Funding given to community projects across New Zealand get a funding boost

26 October 2017

Community projects have been given a $447,347 boost from the latest round of funding from Transpower’s CommunityCare Fund. 

Transpower’s Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Geoff Wishart says it is important for Transpower to support community initiatives as part of the company’s values.

“We are pleased to support these not for profit community groups around the country with some financial assistance,” he said.  “Projects supported by the CommunityCare Fund are diverse to reflect individual communities’ needs, but they tend to have more of an environmental or social wellbeing focus.”

The CommunityCare Fund has two funding rounds per year. In the latest round of funding the CommunityCare Fund assisted 18 community organisations, including:


Projects over $10,000

  • East Tamaki Primary School – $40,000 for playground safety matting.
  • Te Hohao Kohungahunga, Te Kaohao Heath Limited - $33,432 for weather protection.
  • Common Unity Project Aotearoa - $38,000 for a community kitchen.
  • Freyberg Community School - $32,563 to reline and refurbish the swimming pool.
  • Food Resilience Network - $50,000 to build Christchurch’s first edible garden park and local food community centre. 
  • Lake Rotoiti Scenic Reserve Board - $30,000 to replace a viewing platform at Te Rakau tipua o Henehopu.
  • Greenhithe Community Trust - $45,000 for predator control of Hellyers Escarpment.
  • Orini Hall - $25,381 to upgrade toilet and changing facilities.
  • Mackenzie Basin Wilding Tree Charitable Trust - $50,000 for wilding conifer control work around Transpower assets.
  • Community Networking Trust - $25,000 to replace the roof on the Community Connections Centre
  • Eventing Southland - $20,000 towards construction of a cross country course.
  • Bainesse School - $50,000 towards upgrading the school hall
  • Te Taitoa Maori o Te Awahou Trust - $12,000 to buy furniture.


Projects under $10,000

  • Taupiri Youth Group - $5,000 to restore the Taupiri Mountain Walkway.
  • Tauhara Primary School - $10,000 to purchase a literacy programme for new entrant pupils.
  • Ongarue School - $5,000 towards a new playground
  • Adult Literacy Rural Trust - $5,171 to buys literacy software and a heatpump.


The CommunityCare Fund was established in 2007 to assist communities affected by Transpower’s projects and assets, with projects that add real value and benefit to communities. It has two funding rounds per year, in January and July, the next funding round closes 31 January 2018, with expressions of interest required by the end of this month.

Visit for information on how to apply for Transpower’s CommunityCare Fund.


For further information, please contact:

Geoff Wishart, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, 04 590 6993, 021 574877