A timely launch for Te Awa

A timely launch for Te Awa

Stacey Scott, Chair CFNZ

Stacey Scott
Community Foundations of New Zealand
2 April 2019


This week Sir Stephen Tindall will launch New Zealand’s seventeenth community foundation, this one working for the benefit of the Horizons region (encompassing Palmerston North, Manawatu, Rangitikei, Tararua, Horowhenua, Whanganui and Ruapehu).

Sir Stephen Tindall

The new Te Awa Community Foundation will cover a vast area and it will have big potential for harnessing the region’s generosity in a meaningful way.

With this launch every single person in the North Island will have access to give to their community through a local community foundation, leaving us with just a few pockets in the South Island still to join us.

Across the country we are seeing how Community Foundations can act as a crucial link between local generosity and community needs.   It’s a timely launch as New Zealand gets set to experience the biggest intergenerational wealth transfer that the world has ever seen, from the baby boomer generation to the next. Community Foundations are well placed to help steer some of this wealth towards community transformation and making our world a better place.

The inaugural Te Awa Board, led by Chair and local Clive Pedley, has come together with a view to develop and build an organisation that will support and positively impact communities throughout the region.  Trusteeships are voluntary, which is a cornerstone feature of Community Foundations. They will be supported, in due course, by local committees and key advisory boards to ensure a genuine whole of region approach.

Te Awa Community Foundation will occupy a special niche between other local funders, local generosity and community causes. They will be a crucial local connector between all of these things and will drive wider community collaboration.

Welcome Te Awa Community Foundation and thank you The Tindall Foundation for your ongoing support. We are looking forward to helping Te Awa to become a terrific success for the region.


See our Facebook page for further photos on the launch event this week