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Community foundations  — like Taranaki Foundation — are local, independent and not-for-profit. They run a well proven model of place-based philanthropy which is growing in popularity world-wide. Taranaki Foundation is one of 17 community foundations across New Zealand and more than 1800 internationally.

Taranaki Foundation is about bringing people together to make a lasting difference in local communities throughout our region.

We do this by connecting generous local donors with the people, projects and charitable causes making a real difference in Taranaki.

An important point of difference is that the funding streams we create will last indefinitely. Our smarter funding model leaves capital to grow while the income it earns is used for granting. Because we protect your initial gift, it can continue to generate income for local causes indefinitely.

Taranaki Foundation currently manages nearly 3 million dollars of charitable donations. These are split into a variety of different Funds — each set up by a group or individual with a specific purpose.

Taranaki Foundation Funds are sorted into four categories: General Funds, Community Funds, Named Funds and Pass Through Funds. Every Fund is based on one of three models – Endowment, Pass Through or Combined.

If you have a bright idea for a project or initiative that could benefit our community now and in the future, we want to hear from you.

Get in touch with us now.

We are the foundation for your community. If you want to carry out a fundraiser for us or one of our Community Funds, get in touch with us now.

We can set up a specific fundraising campaign through our donation portal to help promote your campaign and manage the transactions.


All our open grant schemes are listed on our Apply for Funding page.

We currently have one funding round per year. The application process opens in August and closes end of September each year.  Applicants will be notified of the outcome in November. Find out more about applying for funding here.

Taranaki Foundation acts as The Tindall Foundation’s (TTF) Local Allocation Committee for Taranaki, distributing donations from $500 to $10,000 in our region to projects and initiatives that support The Tindall Foundation funding priorities.

TTF’s application process runs in parallel with Taranaki Foundations funding round, opening in August and closing at the end of September each year. Find out more about applying for funding from TTF here.

Yes – but your applications must either be for separate projects/reasons or for separate portions of your total funding requirements (i.e. If you need $5,000 you can make separate applications for $2,500 from both The Tindall Foundation and Taranaki Foundation, but you cannot apply for the full $5,000 from both funders).  You also need to complete separate applications for each foundation.

Taranaki Foundation was established in June 2016 (under our original name Te Karaka Foundation) and is currently securing and growing the assets that will fund great local causes in the future.  We do have a modest annual distribution programme. Find out more about applying for funding here.

Subject to investment returns, we aim to distribute 4 percent from each Named Fund as annual community grants in accordance with the charitable priorities as outlined in the donor Memorandum of Wishes.

A further 1 percent of the income is retained by Taranaki Foundation to cover our operating costs.

Any remaining income and capital growth is reinvested in order to grow each Fund — allowing them to continue in perpetuity.

Our Distributions Committee is made up of experts in charitable giving. They review grant applications, making annual distributions in line with the stated wishes of each Fund, or based on the needs of the community for non-designated Funds. We have a Distribution Policy which provides a robust framework for the committee to use when making granting decisions.

All positions on the Distribution Advisory Committee are voluntary and report to the Board of Trustees.

Our Trustees ensure Taranaki Foundation’s grant-making process is transparent and addresses the interests of applicants and the wishes of donors and funding partners.

Applications are reviewed and matched with available Funds by our staff and Distributions Committee members. If an application doesn’t match with any Fund’s criteria it is rejected.

Where there is a donor who wants to be involved in the decision-making process we ensure that they receive a shortlist of projects that match their Fund’s purpose and we take their wishes into consideration.

Our Distribution Committee meets in October to determine the successful applicants, and once the grants are ratified by the Taranaki Foundation Trustees, the decisions are announced.


You can donate to any existing Fund using our donation portal here.

If donating via your local branch or internet banking, please make your gift to:

Account Name:           Taranaki Foundation

Account Number:        15-3953-0804837-00

Reference:                   Name of the Fund you would like to support

Email us your contact details if you would like a donation receipt (to claim your tax credit).

If you want to donate in person or in a different way, contact us now to discuss options.

You can choose to set up your own Named Fund or to contribute to any existing General, Community or Named Fund whose focus best reflects the causes, groups and work you are most passionate about. Read more about establishing a Named Fund here or browse the existing Funds you can donate to here.

Any donation you make will be prudently invested by Taranaki Foundation and each year income earned will be distributed to the community according to the terms of the Fund you’ve chosen.  Your donation becomes part of the Fund’s capital and remains untouched – so your gift keeps on giving year after year after year.

If you want to donate in a different way, contact us now to discuss options.

By making your charitable giving via Taranaki Foundation your donation can go further and forever within the community you love. ​

Your donation can be invested and grown, with the income it generates funding local causes year on year. It’s a simple, effective and long-lasting way for your generosity to support our community’s needs and impact long-term change. ​

Better still, you can choose who benefits from your gift. Find out more here 

Setting up your own Named Fund is really easy. When you get in touch, we will meet with you to find out about you and your charitable aspirations. Taranaki Foundation is very much donor led, so we can tailor your Fund to reflect your values and priorities. Find out more about establishing your own Named Fund here.

You can choose to remain entirely anonymous, during your lifetime and after your death.

If you are creating a Named Fund then you decide what the Fund will be called and how much information about the people and story behind it is shared or not shared. Your wishes will be honoured forever.

We encourage you to create your Fund now and make contributions to it as you are able.

Once your Fund reaches $50,000 you will be able to direct grants to appropriate projects and charitable causes.

Alternatively, you may wish to contribute to the Taranaki Fund which has been established to to meet the current needs of the community. Or you can donate to an Established Community Fund like the Hospice Taranaki Fund, Taranaki Legacy Fund and Purangi Trust Fund.

Many of our donors already have relationships with specific charities that they want to continue. This is very easy — we simply “tag” your Named Fund with any charities you wish to support (and then make sure funding goes to them, as specified, each and every year). These tagged funds are managed by Taranaki Foundation and are held at arm’s length to the charity they benefit.

Charities and community groups love tagged donations because they know they can rely on the annual funding and plan accordingly. Also, because we (as opposed to the charity) have the capital on our books, the charity is usually not excluded from applying for funding from other sources.

If this occurs during your lifetime, we will work with you to nominate a new beneficiary for your Fund. If a charity ceases after your passing, Taranaki Foundation will endeavour to identify another organisation that operates within the same charitable purpose as the original beneficiary. Where this is not possible, Taranaki Foundation will allocate the income earned on these Funds to priority needs in the region through the General Taranaki Fund.

The vast majority of Taranaki Foundation’s Funds are based on the Named (Endowment) Fund model, where the capital is protected and grants are distributed only from the income generated.

However, you can opt to establish a Fund using the Pass-Through or Combined models. In these models either all or some of the original capital is distributed via grants. For example, with the Pass Through model, an individual could donate $50,000, to be paid out in $10,000 increments over a five-year period. With the Combined model they may choose to pay out half of the capital in  annual  distributions, protecting and growing the other half for future distributions.

You can learn more about the different Fund models Taranaki Foundation uses here.

Each Fund is monitored and accounted for individually however, to reduce risk and lessen administration costs, capital across all funds is combined and managed by Taranaki Foundation.

Taranaki Foundation’s investment portfolio is managed by Craigs Investment Partners, with supervision from our Investment Management Committee. Several other investments sit with other fund managers, providers and in assets outside the Craigs portfolio.

We have a Statement of Investment Policy and Objectives (SIPO) that outlines our investment strategy.

If you have an existing relationship with an investment/fund manager you are welcome to continue using their services given they meet the appropriate fiduciary requirements. We are open to working with all advisors in our community.

Taranaki Foundation directs 1 percent of the income earned on invested funds towards operating expenses.

Anyone establishing a Named Fund is encouraged to consider donating towards operating expenses. This can be in the form of a one-off donation when the Fund is established or a series of smaller donations over a fixed time period, or (in the case of donations that are bequeathed) a single donation when the gift is received by Taranaki Foundation.


You’re free to change your mind at any time.

You decide the places, causes or charities you wish to benefit from your generosity. You can change your distributions in the future, by updating your Memorandum of Wishes with the Foundation, without having to change your Will.

You can remove or re-add Taranaki Foundation to your Will by simply amending your Will through the ordinary avenues.

You don’t have to be specific. You can consider leaving a percentage of your estate, perhaps with a ceiling limit attached to it.

Often, we can’t give as generously as we would like during our lifetime. A gift in your Will can be the perfect way to make a difference, without impacting on your current financial needs.

Giving is all about your personal situation.  You can choose to:

  • Make a bequest in your Will for a specified amount.
  • Leave a percentage of your estate in your Will.
  • Give during your lifetime – you can decide to make small or large gifts over time.

Foundation staff can work with you to understand your wishes and provide the documentation your lawyer will require to include a gift in your Will.
Or you may choose to work directly with your professional advisor to make a bequest to the Taranaki Foundation in your Will.


Professional Advisors

  • Help your client create a permanent legacy by establishing a Named Fund.
  • Your client can support the local projects and causes they’re passionate about.
  • Donations can be made during your client’s lifetime — enabling them to see the results of their generosity (and benefit from tax credits now).
  • Alternatively, your clients can donate through their will or by a distribution from their Family Trust. Gifting by will and from a trust may create or add to existing endowments.
  • Your clients rely on your guidance to make important financial decisions. When it comes to charitable giving, we can partner with you to simplify their giving and amplify their impact.

Fund Categories

  • These are Funds that an individual, family, group or organisation can establish.
  • A Named Fund can be based on any of the three Fund models (Endowment, Pass Through or Combined).
  • Decisions about details including the name, model and beneficiaries are made by the people who establish each particular Named Fund.
  • Once an Named Fund reaches $50,000 then annual distributions are made using income generated from the untouched capital. Your fund capital is also expected to grow.
  • Read about some of the Named Funds that have already been established with Taranaki Foundation here.
  • Pass Through Funds are generally established by corporate or business organisations.
  • 100% of donations are distributed (pass through) to the community and a great way for an organisation to manage their community giving through the Foundation.
  • An operational contribution is required with all Pass Through Funds. This is a reflection of the partnership entered into and the time it takes to manage these Funds
  • Read about some of the Pass Through Funds that have already been established with Taranaki Foundation here.
  • These are existing Funds that community groups including schools, incorporated societies, and charities have set up with Taranaki Foundation.
  • Most of our Community Funds are Named Funds (see below), although it is possible to set up a Community Fund under a Pass Through or Combined model as well.
  • The community group that establishes a Fund sets the agenda and determines the groups and work that benefit from it.
  • Once established, anyone can donate any amount they choose to a Community Fund (provided they meet the criteria set out by the people who established it).
  • Community Funds automatically qualify to be part of our Workplace Giving scheme which encourages businesses and employees throughout the region to make regular contributions to the Funds managed by Taranaki Foundation. Find out more about Workplace Giving here. 
  • Find out more about the Established Community Funds you can donate to here.

General Funds:

  • We currently have two General Funds – the Taranaki Foundation Fund and the Taranaki Foundation Operational Fund.
  • The Taranaki Foundation Fund is a Named Fund (see below) and the Taranaki Foundation Operational Fund is to support our ongoing operational cost to run the Foundation. Anyone can donate any amount they wish to these funds.
  • Find out more about our Taranaki Foundation Fund and the Taranaki Foundation Operational Fund here.
  • These are Funds where a specified portion of the capital is “Passed Through” annually (i.e. is distributed as grants).
  • The remaining portion stays untouched, building the Fund’s capital.
  • Once the Fund reaches $50,000 annual grants are made using the income generated by this capital.

Destination Play

Play is essential for people of all ages and abilities.

Accessibility and inclusivity considerations have been considered and incorporated across the design elements including:

  • The inclusion of a Changing Places toilet, accessible and uni-sex toilets and changing facilities.
  • Mobility carparks, a new ramp access from the Coastal Walkway and a range of access points (steps, ramps).
  • Various hard and non-slip surfaces, accessible water play and better access to the natural reef.
  • There will also be accessible and inclusive play components and play opportunities.
  • Destination Play tells a rich cultural story of the local area and hapū. This has been built into the design across all aspects.
  • The design also incorporates the teaching curriculum into the play spaces to allow for schools to visit and use the various areas as outside classrooms.
  • A range of experiences and spaces will be included in the 12 conceptually themed zones – including: Shared social spaces, gender neutral spaces, free to use BBQs, quiet and active zones, sensory stimulation, and a coastal plant garden.

A blessing of the playground took place on Tuesday 19th March. The site will be prepared with temporary fencing closing off the playground on the 20th March.

The current playground will be removed on 21st March and the seawall adjacent to the playspace is also having some maintenance done at the same time. The car park will still be operational at this time.

The coastal walkway will be closed for safe equipment removal and for maintenance work to be carried out on the sea wall.

The main civil contractor will start their work in April (aiming for early April but it is TBC). Once confirmed, the car park will be closed and the walkway will also be closed to allow for the hill play, stairs and timber terraced deck to be constructed safely. This will reopen this as soon as it is safe to do so.

The car park to the right by the aquatic Centre is still operational as is on-street parking. Users will be encouraged to use active modes of transports where possible during this time.

The current Playground will close on 21st March 2024 and the existing play equipment will be removed.

Civil and structural construction is expected to start in April 2024. This will go through until about September 2024 and then the new play equipment and furniture will be installed. We are working towards opening in December 2024 in time for the summer school holidays.

The design concept has been completed by the New Plymouth District Council parks team. This has been in collaboration with Ngāti Te Whiti and a wide range of community stakeholders.

Various workshops have been carried out with local organisations, schools, and groups to get wide input to ensure the creation of a play space that can meet the needs of all users as best as possible. Some of the community stakeholders who have been involved: Conductive Education, Rainbow Youth, CCS, Sport Taranaki, Age Concern, NPDC Age and Accessibility Working Party, Blind Foundation and Deaf Aotearoa.

We’re giving people the opportunity to make a lasting contribution to their community and play a part in making our city an incredible place to live, work and play.

Already Taranaki people of a variety of means have made large and small contributions, including those who have given generous in-kind commitments.

While Stage One funding has been secured, we hope to add to Stage One as soon as practical. Donations and additional funding will make this happen.

Over the last two years the project team have conducted a wide range of community consultations, which showed a strong need and support for the redevelopment of the existing playground and development of new play areas.

Feedback from this research showed that the existing playground lacked creative play experiences, were not inclusive for those with disabilities, were not multi-purpose and that the community strongly desired these traits in a play area.

Ngāti Te Whiti hapu are supportive of the playground and as project partner are collaborating on all aspects of the design and execution to fully incorporate the cultural narrative.

In addition, the redevelopment of the playground has the support of the New Plymouth District Council, Toi Foundation, NZCT, Sport Taranaki, Venture Taranaki and The Halberg Foundation.

New Plymouth District Council will maintain and upkeep the playground as they do with all other community playgrounds.

  • By virtue of the ambition of its scale, nature, and site, Destination Play at Kāwaroa will be transformational for our community.
  • Destination Play at Kāwaroa will create an inclusive, futuristic experience here in our backyard, contributing to community education and wellbeing across our region as well as becoming a renowned visitor attraction.

NPDC as the asset owner has been responsible for the research, consultation, design, procurement and construction of the project. Through NP Partners, NPDC will invest further in site infrastructure, ongoing management and maintenance.

Taranaki Foundation are the lead organisation managing the project fundraising, working together with New Plymouth District Council who are responsible for construction, management and operation and Ngāti Te Whiti who are providing input into all aspects of the design and execution of the project.

NP Partners is a public-private partnership forum for business leaders, community leaders and entrepreneurs drawn together by a shared vision. We are committed to investing in the growth of our city and district, creating community value and impact through a Partner-led, Council-managed programme.

Destination Play is the first of NP Partners bold initiatives for our city and community.

All contributions $1,000 and greater will be recognised visually on site with a naming wall and in certain play areas.

The contribution levels are:

  • Foundation Partners
  • Kāwaroa Partners ($100k+ cash/in-kind)
  • Products & Services Partners ($1k, $25k, $50k+ in-kind)
  • Donors ($1k, $5k, $10k, $25k, $50k+ cash)

If you would like to discuss how you contribution will be recongised, options to make a large donation, and/or represent an organisation or business that wishes to be a partner contact Taranaki Foundation CE, Josh Hickford – 027 4621412 josh@taranakifoundation.org.nz


You can contribute here: Destination Play at Kāwaroa

If you wish to make a donation, and/or represent an organisation or business that wishes to be a partner in this ambitious community legacy project contact Taranaki Foundation CE, Josh Hickford – 027 4621412 josh@taranakifoundation.org.nz

You can also find more information about the project on the Taranaki Foundation site www.taranakifoundation.org.nz/destination-play/

Yes. Not only will your gift help bring this community project fully to life, but your donation will also qualify for a tax rebate of 33.3% up to the limit of your taxable income.

See more about tax credits for donations on the IRD website

The project delivery has a staged approach based on the confirmed funding available.
Stage One includes almost 80% of the design scope. The exact scope of this stage will be limited to the funding secured so far. Stage Two will commence once funding is secured.

The project will still be delivered within the scope of the funding secured. Stage Two will include anything unable to be delivered in Stage One.

Stage One will include the $5.8M in confirmed funding for the project. The scope of this stage is limited to this funding secured. Securing funding for Stage Two is ongoing and the cost of this will be determined when Stage Two detailed design is completed.

To date Destination Play at Kāwaroa has close to $5.8M in confirmed funding for the project. This total forms the Stage One funding available. Stage Two funding is currently being raised through philanthropic donations from organisations and individuals, sponsorship and other fundraising channels. This includes our community fundraising campaign where anyone from the community can contribute to the project at any level. You can donate here: Destination Play at Kāwaroa

The funding Taranaki Foundation is providing to the project is from donors donating specifically to Destination Play. These funds are outside of our funds under management and are not included in our annual funding round.

Read more about our Funding Round here.

The project team have been in partnership with mana whenua throughout. This includes local hapū Ngāti Te Whiti.  Some elements include:

  • Maramataka physical features that highlight the Māori lunar calendar
  • Sculptures of Te Wheke-a-Muturangi that highlights Kupe, an important figure in Māori folklore
  • The star of Puanga and constellation of Matariki are incorporated into play space
  • Sensory stimulation features include aspects of local Motu, flora and fauna
  • Learning boards that detail not only the above but will provide te reo translation on all educational aspects.
  • Construction is set to begin in Spring 2023.
  • The construction of the project will be phased and delivered in stages in response to the funding secured.
  • The construction of the project is expected to be completed in 2024.
  • Any future construction will depend on the staged approach and any remaining areas.

As well as replacing an ageing playground facility, Destination Play at Kāwaroa will transform this significant location into a major intergenerational educational and play resource.

The approx. 22,000 m² play area will include:

  • Water, challenge and natural play features.
  • Shared social spaces, seating, shelter and an outdoor classroom area.
  • Easier access to Kāwaroa reef encouraging natural exploration.
  • A Maramataka feature that highlights the Māori lunar calendar.
  • Agility and fitness equipment including a pump track, climbing platforms and swings.
  • Learning hotspots aligned with local history, mana whenua and the NZ curricula.
  • Better public facilities including changing rooms, toilets, parking and space for food trucks.

Construction of the above will be in a Staged approach.

The Destination Play project is led by the Taranaki Foundation in partnership with Mana whenua of Ngāmotu – New Plymouth, Ngāti Te Whiti, NP Partners and New Plymouth District Council.

NPDC as the asset owner has been responsible for the research, consultation, design, procurement and construction of the project. Through NP Partners, NPDC will invest further in site infrastructure, ongoing management and maintenance.

Workplace Giving

Taranaki Foundation Workplace Giving is an easy way for companies to help their employees give back to our local community with regular donations through their payroll system.

It is simple for both employer and employee. Find out more about Workplace Giving here 

No. Companies aren’t required to contribute any money up front. All a company needs to do is:

Enable staff to donate through the payroll system (we can help set this up).

Include Workplace Giving information in induction packs for new staff.

Give us the opportunity to talk to your staff about workplace giving. We keep these presentations short and can do them in small groups to minimise the impact on your business. There is no obligation on your employees to participate.

No they don’t. While some employers choose to contribute alongside their employees, it is not required.


Not only is Workplace Giving an easy way for people to donate a little often, it also has the added bonus of an immediate tax benefit.

Employees receive an immediate tax credit for their donations, instead of having to retain their receipts and wait until the end of the year to claim a rebate.

For every dollar donated they receive a third back as a tax credit in the same pay period. If you donate $7.50, the government pays $2.50 of that meaning only $5 is deducted from your pay packet.