Welcome Wakatipu Community Foundation
“He aha te mea nui o te ao
– What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
– It is the people, it is the people, it is the people”.
We are immensely proud to be involved in the launch this week of New Zealand’s newest community foundation – Wakatipu Community Foundation, based in Queenstown. The Wakatipu basin have identified a gap in their community, the need for a vehicle to channel the region’s generosity in a strategic way – both individual and through business. They are seeing the magic that is happening across New Zealand in communities such as Northland, the Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Taranaki and Ashburton (to name a few) and want their community to be a part of that magic, that spark that begins with generous people in communities wanting to give to local causes and initiatives, and being able to do so in an effective and impactful way.
It’s also fitting that Sir Stephen Tindall will be at the launch in Queenstown. Sir Stephen, widely known for his community spirit and philanthropic endeavours, has been the driving force behind the growth of community foundations in New Zealand. He recognised their immense success overseas, particularly in the USA and Canada, and that community foundations had the potential to be changemakers in communities here. Through the Tindall Foundation Sir Stephen backed community foundation establishments in the early days (starting with the Acorn Foundation in the Western Bay of Plenty) and has backed their growth ever since.
That is what we are all about at community foundations; we channel the generosity of thoughtful people to the causes that matter most in the community. It not only strengthens the community it empowers people within them to become instigators of change.
As we reflect on the immense energy and drive we see across New Zealand, changing communities by channeling resources to where it is needed most, we wish Wakatipu Community Foundation, and the people of the area, every success!