At Trust Waikato, we support the things that make our corner of the world a better place.
We provide grants to not-for-profit community groups and projects that improve the wellbeing of Waikato communities. We’re proud to be part of the work that they do.
The types of groups and projects we support is broad. We provide funding for social services, education, sport, recreation, youth, art, culture, history and the environment. We’re particularly interested in projects that target communities with the highest need.
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For us, it’s all about the Waikato. That’s where we’re based, where we come from, and where we focus our support.
Our funding area incorporates Thames–Coromandel, Hauraki, Matamata–Piako, Waipa, Waikato, South Waikato, Waitomo, Otorohanga and Ruapehu districts, as well as Hamilton city. It includes much of the lands of the Tainui waka, and the people of Waikato, Raukawa, Hauraki and Maniapoto iwi.
The Government established Trust Waikato by statute in 1988, to hold and manage the shares of Trust Bank Waikato. In 1996, we left banking and the shares were sold, with the proceeds of the sale invested.
Since then, we have managed those investments, using a portion of the profits each year to support community groups and projects throughout the Waikato region.
You can find out more about our activities and investments in our key documents.
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Sponsorship provides a great opportunity for Trust Waikato and sponsored groups to work together more closely.
We focus on sponsoring groups, facilities or events that help raise Trust Waikato’s profile in our region.
Our sponsorships differ from our donations, in that they create a distinct commercial obligation. In making sponsorship decisions, we are guided by our Sponsorship Policy, and allocate a small budget each year.
At present, we have several long-term naming-rights sponsorships in our region:
Trust Waikato has sponsored all nine surf lifesaving clubs in our region for over 15 years. We value the work they do to help keep our beaches safe and build water confidence for local families and holiday-makers.
Trust Waikato Hot Water Beach Lifeguard Service
Trust Waikato Onemana Surf Lifeguard Service
Trust Waikato Pauanui Surf Life Saving Club
Trust Waikato Raglan Surf Life Saving Club
Trust Waikato Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service
Trust Waikato Tairua Surf Life Saving Club
Trust Waikato Waihi Surf Lifesaving Club
Trust Waikato Whangamata Surf Lifesaving Club
Trust Waikato Whiritoa Surf Lifesaving Club
Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra (TWSO) is a community-based orchestra made up of musicians of all ages, from across the region. It performs several concerts a year, as well as offering a music education programme to primary schools. The orchestra is well-known for its wonderfully popular annual Sunset Symphony concert, held as part of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival. TWSO is well supported by Orchestras Central, an umbrella organisation for orchestral music.
The Trust began collecting art and taonga of significance to the Waikato region in 1999. In October 2015, the collection - now comprising over 260 pieces, was gifted to Hamilton City Council for the Waikato Museum.
Here is a short video clip taken at the gifting ceremony at Waikato Museum on 5 October 2015. (Credit: Rebekah Parsons-King / Stuff.co.nz)
You can also view the book Treasures of the Waikato, which includes all the art and taonga in the Trust Waikato collection.
The collection can be viewed online here.