About Us


What we do

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.

To find out more, read our news stories, or check out what we fund and past donation recipients.

Our vision

Resilient and vibrant Waikato communities

Ko tō mātou moemoea kia tipu, kia hua ngā hāpori

Our mission

Invest wisely, donate effectively

Me whakatupu pai ngā rawa, kia pai ake te tohatoha

Our region

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.

Where We Came From

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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Rongo Kirkwood

Pouhere Pūtea / Donations Advisor

Imelda Devaney

Business Services Manager

Sue Ratcliffe

Finance and Investment Officer

Nita McNeil

Database and Information Manager

Molly Allen

Molly joined the Trust Waikato team in June 2017 and has loved the change to the not-for-profit sector.


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.

Long-term sponsorships

At present, we have several long-term naming-rights sponsorships in our region:

  • Trust Waikato Surf Life Saving Clubs
  • Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra
  • Trust Waikato Hamilton City Netball Centre
  • Trust Waikato Community Pool – Taumarunui.

Trust Waikato Art and Taonga Collection 

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

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