Watch our videos to see the high-impact projects we fund and the positive work happening in our Waikato communities.
Wāhine toa - women in leadership
This video showcases the incredible community efforts that went into supporting and keeping communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic which reached New Zealand in 2020. In particular women who rose to the challenge in the Waikato region, to lead people with compassion, conviction and wisdom.
The Rauhī Project - empowering children through music
The Rauhī Project is a charitable organisation, that empowers children through music, helping them realise and develop their full potential, whatever that may be. Their mission is to use music as a tool to create social change in less advantageous communities, helping to nurture a new generation of New Zealanders who are generous, brave, innovative and resilient.
Trust Waikato 2020
At the Trust Waikato APM each year, our goal is to celebrate and honour the work of local community groups who connect and work so hard to create transformative results for our people. The year ended 31 March 2020 has been no different and we are utterly humbled by the dedication, mahi and the absolute aroha that goes into supporting those who need some more awhi to get through <3. This video is a small snapshot of the incredible people we get to meet and work with and we thank you with all our hearts for what you all do. The past year has been full of challenges on a local and global scale, and as we continue to navigate these uncertain times, this video is a reminder of the resilience, cooperation and collaboration that takes place across the Waikato. Kia kaha tonu. Kai toa tonu. Kia manawanui tonu. Let us continue to be brave, strong and leading with our hearts. Arohanui ki a koutou, ngaa taangata o Waikato.
Kotahitanga through Creativity
Creative Waikato have launched a campaign "Kotahitanga through Creativity". Waikato artists are championing the fight for unity through works of art that speak powerful messages of hurt, sorrow, hope and strength. The creative works aim to spark crucial conversations against racism and fuel the narrative for kotahitanga. See the artists and artworks here: www.kotahitangagallery.nz
Poutiria te Aroha - Parenting with love
Poutiria te Aroha offers a parenting programme that resonates with whānau Māori. Their programmes draw on Māori cultural values and tikanga for raising tamariki, along with the traditions of nonviolence, evident in the philosophy of peaceful resistance in Aotearoa (e.g. at Parihaka) and overseas. Watch this video to see the tranformative effect that both the teachers and akonga (students) experience in their programmes.
Waikato River Trails
The Waikato River Trails are in the heart of the South Waikato and extend for 103km along New Zealand’s longest river. The feasibility studies, which Trust Waikato gave a grant towards, have resulted in two exciting projects to extend these trails. We are proud to support this project which aims to increase resilience in rural and small communities.
Trust Waikato Measuring Impact Highlights
Trust Waikato hosted a community event, Measuring and Leveraging Impact on May 4 2018. At this event, two international key note speakers, Michael Weinstein and Aunnie Patton-Power shared their knowledge on how to measure real and sustained impact for communities. This video shares some of the highlights from the day.
Trust Waikato new building open
The new Trust Waikato building at 4 Little London Lane is now open. It features offices on the top floor, purpose-built meeting rooms and flexible spaces on the ground floor. The overall impact on our community will be enhanced coordination, more connected people and a more positive community impact. The ground floor includes meeting rooms which community groups can book for free at www.trustwaikato.co.nz/resources. An holistic approach has been taken in the design of the new two story building which acknowledges and integrates cultural, historical and contemporary architecture. Trust Waikato has thoughtfully considered the heritage aspects of the site in terms of Trust House and the surrounding gardens. Design company Chow Hill Architects Ltd has fully integrated the design and flow of the new building with the gardens and Trust House, which are now more open and inviting to the public. The building faces South East across the Trust Waikato grounds and overlooks areas of important cultural significance. The new building has been designed to take in the natural beauty of the area and the poles at the front of the building symbolise the bends in the Waikato River and the taniwha at each bend. The upper floor houses Trust Waikato staff in an open-plan environment.