Our vision as a community funder is for the south to thrive.
Our strategic vision provides the framework which Trustees use to make their granting decisions and outlines the direction the Trust takes for investing in our community.
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, hapū, whānau and Māori 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 VALUES | Ngā Mātāpono
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.
We will demonstrate our integrity by being impartial, transparent, honest, authentic, fair and by having sound ethics.
We will work together with our community and build relationships through shared experiences. We will be accessible, inclusive, friendly, available and connected.
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.
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.
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.
STRATEGY REVIEW 2023
We have achieved a lot together with our communities and partners since our current strategy was developed in 2015. However, significant events have led to unparalleled change in the last 8 years.
As a community trust we have a responsibility to invest and support communities in ways that will most contribute to enabling the South to thrive.
We want our investments in community to continue to be impactful, not only now but into the future, delivering long-lasting benefits for our communities.
Over the next few months, we will be undertaking a strategic review.
To inform our future strategy we will be out and about hearing from the diverse communities across the South, from Rakiura/Stewart Island to Whakatipu, Fiordland to West Otago and all the communities in between.
We hope to learn more about the needs and aspirations for communities and the South. We are also undertaking:
This will help us determine our future priorities so that we can continue to best support the needs and aspirations of communities in the South.
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
Addressing issues of inequality that present barriers to learning and participating
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
Second chance education
Recently we completed a refresh of our Toi Ahurea/Arts, Heritage and Culture Pou and it reinforced for us the importance of recognising that toi ahurea/arts, heritage, and culture, in all its diverse forms, is integral to our community, helping to define who we are, contributing to our wellbeing, our sense of identity, our economy and our vision for a Thriving South. From korero and engagement with Mana Whenua and a wide range of stakeholders we heard about the sector's strengths and challenges, and their priorities for our funding of toi ahurea/arts, heritage and culture. What we learned has shaped our thinking, our strategy and our refreshed Pou priorities which are outlined below.
You can find our more about the refresh, the outcomes and impact we hope to achieve through our investment in toi ahurea/arts, heritage and culture, and some of the proactive opportunities we are working on as a result of the refresh.
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
Supporting communities to identify their ideas, assets, capabilities, resources and opportunities – focusing on community-led development approaches, developing volunteers and community leaders
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
Supporting infrastructure projects that provide a platform for economic activity
Supporting social enterprise that contributes to one or more of our priorities