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2 December 2016 News

The local funding landscape is changing - latest news from the Porirua Community Trust

There have been some big changes in recent times for funding for community groups in Porirua City. The low-down is that it really means a change to where funding can be sourced and it’s important that community groups get savvy and smart with their funding applications.

Grant funding

At the Porirua Community Trust we have teamed up with Trust House Foundation, which currently has two gaming venues within our boundaries, and we act as their Net Proceeds Committee recommending giving 100% back within Porirua and Tawa. We believe that these funds should, without exception, go back to benefitting the local community of source. Traditionally we have supported a wide range of causes including environment, welfare, arts, every sports club and every school – pre-school, primary and college –in the area. With changes to our funding base (and, disappointingly, several local gaming venues signing up with national societies) we are having to review our wide level of support to so many local causes. It is the sad reality of the environment we are now working in.

It’s important for local groups to understand the local money-go-round; the two local venues we work with (who are dedicated to supporting Porirua and Tawa, where 100% of their gaming proceeds flow back to the community) are The Ledge (at 1 Serlby Place) and Sports Bar 888 (in Tawa). They have been unflinching in their support of the Porirua Community Trust, and local groups, and we thank them for that. We would like to welcome more venues to join us, to ensure that 100% of funds go back locally, and are working hard to make that happen.

Our venue at The Ledge has had a major seismic upgrade and is reopening in early December – call in some time soon to see our newly refurbished (and safe) venue and show them some support!

NZCT, now with two venues in Porirua, currently gives over 80% back to amateur sport. Other venues in Porirua and Tawa are with the following gaming societies: Pelorus Trust, Pub Charity and First Sovereign Trust. Realistically, the big local clubs and organisations who have relied on the Porirua Community Trust (or the now defunct Mana Community Grants Foundation) for big chunks of their funding should now be spreading their net wider.

For sports clubs NZCT support sport and say they support local; they are certainly a good place to start. If your initiative is wider than Porirua City it might pay to look at some of the other big gaming societies, including Pelorus, Infinity and the Wellington Community Trust.

Scholarships

On another note we have been honoured to be able to offer a number of 3-year tertiary scholarships for each college in Porirua City, as well as scholarships for students at Whitireia for study in 2017 and beyond. We are supporting students across the board in from arts to computer science, law to health science, accounting to social work, trades and nursing – the sky really is the limit and we have been really impressed with our scholarship applicants, our city’s future is in good hands!

And thank you…

Finally, we thank you all for your support at the recent local body elections. We have said farewell to Sarah Dow and thank her for her years of service and we have a new Trustee on board in Deputy Mayor Izzy Ford. We have also recently appointed a new Trust Manager, Keryn Martin, who has an impressive background in Trust work and a real passion for Porirua City. Be assured that we are working hard for the best interests of the Porirua community. We would be happy to meet and chat with any local groups needing funding advice, please contact us and see further details on our website at www.poriruacommunitytrust.org.nz

Henry Smith, Litea Ah Hoi, Tim Sheppard, Eleanor Cater, John Burke and Izzy Ford
Trustees at the Porirua Community Trust

June 2016 News

It’s been quite a year, these past 12 months, at the Porirua Community Trust.

With the wind up of Mana Community Grants Foundation and the establishment of the net proceeds committee under Trust House Foundation (who took over the running of our gaming venues) it’s business as usual with the local distribution of funds, as the only net proceeds committee to guarantee that 100% of the funds raised locally go back into the local community. We’ve been working hard to keep these funds local and have been really disheartened by a change of societies for some local gaming venues with the funds being diverted elsewhere (most likely to larger centres in New Zealand). We firmly believe that gaming venues should support the people that support them and, over the coming months, we look forward to having discussions and welcoming new gaming venues to join us, where we can guarantee that funds will go back to the local community.

It’s local groups who make Porirua city great. Many of the groups we support support us in return and we really appreciate that mutually supportive culture the Porirua city nurtures so well. We recently received this great note from Mike Hall, from the Titahi Bay Marlins: "With Trust House Foundation support our Club has growing immensely with members and the resources we now have. It’s important to support local, it’s really made a difference to our club and we know this support wouldn’t be as available from some of the bigger Foundations. Trust House Foundation is now the society with the local knowledge so our club is supporting them and their venues.” Thanks Mike!

For the year ended 31 March 2016, as a net proceeds committee, we have recommended $1.86M in grants to 265 organisations. It’s been a big year! And we are really staggered with the range of initiatives happening within Porirua city, with a notable increase in welfare groups applying. There are big needs in our city but we are also a city with a big heart with so many volunteers and people willing to help out to community groups who are struggling.

At Trust Porirua we were delighted to again award 10 scholarships to Whitireia students based in Porirua city, as well as scholarships to each of Porirua’s six colleges. The heartwarming stories and letters we get back from scholarship recipients – many of whom could not attend their courses without the scholarship – give us real hope for the future of such bright Porirua people. Being able to make possible many opportunities that students might not otherwise have is a big driver of ours at the Trust.

We’ve also had to make some big calls on the investment properties we manage, in particular the building at Serlby Place which houses The Ledge and Red Rat Clothing. We are currently in the final planning stages of an immense seismic upgrade and improvement of this building which is at the heart of Porirua city. This upgrade, combined with the upcoming demolition of the public toilets opposite Countdown, will make this area of the CBD so much more appealing in the coming months – stay tuned we will keep you informed of developments!

We are no longer operating from an office in Mana, we are cloud-based and online and Lee Adamson, our long term Executive Officer, now runs a remote office. Application forms for Trust House can be accessed via our website www.poriruacommunitytrust.org.nz , or at The Ledge or at 888 Sports Bar in Tawa. If you would like to make an appointment to chat with any of our Trustees at any time, please call us on 233 6230 or email manager@trustporirua.co.nz.

Nga mihi nui

Henry Smith, Litea Ah Hoi, Tim Sheppard, Sarah Dow, Eleanor Cater and John Burke
Trustees Porirua Community Trust

July 2015 - Media Release

Changes at Mana Community Grants Foundation.

The Mana Community Grants Foundation (MCGF) has operated as a Gaming Society since 2002. Over the many years it has distributed millions of dollars back into the Porirua community, to a wide range of organisations benefitting our community. This financial year alone it has distributed $2,385,472 and it is essential to so many local organisations that this community benefit continues.

With this in mind the Trustees of MCGF have decided on changes in how they will operate to ensure long term sustainability of funding and that all profits generated at gaming venues remain in the community.

After considerable deliberations and reflection by the MCGF Trustees they have made the bold decision to cease operating as a class IV gaming society. The operations of MCGF have been managed by Trust House Ltd for the last 12 months and the decision was made to stay with Trust House for familiarity and a smooth transition. The process of the sale of assets and the transfer of those venues wishing to transfer to Trust House Foundation (THF) will be completed over the coming months.

There are 6 publicly elected Trustees to the Porirua Community Trust (PCT). Litea Ah Hoi is Chair and the other Trustees are Sarah Dow, Tim Sheppard, Henry Smith, Eleanor Cater and John Burke. These same 6 trustees will now make up the Regional Net Proceeds Committee (RNPC) for Trust House Foundation.

The committee will operate under the Porirua Community Trust banner and will make recommendations for the distribution of funds from venues which are operated by THF. Litea Ah Hoi, as a PCT trustee, will be the representative of the Porirua committee on the THF board.

Litea Ah Hoi said, “This decision will ensure that the significant financial benefits that Mana Community Grants Foundation have awarded to the community in the past will remain in place for many more years to come, without the capital expenditure, operational expenditure and overheads. It is a courageous and a futuristic overview decision by Trustees that will ensure the continued enhancement of community wellbeing remains our primary objective.”

Whilst some of the original outlets from the MCGF family decided not to transfer to THF, The Ledge, Metropolitan and 888 Sports Bar & Restaurant in Tawa have joined. The Trustees are confident that having these particular venues will ensure that proceeds of a similar value remain within the community.

Allan Pollard, CEO of Trust House, stated that “he is delighted to welcome the communities of Porirua and Tawa to the Trust House family and he looks forward to working with the Trustees of the local RNPC to ensure that community wellbeing is at the forefront of everything that we do”.

Litea Ah Hoi said, “We are very pleased to be working with the Trust House Foundation. Trustees are reassured that this changeover will ensure that funds raised in this community, will remain in this community. In effect, for our community, nothing will change other than the name. Our community will still access funding, and along with the THF board, we will still be distributing similar funds back into the community”.

Officially the changes occurred as at 30 June 2015, but it will take up to three months for MCGF to officially wind-up its distribution processes, with the first Porirua RNPC meeting expected to take place by September.

March 2015

Record grants awarded from Mana Community Grants Foundation. Local community groups have had a windfall after a very solid performance from the funds at Mana Community Grants Foundation.

Chairperson Litea Ah Hoi said was quite special to be able to award so much – close to $1 million – in this funding round to local groups after a year or two of scraping support together. “From careful management we have found ourselves in a position with some excess funds so could get some really exciting community initiatives off the ground, including a covered outdoor stage at Aotea Lagoon and funding a ‘Writer’s Walk’ in Porirua, to be made up of inscribed granite stone, celebrating the best of our poets and writers.”

Other organisations to benefit include wide range of sports clubs, welfare and health agencies. Carevets Charitable Foundation Trust were awarded $50,000 to go towards desexing programmes of cats and dogs in Porirua city, keeping the local population of animals healthy and under control.

The Porirua Foundation were granted $30,000 to go towards assisting families in real need with school stationery requirements and supporting the Shine Literacy Project which helps children with learning challenges. The Wesley Wellington Mission were supported in their Food Co-op initiative, which supplies cheap fruit and vegetables to low income families.

With the funds approved for them, the Wellington Free Ambulance service are now able to purchase two new vehicles to assist in emergencies while the Porirua RSA was allocated funding towards an exhibition on Gallipoli at Pataka.

“The range of causes we get to consider is very humbling; it really is an honour to be considering such worthy applications” said Ms Ah Hoi of herself and her fellow Trustees Sarah Dow, Eleanor Cater, Tim Sheppard, Henry Smith and John Burke.

The Mana Community Grants Foundation receives its income from gaming machine revenue across five sites in Porirua city and Tawa. The Foundation has a policy that 100% of the proceeds go back to the community of source – back to the Porirua and Tawa areas. They do not however decide on the number of gaming machines in Porirua city or Tawa, that decision sits with the local Councils.

The next grants round closes on Thursday, 30 April with decisions made by Trustees in May. For more information go to www.mcgf.co.nz

December 2014

Over the past month it’s been our honour to interview many talented college students and award five Trust Porirua tertiary scholarships to youth heading off to tertiary education. The standard of scholarship applications has been very high and has left us all assured and impressed with the talent and vision of our young leaders. The future of Porirua City is in great hands if the calibre of these applicants is anything to go by.


4 out of the 5 Trust Porirua Scholarship recipients for 2014 (each receives $3,000 for three years to go towards the cost of their tertiary studies). (left-right): July Seng N-Hkum from Bishop Viard College, Kapeteni Polutea from Porirua College, Thuy-Duong Le from Mana College and Mua Josephine Luatua-Solofa from Aotea College. Absent: Nopera Dennis-McCarthy from Samuel Marsden College

We are also in the process of selecting ten Trust Porirua scholarship recipients from Whitireia Polytechnic with announcements due on this shortly.

At the Mana Community Grants Foundation we were pleased to award around $250,000 to 37 local organisations in our November grants round. There are some terrific initiatives happening in an around Porirua City, and some passionate community groups, all very deserving of funding (in this one grants round alone we have supported sports clubs, welfare agencies, cultural groups and education initiatives.) If you have a community group in need of extra funds check out our website at www.poriruacommunitytrust.org.nz for further information and to download an application form or drop into our offices at Bridgepoint in Mana to pick one up (please note that the next grants round closes on 27 February 2014.)

Our vision for 2015 and beyond is to grow these funds so we have more to award back into the community. This we aim to do through wise investments, careful asset management and growing our venue base. We must stress however that more venues under our umbrella doesn’t mean more gaming machines in Porirua City, what it does mean is that we can ensure that funds which come from this community return directly to it. We see that as very important.

There are some structural changes we are investigating to ensure that we meet Department of Internal Affairs legislative requirements and 2015 may be a time of structural change for the Trust. So Porirua City, watch this space, we will be continuing to report to you throughout the course of 2015 and updating you on any developments.

We extend our thanks to the Kapi-Mana News for their ongoing support and their coverage of the Porirua Sports Awards and we are looking forward to working with them in celebrating our sporting achievements of 2015.

Check out our new and developing website at www.poriruacommunitytrust.org.nz and follow us on Facebook (‘Porirua Community Trust’) for the latest news. We wish you a happy and healthy Christmas and we will be working our hardest to ensure that 2015 is a prosperous year for our great little city in its 50th anniversary year.

La manuia le Kerisimasi ma le Tausaga Fou

Henry Smith, Litea Ah Hoi, Tim Sheppard, Sarah Dow, Eleanor Cater and John Burke – Trustees, Porirua Community Trust (encompassing the charities of Mana Community Grants Foundation and Trust Porirua).

August 2014

At Mana Community Grants Foundation we recognise that education is extremely important for both our children and our young city’s future. Trustees place such a high priority on the education of our children, they give education its own funding round.

Every year we extend funds to all schools in our area starting with preschools (including Kohanga Reo’s, Aoga Amata, Te Kura Kaupapa) through primary, intermediate and secondary schools. This year we are providing $360,000 of funding to support 72 schools in the Porirua and Tawa areas. Our focus is on helping to fund those projects that fall outside of the Education Curriculum as well as projects that schools struggle to find money for - for example, sports uniforms, sunshades, equipment and technology.

Applications this year have been strong on technology (we have had many requests for funding for iPads, tablets and laptops), illustrating our young city’s learning institutions are keeping up with the latest in developments. It is encouraging to see and we are proud to be a part of helping to extend our children’s knowledge and instil a love of technology-based learning.

Also at Mana Community Grants Foundation, we have been reviewing our management practises so that we can better serve the needs of our community and to ensure that we meet significant statutory requirements. We have just this month taken on a new management contract with Trust House Limited, who have wide experience in managing Trusts across the lower North Island. Their expertise and the economies of scale that they will bring to our operations will assist us in returning maximum funds back to the local community. Rest assured that Lee Adamson, our former Executive Officer, remains with us managing our office in Mana, so it remains business as usual with the same warm greetings each and every time you visit.

We are currently upgrading our website so that information on the Trusts we manage will be more easily available – check out our newly launched website at www.poriruacommunitytrust.org.nz (still a little work in progress but we are getting there!) From here you can see some of the stories of the great community groups we support and be able to access funding application information.

We remain dedicated to increasing our income stream so that we can return more to the community that we work for. It is on the up and the future looks bright Porirua City!

Arohanui

Litea Ah Hoi
Chair
Mana Community Grants Foundation (part of the Porirua Community Trust group)

April 2014

Exciting times at the Porirua Community Trust as we launch our new website and social media presence, all aimed at connecting and communicating better with our local communities.

It’s work in progress still but we have launched – check us out at www.porirucommunitytrust.org.nz - primarily so that we can encourage, for the first time, online nominations for the Porirua Sports Awards. If there is someone you or your club would like to nominate do not hesitate, do it now! Nominations will be accepted all year round, with decisions on finalists made in September. The Awards evening for 2014 will be held on 13 November at Te Rauparaha Arena.

We are delighted this year to be working closely with our local newspaper, the Kapi Mana News, as a major partner for this year’s sports awards. You will hear more about the Awards, more about the nominations and more great stories through the newspaper and our website.

Our latest Mana Community Grants Foundation round saw us distribute $337,000 to 45 local organisations, supporting many sports clubs, performing arts and social clubs as well as welfare organisations from food banks through to those who care for the most vulnerable in our community.

Through Trust Porirua we recently awarded ten tertiary scholarships to tradespeople at Whitireia Polytechnic, including electrical and auto engineering and carpentry certificates. It’s satisfying to see and to hear the stories of contributions that are really making a difference (you can read some of these stories on our new website with more being added over time – come back and visit us often!)

We’ve also been assessing our structure and strategic plans for the coming 3 years. Planning for the future is important, as is meeting statutory obligations and it’s important that we spend quite some time assessing current roles and responsibilities so that we can best meet the needs of our communities in the years to come.

Increasing gaming revenue is challenging in the current environment but we remain committed to ensuring that we increase the amount of money that is channelled back into the local community. While we do not support more gaming machines in Porirua City, what we do support is that the money returns to the source and is used wisely to minimise gambling harm.

Lots more to report over the coming months, we would like to keep in touch so please ‘like’ our new Facebook page ‘Porirua Community Trust’ and have a browse through our website at www.poriruacommunitytrust.org.nz. See you there.

Henry Smith, Litea Ah Hoi, Tim Sheppard, Sarah Dow, Eleanor Cater and John Burke - Trustees, Porirua Community Trust (encompassing the charities of Trust Porirua and Mana Community Grants Foundation).

From the Chair - January 2014

Well it’s been a busy time at the Porirua Community Trust since the local body elections in October. We have two new Trustees – myself and Eleanor Cater – who have been learning the ropes and what it takes to manage assets and funds wisely.

The current team of six Trustees – Litea Ah Hoi, Tim Sheppard, Sarah Dow, John Burke, Eleanor Cater and myself – are a great mix of people from the wide demographics of Porirua. That’s what makes our city so great and it’s good to see this diversity reflected in the Trustee group representing us all. We make a great team.

So, what’s been happening?

We have recently awarded eight Trust Porirua tertiary scholarships to 5 Colleges after thoughtful consideration of over 30 applications. The standard of applicants was very high and I think left us all assured and impressed with the talent and vision of our young leaders. The future of Porirua City is in great hands if the calibre of these applicants is anything to go by.

We have also just distributed around $300,000 in our November grants round through Mana Community Grants Foundation and once again were left wishing we had millions more in the pot to award! There are some terrific initiatives happening in an around Porirua City, and some passionate community groups, all very deserving of funding. If you have a community group in need of extra funds drop into our offices at Bridgepoint in Mana to see if you are eligible and to collect an application form (or download one from our website www.mcgf.co.nz - please note that the next grants round closes on 28 February 2014.)

Our vision for 2014 and beyond is to grow these funds so we have more to put back into the community. This we aim to do through wise investments, careful asset management and growing our venue base. More venues under our umbrella doesn’t mean more pokie machines in Porirua City, what it does mean is that we can ensure that funds which come from the community in which they are generated are returned directly to it. We see that as very important.

We also want to improve our communications and reporting back to you. This column is a great start but we have plenty more plans in the pipeline including improving our web and social media presence and becoming much more accessible and transparent to you, our community.

So Porirua City, watch this space, we will be regularly reporting to you throughout the course of 2014 and updating you on developments, and our thanks to local newspaper the Kapi Mana News for assisting with this. We assure you we will be working our hardest to ensure that 2014 is a prosperous year for our great little city of Porirua.



Henry Smith
Chairman
Porirua Community Trust
(encompassing the charities of Mana Community Grants Foundation and Trust Porirua)