience for carpark visitors, and has proven to be an invaluable contribution towards ensuring a safe district with no vehicle crime committed in those areas whilst the ambassadors were on duty.

As Summer Safe Carpark ambassadors, the Whangārei Hatea Lions Club volunteers not only ensure that public carparks are clean, and will report on any vandalism, maintenance issues or suspicious behavior, but also offer assistance and advice – ensuring a positive experience for all visitors. Patrolling for hours in the hot summer conditions, the club wanted to ensure that their own volunteers were well protected from the sun – and we were only too happy to help with the funds needed for Cancer Society Approved hats for their volunteers who regularly roll up their sleeves to help the community.

Lions are ordinary men, women and young people from all walks of life who are united in their desire to make a difference by contributing their time and talents to help other people.

Northwave Swim Club

Committed to giving swimmers the opportunity to enjoy their sport and reach their goals, the Northwave Swim Club approached us to assist them with pool lane hire fees over the summer period. This support means their swimmers can train six days per week under the guidance of two experienced coaches as they train for a series of local and national events.

A well established club, with experienced coaches, their swimmers have proven that you don’t have to move to a big city to be competitive at a high level.

2019 Funding Round 1 Recipients

Forget Me Not Adult Day Centre (Northland Disabled Charitable Trust)

The Centre provides a day care service for adults of all ages including those who are young with disabilities, the elderly and frail, those with memory loss, head injuries and/ or other disabilities. With a focus on inclusion and engagement, The centre strive to provide quality care that enhances the welfare not only of the clients but also of the carers and families and provide a range of activities for their clients to enjoy – including running regular art classes.  These classes encourage the development of fine motor skills, mental stimulation and a sense of achievement, and with so many wanting to develop their art skills we have provided additional art supplies to support this program.

Opuawhanga Tennis Inc

Opuawhanga Tennis Club is committed to providing a healthy and safe place for local families to exercise and meet and have been an integral part of the local community for over 80 years. They strive to make tennis accessible to all in their communities so rely on fundraising, donations and external funding to keep subs low. Their members have also worked hard on making grants stretch by volunteering their own time to reduce maintenance and labour costs. New nets were needed for their recently resurfaced tennis courts, and we were delighted to assist them with this.

Hukerenui School – Room 7 Quarry Arts Centre Excursion

When Jodie wanted to take her class on an artistic adventure and experience education outside of the classroom she approached We Can Help With That for funding. Knowing that the tools and equipment are not always available through school resources, that the course costs may be prohibitive for some parents, and being tactile sensitive herself she and her students put together a stunning proposal to attend The Quarry Arts Centre’s Art Discovers Program – a visual education program to inspire and educate the next generation of artists.  We were happy to see these students had a wonderful experience and opportunity to experience art and, learning from them and sharing skills.

Raurimu Avenue School

The Raurimu Avenue School were seeking support for their Ohua ki Raurimu festival – an annual celebration of performing arts which involves invitational performance groups from Primary Schools within Whangārei.  A small school of only 75 students, they proudly host this non-competitive event which celebrates schools, whanau and communities and the performing arts – whilst giving students the opportunity to shine.  We Can Help With That provided funding for the equipment necessary to host and run this event.

Bike Northland

Bike Northland provide cycle skills training to school children around Whangārei . Their program is delivered free to schools, and while they receive funding to deliver the course, this does not cover the associated equipment needed. By providing funding to their program, We Can Help With That wish to ensure that all students have access to the equipment they need to learn how to ride ina fun and safe way – and hope these skills will promote confidence and healthy active lifestyles.

Bream Bay Community Patrol

The Bream Bay Community Patrol approached us to provide a simple upgrade to vital safety equipment needed to control traffic at road accident scenes and provide safety for passing motorists which we purchased for them.

Coastguard Tutukaka 

Coastguard Tutukaka operate from Bream head to Whangaruru and out beyond the Poor Knights Islands which is is a growing destination for recreational water activities and they are experiencing increased demand from personal recreational craft requiring their services. Their team of volunteers pride themselves on providing a professional service, and they were last year recognised as Coastguard Northland’s Unit of the Year.  Their team were seeking a signage upgrade to provide higher visibility to water users and important emergency contact information – while acknowledging their employees, volunteers and other supporters who allow them to continue provide their core service, Saving Lives at Sea.  Despite receiving some national funding, a considerable amount of local funding is still required for their operations.

Whangārei Steam & Model Railway Club

The Whangārei Steam & Model Railway Club operates at Heritage Park, Maunu.  Incorporated in 1978 for the purpose of acquiring, preserving, and operating vintage steam and diesel trains for the education and enjoyment of club members and the general public, the railway operates monthly and on special occasions over its own 0.8 kilometer main track.  Operated throughout its existence by volunteers, who ensure the safe operation and maintenance of the railway, about 5000 hours of voluntary labour per year goes into the operation and maintenance of the railway.  While the railway has received funding for capital works projects they largely pay their way by charging the public for rides. Members are currently working to complete the restoration of their second 1924 tram – which involves the replacement of all woodwork and engine refurbishment. Needing tools to complete this work, as well as ongoing maintenance We Can Help With That has provided them funding for additional tools to ensure patrons will be able to enjoy and ride safely on restored heritage vehicles.

Whangārei Toy Library (Regent Community Trust)

Whangarei Community Toy Library provides an affordable toy lending service to Whangārei families. Over 200 families are active members with an average attendance of 25-30 families per day. The library makes it possible for every family to experience quality play though an up to date and extensive selection of toys and equipment. Wanting to ensure the safety of their staff, volunteers and patrons they approached We Can Help With That for funding to upgrade their signage and we were only too happy to help

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