Grant Recipient History


The recipient of this year’s Community Grant is Leg-Up Trust. The Leg-Up Trust reaches out to disadvantaged youth who suffer social, behavioural or emotional problems by teaching them how to engage and communicate with horses. These young people have been put in the ‘too hard’ basket and Leg-Up Trust gives them a second chance in life: increased confidence, life skills and something to get up for in the morning. These young people have often been through incredibly difficult times; some have suffered abuse, are at risk of suicide or are young offenders. Leg-Up provides strong and clear boundaries so that the young people develop a sense of right and wrong and learn to focus on positive attributes.


The recipient of this year’s Community Grant is Life Education Trust Hawkes Bay. The Trust was formed in 1993 and operates in Hawkes Bay. Its aim is to enhance the quality of children’s lives by educating and empowering children to make healthy decisions so they can live life to the fullest. They will use the $20,000 grant to upgrade their mobile classroom to the latest technology. The existing technology was designed in 2003 and is now obsolete. They estimate the technology upgrade will last for 10 years and reach 32,000 children.


In August 2014 it was our pleasure to present Andy White, the General Manager of Hohepa Hawke’s Bay with a Grant of $20,000. The aim of Hohepa is to support people with intellectual disabilities to develop to their fullest potential, following the principles and teachings of Rudolf Steiner, whose approach to human psychology and education began from his understanding that in every human being, whatever their apparent impairment, there is a spiritual individuality at work, creating its own destiny. Hohepa fulfill a critical need providing a unique opportunity in NZ.


The Art-x $20,000 Community Grant for 2013 was awarded to the Greendale Swim Club. In 1957 the Club was set up for the students at Taradale Primary School. The Club has two main goals – the teaching of children to swim and the coaching of successful competition swimmers. The Club has a membership of in excess of 230 swimmers in both Learn to Swim and Competitive Squad Groups. It is also used by Taradale Primary, Intermediate and High Schools, adult and public swimming groups as well as canoe polo teams. In recent years they have been successful in winning many National Junior and Age Group titles as well as gaining two National records. The most successful swimmer won a silver medal at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. These funds will help them carry out maintenance and improvements to the facility held over by lack of finance.


The Grant of $20,000 went to the Napier Repertory Players. They were formed in 1933 to provide the Hawkes Bay area with live theatre to give some respite in the aftermath of the destructive 1931 earthquake. The theatre in McGrath Street was purchased in 1962 giving the Players a permanent home. The aim of the theatre is to provide live entertainment for the local people while developing people skills in their 75 members and their families. The facilities were badly in need of an upgrade and using voluntary labour there has been a great improvement.


Sailability Hawkes Bay, formed in 2010, has grown to a group of over 30 sailor volunteers under the Chairmanship of Katy Kenah. Since getting their first 2 boats, over 200 people have been able to experience the freedom of sailing through Sailability HB (130 of these are sailors with a disability).

The $20,000 has been used to buy an Access Liberty Class dinghy which is fitted with servo assisted controls that enables those with severe physical disabilities to sail independently. This brings their fleet to four sailing dinghies. Others are encouraged to join their 30 “regular” sailors with disability.


The 2010 Grant of $20,000 went to help an ambitious programme for the Scout Association’s Weka Point at Rissington. They were involved building a bridge across to their campsite and our Grant was used to construct an accommodation hut which is named the Rotary Club of Greenmeadows Hut.


In 2009, the Grant of $20,000 went to the Rainbow Umbrella Charitable Trust. This Trust was established to provide an After School Care Programme for children with disabilities, both physical and intellectual. The children are taken care of after school and this is the only programme in Hawke’s Bay that caters for these children. The life of children with significant disabilities presents huge challenges and pressures, for both the child and their families. The grant was used to purchase a small mini bus to collect children and return them home.


The Hawke’s Bay Air Ambulance received a grant in 2008 of $20,000. This was used to purchase patient lifters as the patient stretcher has to be hoisted to the level of the narrow access door at the rear of the aircraft. With some patients over 150kg, this was a daunting job lifting an unwell or injured patient into the aircraft. The service now has lifts based at Napier, Wairoa and the Chatham Islands.


In 2007 the Art Grant of $25,000 went to the Napier Branch of Riding for the Disabled. Again, a volunteer group helping disabled children. The money was used to modernise an old hall that they had been gifted. The hall was modified so that it could be used for teaching courses for volunteer instructors and helpers from all over New Zealand, as well as their own use and was fitted out with a good kitchen and toilets. It also gave room for the EIT equine course classes lectures.


The Napier Community Patrol was formed in 2006 and received a Grant that year of $25,000 which was used to purchase two cars for patrolling the city and suburbs. The effect of the Grant was the complete opposite to the previous year with the cars being well used, all by volunteers, seven days a week, to the benefit of Napier citizens. Police figures show an appreciable decline in small case crime since the patrol started.


In 2005 the Rotary Pathway Trust received a second Grant of $25,000.


The Hawke’s Bay Cultural Trust received $25,000 in 2004 for a project to publicise the vast collection of early Napier photographs that are held by the Napier Museum. The plan was to have computer stations where the public could access the collection and purchase the photographs on line. Time was spent putting the photos in digital form but unfortunately there was negligible opportunity for the public.


In 2003 the Rotary Pathway Trust were awarded the Grant of $25,000. The Trust was established in 2002 to create combined cycleways and walkways around Napier and the suburbs. Pathway funding sources have included Napiers’ Rotary Clubs, the Napier City Council, Charitable Trusts, private donations, Transit New Zealand and Port of Napier Ltd. The original concept has snowballed and, over time, the Hastings and Napier districts now have over 180 Km of pathways including the riverbanks with plans to extend them further. The pathways are very popular and are well used by the public.


Taradale Junior Cricket received $20,000 in 2002. The Cricket Club caters for boys under 13, under 15 and under 17, from all the Taradale schools and the money provided new equipment including practice nets for a wide range of young people.


In 2001, Birthright’s Magic House was the recipient of the $20,000 Grant. Birthright has a refuge for boys age 12-17 years who have needed the specialised care of Birthright for various reasons. The money was used to provide more accommodation with two bedroom dormitories with bathroom facilities.


In 2000, the Grant of $20,000 went to the Faraday Centre; a Museum of early machinery and implements in Napier and the money was used to establish two classrooms. These were used for local schoolchildren to study the working exhibits of the machinery used by the early settlers.