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Taranaki Foundation connects generous people and organisations to activities that nurture and build the prosperity of our region through community giving, partnerships and philanthropy.

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Founding trustees speak of their pride as they step down from Taranaki Foundation

11 May 2023

Taranaki Foundation founding co-chairs and trustees Ken Horner and Paul Goldsmith have spoken of their pride as they step down from their roles after eight years’ service.

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Cybergrape partners with Taranaki Foundation

1 May 2023

Cybergrape, have partnered with the Taranaki Foundation as an operational supporter focused on helping keep us safe online.

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Destination Play at Kawaroa starting to take shape

18 April 2023

Progress is happening at pace behind the scenes to transform Kāwaroa Park into a much-needed community space devoted to providing a fun, exciting, accessible, and family-friendly space for all ages.

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Brookdell Fear Trust Fund

3 April 2023

In December 2022 the Brookdell Fear Trust Fund was created together with the Taranaki Foundation.

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Expression of Interest: Trustee Vacancy

30 March 2023

Taranaki Foundation is calling for Expressions of Interest for two Trustee vacancies.

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Congratulations to Josh Bird, Ohangai Centennial Teaching Scholarship recipient

10 March 2023

We are proud to announce that Josh Bird is the most recent recipient of the Ohangai Centennial Teaching Scholarship.

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Weekend of events to honour memory of Steve ‘Coach’ McKean

20 February 2023

In memory of 'Coach': basketball and golf tournaments to honour the late Steve McKean and raise funds for McKean's fund

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Realising a wish to make a long-lasting difference

5 February 2023

Leaving a gift or bequest in your Will is a big decision to make. Marcia and Matthew Millard recently chose to leave a bequest through Taranaki Foundation - a decision they made for two reasons.

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Congratulations to our 2022 Rudi Milesi Scholarship Recipients!

26 January 2023

We are proud to announce that Tayla Steele and Anne Larcom have been selected as the recipients of the 2022 Rudi Milesi Scholarships.

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Why should you make giving to charity your New Year’s resolution?

30 December 2022

The best New Year’s resolutions? They’re the ones that also help others.

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Ten questions with Taranaki Foundation Chair, Bryce Barnett on Destination Play at Kāwaroa

8 December 2022

Progress is happening at pace behind the scenes to transform New Plymouth’s Kāwaroa Park into a world-class space devoted to providing a fun, exciting, accessible, and family-friendly place to meet, share, strive and learn.

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Making an Intergenerational Impact

8 December 2022

“Giving through Taranaki Foundation is just common sense for us really. It meets our long-term objective of giving back to the community in a lasting way"

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Taranaki Foundation announces 2022 Grant Recipients  

25 November 2022

Gifts totalling $109,473 were recently granted to 37 local groups, individuals, and charities through the Taranaki Foundation annual funding round.

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Destination Play at Kāwaroa – community fundraising campaign launched!

22 October 2022

The Taranaki Foundation is asking for the help of our community to fund the last $1 million for the Destination Play site at New Plymouth's Kawaroa Park.

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Taranaki youth boosted further through new Fund with Steelformers

6 October 2022

We are proud to welcome the Taranaki Youth Boost Fund to help support talented Taranaki youth achieve their dreams

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Join the team!

7 September 2022

Here at Taranaki Foundation, we are on an ambitious mission to nurture and build the prosperity of our region, and we are looking for a passionate local to join our busy team.

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Anne Barron thinks of Taranaki Foundation as part of her family

29 August 2022

“Giving through Taranaki Foundation keeps my giving alive – it keeps on living forever and giving forever. It means I can leave a lasting legacy for my community.”

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Six Taranaki athletes named in Future Champions programme

17 August 2022

Six Taranaki aspiring athletes have been given a chance to progress their careers through the Sport Taranaki Future Champions Programme.

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Taranaki’s young artists celebrated at Taranaki Foundation Emergence Award’s ceremony

3 August 2022

Fifty-seven aspiring artists entered Percy Thomson Gallery’s premier art competition for young and emerging Taranaki artists.

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Taranaki Foundation launches landmark project – Destination Play at Kāwaroa

18 July 2022

Water play, climbing platforms and a pump track are some of the new features planned for an innovative new play and learning space that will transform New Plymouth’s Kāwaroa Park for all ages to enjoy and explore.

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Taranaki Foundation Emergence Awards a celebration of local talent

12 April 2022

Art awards shine light on emerging creativity and talent in our community

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Congratulations to the 2022 Cliff Perrett Memorial Fund Scholarship Recipients

25 May 2022

Congratulations to Hayley Thorpe and Ilana McEldowney recipients of the 2022 Cliff Perrett Memorial Fund Scholarship

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Taranaki Foundation welcomes Friends of New Plymouth Opera House Fund

26 April 2022

The Friends of New Plymouth Opera House recently transferred their assets to Taranaki Foundation so that the excellent work they have undertaken for many years is continued in perpetuity.

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The Lysaght-Watt Fund

The Lysaght-Watt Fund will continue supporting Arts, Culture and Heritage funding across Taranaki.

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Welcome to our new Distribution Committee Members

Taranaki Foundation welcomes four new members to the Distribution Committee.

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A quiet act of generosity

Through a gift in his will, safeguarded by Taranaki Foundation, Glen will be enabling scholarships for Taranaki students specifically in the areas of journalism and photography.

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The gift of trees

We are excited that we have teamed up with Trees that Count to plant native trees that were gifted as part of the Forest of Generosity initiative.

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Community Foundations – the new way of thinking about charity and estate planning

We are honoured to work with Bruce Carter, who wanted to make a lasting contribution for his community.

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Empowering and enhancing the lives of people living with disability

It takes only one person to make a difference in a person's life.

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Congratulations to Sam Harvie, Ohangai Centennial Teaching Scholarship recipient

We are proud to announce that Sam Harvie is the most recent recipient of the Ohangai Centennial Teaching Scholarship.

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Congratulations to our 2021 Rudi Milesi Scholarship Recipients!

We are proud to announce that Hawera High School students Madeline Pick and Noah Fortuin have been selected as the recipients of the Rudi Milesi Scholarship.

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Craigs Investment Partners generous Christmas giving

Taranaki Foundation is proud to once again work with the awesome team at Craigs Investment Partners to distribute early Christmas gifts to chosen community causes.

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2021 Taranaki Foundation Grant Recipients

This month over $104,000 was granted to Taranaki community groups from Taranaki Foundation’s 2021 Distributions.

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Bruce Carter Fund

This fund was established in 2021 to continue to support the causes and charities he is passionate about in a strategic and meaningful way.

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Taranaki Foundation welcomes new fund to benefit Taranaki children

Help a Taranaki Child Trust recently transferred their assets to Taranaki Foundation to safeguard and grow.

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An intergenerational family legacy lives on for Taranaki

Vicki and John Haylock made the generous decision to leave a legacy when their Uncle Basil left an inheritance for them.

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Cliff Perrett Memorial Trust Fund

The Cliff Perrett Trust has assisted local students with scholarships since 2006. To honour its intentions, Taranaki Foundation will continue to administer these annual scholarships which endeavour to be to assist two students each year (one for South Taranaki and one from North Taranaki).

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The Power of Endowment: An Enduring Legacy

Celebrating the growth of Taranaki Foundation’s first donor fund

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Foundation welcomes three new trustees

New Trustees bring experience, passion and new perspectives to the Taranaki Foundation Board

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September is Wills Month!

Having a will gives you peace of mind that you have made the best provision possible for the people and causes you care about.

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The Harvey Symes Fund  

Passionate about farming and rugby and with a strong ethos for giving back, the Harvey Symes Trust was established in 1981 to support charities in South Taranaki and Patea in particular. In July 2021 the Harvey Symes Fund was transferred to the Taranaki Foundation for management.

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The Rudi Milesi Fund

In June 2021 the Rudi Milesi Estate was transferred to the Taranaki Foundation to provide scholarship assistance for the education and development of young people from South Taranaki in the fields of dramatic theatre and veterinary science.

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Taranaki Foundation named as a MediaWorks Foundation charity partner

Taranaki Foundation is delighted to announce this new partnership which will create numerous opportunities to raise awareness of the work we do through multiple media channels and to reach a broad audience.

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Taranaki Foundation 2020 Grant Recipients

Twenty-five Taranaki charities or community groups received a well-deserved funding boost from Taranaki Foundation’s 2020 Distributions. (1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021)

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Hinton Family Investment Fund

Robyn and Phil Hinton believe that through investing in Taranaki’s future through the Foundation, there is a real potential to enhance, change and foster the things that make a difference to everybody that lives here.

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Craigs Investment Partners generous workplace giving

On behalf of the Craigs New Plymouth branch Giving Committee, the Foundation is pleased to distribute $5,500 to the Taranaki community organisations: Taranaki Health Foundation, Taranaki Retreat, Little Fighters Charitable Trust and New Plymouth Riding for the Disabled.

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Community Foundation Announces New Name, Logo and Brand

Your Foundation has a new name and brand identity that emphasizes its mission to be a renowned foundation for giving that provides an inter-generational legacy for the Taranaki community.

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Energy City Ford sponsor car for Taranaki Foundation

The Taranaki Foundation is fortunate to have generous support from our funders, sponsors, organisations, individuals and donors investing their time, resources or expertise, they enable us to grow our reach and to build a prosperous Taranaki for all.

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Is the glass half empty or half full?

On Friday 30 April, our glass was full as we had the amazing opportunity to briefly introduce the Taranaki Foundation - what we do, our vision and how to get involved to nearly 200 Taranaki Business Professionals over a breakfast and a lunch session with Economist Cameron Bagrie.

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Steve ‘Coach’ McKean legacy honoured

The memory of a Taranaki sporting legend Steve 'Coach' McKean will live on through a fund created in his name, supporting a cause close to his heart.

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