Our Strategic Vision

Our Vision

Our vision as a community funder is for the southern region to thrive. We protect and grow the community’s fund and engage in effective and innovative grant making. For over 30 years we have provided a helping hand to hundreds of people and communities in the south and plan to continue to support generations to come.

Underpinning all that we do is our commitment to the Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We are committed to working in partnership with iwi, hapu, whanau and Maori communities to support their aspirations.

Our aim is to get more people participating to enhance personal and community wellbeing.  We understand the unique needs of places and communities within our region and the need to collaborate and partner to achieve greater impact together.

Our four pou (pillars) are: 

  • Health, Wellbeing & Active Lifestyles
  • Education
  • Art, Heritage & Culture
  • Community Development & Community Economic Development
Our Values 
RESPECT/MANAAKITANGA

We will demonstrate our respect for our community by understanding the diversity of people and views.  We will show our respect and trust in the people we work alongside by being compassionate, sincere and loyal.

INTEGRITY/TIKANGA

We will demonstrate our integrity by being impartial, transparent, honest, authentic, fair and by having sound ethics.

APPROACHABLE/WHANAUNGATANGA

We will work together with our community and build relationships through shared experiences.  We will be accessible, inclusive, friendly, available and connected. 

PROACTIVE/TŪHONOHONO

We will keep an open mind and look forward to the future and support innovation so that our community can take the initiative and take advantage of opportunities.  We will recognise the intergenerational nature of the Trust. 

CONNECTED/KOTAHITANGA

We will be connected to our community by keeping it at the heart of all that we do.  We are committed to collaborating and working together in partnership with our community.

RESPONSIBLE/KAITIAKITANGA

We will demonstrate our responsibility by using our combined wisdom to be prudent, conscientious, diligent and socially responsible in our decision making to ensure appropriate guardianship of the Trust resources.  We will be accountable to our community.

 

 

Our Strategic Pillars

Health & Wellbeing

Working with communities to ensure people participate, are supported, empowered and cared for

 

Higher priority for at least next 6 months:

  •  Promoting people’s wellbeing through prevention and early intervention with a focus on support for; early years (prenatal to 4yrs), parenting, new migrants and youth

  • Supporting vulnerable people with a focus on support for; the early years (prenatal to 4 years), older persons, people with a disability, at-risk families and high-needs populations

  • Supporting appropriate access to services for rural communities

Medium priority for at least next 6 months:

  • Encouraging and supporting organisations to provide sustainable services through partnering, collaborating and the sharing of services presently delivered by a number of single focus organisations
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Active LIfestyles

Working with communities to ensure people participate, are supported, empowered and cared for

 

Higher priority for at least next 6 months:

  • Providing grassroots support for life-long active participation and engagement with a focus on support for; children (0-13 years), older persons, coaching and volunteering, inactive people and those experiencing barriers to participation

Medium priority for at least next 6 months:

  • Supporting appropriate and sustainable infrastructure (people, services and facilities) with a focus on; partnering and collaboration, consolidation/sharing of services and multi-use facilities

Lower priority for at least next 6 months:

  • Support elite sport with a focus on supporting the development of athletes, coaches and officials to excel and reach their potential, and sporting franchises operating within financially viable models
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Education

Working with communities to ensure every person has the opportunity to achieve their potential

 

Higher priority for at least next 6 months:

  • Addressing issues of inequality that present barriers to learning and participating

  • Second chance education

  • Preparation of students for life after schooling with a focus on support for; life skills and financial literacy, careers education, effective transitions/pathways and linkages between education and industry

Medium priority for at least next 6 months:

  • Supporting 0-5 year old children to have the best start with a focus on support for; engaging and supporting parents to be involved in their child’s learning and development, ensuring children are well prepared to succeed by the time they start school and providing support for identified vulnerable/at risk children

  • Raising the achievement of identified underachieving year 1-8 students

  • Students identified by their school as being at risk of disengaging

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Art, Heritage & Culture

Working with communities to ensure people participate, celebrate, and preserve our arts, heritage and culture

Higher priority for at least next 6 months:

  • Increase awareness of and access to active participation in artistic, cultural and heritage activities with a focus on support for; children and young people and people not currently participating

  • Supporting a range of local and touring artistic, cultural and heritage experiences with a focus on outreach that shares art, culture and heritage with the wider community

  • Celebrating and preserving the cultural diversity of our region with a focus on support for; preservation and development of te reo and tikanga and opportunities for the sharing and expression of all cultures

Medium priority for at least next 6 months:

  • Supporting emerging and established artists and arts practitioners to excel and reach their potential

Lower priority for at least next 6 months:

  • Celebrating and preserving the regions significant/unique heritage with a focus on support for; category 1 historic places, sites, structures or areas and telling the South’s unique stories
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Community Development

Working with communities to ensure they are connected, successful, resilient and dynamic

Higher priority for at least next 6 months:

  • Alignment with local and regional development strategies and community development priorities

  • Support communities to adapt and respond to their changing demographics, environment, community services and facility needs

  • Support communities to welcome and respond to our region’s increasingly diverse population

Medium priority for at least next 6 months:

  • Supporting communities to identify their ideas, assets, capabilities, resources and opportunities – focusing on community-led development approaches, developing volunteers and community leaders

  • Support communities to encourage community cohesion through opportunities that bring people together and provide a sense of belonging

Lower priority for at least next 6 months:

  • Support communities to access relevant data and information to enable well informed community conversations
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Community Economic Development

Working with communities to ensure they are connected, successful, resilient and dynamic

Higher priority for at least next 6 months:

  • Alignment with local or regional development strategies and economic priorities

  • Ensuring we maximise the potential of all our region’s population

  • Recognising and supporting the growth of Māori economic development and local investment opportunities

Lower priority for at least next 6 months:

  • Supporting infrastructure projects that provide a platform for economic activity

  • Supporting the start-up of destinational events that bring added net economic benefit to the region

  • Supporting social enterprise that contributes to one or more of our priorities

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