Last week we celebrated our twentieth anniversary at Government House in Auckland. To mark 20 years of giving we recognised five exceptional organisations presenting them with special awards, for their outstanding and tireless work for the good of the community and our environment.
We are delighted to announce the organisations and we thank them for their contribution to New Zealand.
They are New Zealand Housing Foundation, SPACE NZ Trust, Project Lyttelton, Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust and Bill Holland – founder of Acorn Foundation. These five organisations stand out as leaders and influencers in their area of work. Each organisation as honoured with special recognition award which was presented by Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae The Governor-General of New Zealand.
The Tindall Foundation staff and trustees would like to sincerely thank everyone we have worked with over the last 20 years who have made New Zealand a better place.
Recognition Award Winners
SPACE NZ Trust
Award received by Leanne Dawson & Sue Pattinson, Founders
Recognised for dedication and commitment to Kiwi families by creating and developing New Zealand’s own parenting programme for first-time parents and their babies
The SPACE programme is a parenting and child development programme helping first-time parents and their babies to learn, connect and flourish. Group sessions are held weekly in community venues and early childhood centres for 3-4 terms.
Founders Leanne Dawson and Sue Pattinson saw that first-time parenting can be isolating and leave parents feeling vulnerable. So in 2003, the two Playcentre mums started the SPACE programme at a Lower Hutt Playcentre. Now, over 300 programmes a year are run right across New Zealand, attended by almost 8,000 parents and babies, delivered by 55 community partner organisations.
Early involvement by parents in their child’s education can have powerful benefits for their confidence and parenting skills. SPACE creates connected communities to increase children’s opportunities and choices — and this has wider social and economic benefits too. SPACE parents have increased knowledge and information, better networks, deeper relationships with their children, and a sense of empowerment about making parenting decisions.
Says Leanne Dawson, “What a great partnership we have with The Tindall Foundation. We share common values and goals, and the importance placed on parenting and families of New Zealand. The Foundation has supported what is important to us, and we have supported what is important to the Foundation — our future, our parents, babies, families and communities throughout New Zealand”.
The Tindall Foundation acknowledges the hard work and dedication of Leanne and Sue as founders of SPACE and congratulates them and their team on the success of their programme, one which supports the Foundation’s goal to make our country the safest and best place to bring up children.
New Zealand Housing Foundation
Award received by Brian Donnelly, CEO
Recognised for outstanding contribution to the social housing sector, using innovative practices and leadership in the affordable housing field
The New Zealand Housing Foundation (NZHF) seeks to relieve poverty and build communities by providing affordable housing for low income households in New Zealand. Through a range of innovative co-ownership tenure options, NZHF helps Kiwis achieve their aspiration of living independently, affordably and sustainably in a stable home environment within their community.
The Tindall Foundation has had a long-term relationship with NZHF. As far back as 2003 our funding was used to establish the Foundation and pilot new co-ownership products in new housing developments. We have also provided social capital investment through a range of short and longer term loans.
Driven by social objectives and a smart business ethos, NZHF reinvests its returns into assisting households into new affordable homes and partners with other community housing providers to grow the capacity of the community sector.
Since 2007 NZHF has helped about 300 families realise their dream to live in their own home. Research proves that these families now participate more in community life; are physically healthier; have greater wellbeing; feel safe, connected and secure in their neighbourhoods. There is less absenteeism at school and less demand on medical services.
Says Brian Donnelly, “For many years The Tindall Foundation has enabled us to deliver real outcomes on the ground for families. It has helped us to leverage resources with a focus on action, and to introduce innovation into the affordable housing space.”
This award acknowledges the NZHF’s outstanding contribution to the Tindall Foundation’s goal of supporting people into affordable home ownership and stable, healthy and connected communities.
Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust
Award received by Samara Nicholas, Founder
Recognised for extraordinary personal commitment and passion for environmental education and protection of marine and freshwater habitats
Born from the urgent need to develop community awareness of marine and freshwater management issues, the Northlandbased Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust was established in 2002 and has created two dynamic marine and freshwater education programmes — Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) and Whitebait Connection (WBC).
EMR inspires schools and communities to take action for their local environment and learn more about marine conservation and protection. EMR provides the equipment and expertise for a hands-on learning experience in local New Zealand marine environments and marine reserves, through initiatives such as community guided snorkel days.
Snorkel days are inspiring people and changing attitudes towards the protection of our marine environment for the future. EMR helps form the foundations for future marine reserves and marine protected area proposals, and encourages community ownership and kaitiakitanga, involving the community in reporting and in reducing compliance issues in reserves.
The Tindall Foundation donations have supported the development and expansion of the EMR programme into eight regions, the most recent being Otago. This enabled the team to host 27 marine community engagement events last summer across the eight regions. It also hosted the National Marine and Freshwater Education Wananga, the only opportunity of its kind in New Zealand for marine conservationists and educators to connect about initiatives.
Samara Nicholas says, “The Tindall Foundation has been the backbone for the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust and has been absolutely critical to achieve the EMR programme’s national expansion and the development of community guided snorkel days throughout eight regions of New Zealand.”
The Tindall Foundation acknowledges Samara’s passion and tenacious leadership since her school days. She has been a driving force in educating children and the public and enhancing awareness of the importance of protecting and enjoying marine ecosystems. Mountains to Sea has gone beyond the initial focus of marine habitats to include the Whitebait Connection programme for lakes and rivers and has expanded its reach throughout the country.
Award received by Margaret Jefferies, Chair
For commitment to Lyttelton over many years, developing grass roots projects that have led to a strong and sustainable community with heart, providing locals with services that would not otherwise be available to them and responding to community need following the Canterbury earthquakes.
Project Lyttelton is a group of activists creating a vibrant sustainable community, fostering hope and inspiration to create a collective future. This highly successful community development organisation welcomes all newcomers to Lyttelton, runs a farmers’ market, seasonal festivals, a community garden and children’s kitchen garden, projects that support harbour resilience and meet energy needs through innovative community-based solutions.
Margaret Jefferies brought the concept of Timebanking to New Zealand with the support of The Tindall Foundation. Timebanking is a way of trading skills in the community, where time credits are used as payment instead of dollars. Skills such as cooking, sewing, gardening, child minding, dog walking, computer help and music lessons are being traded in Lyttelton. This project recognises that everyone has something of value to contribute.
A school and early years centre gardening project in the Harbour Basin has also been assisted by The Tindall Foundation, encouraging children to grow, harvest, prepare food, share it and complete the cycle with waste going back into the garden. All these projects have achieved so much more than they originally set out to do and the positive outcomes have spread throughout the community.
Says Margaret Jefferies, “At a time when the focus tends to be around what one can achieve, the influence one has, how intelligent one is, how much one has accumulated, we are looking to help create a content community that is loving, that cares for the world and moves from ‘I’ to ‘we’ thinking.”
The Tindall Foundation congratulates Margaret and Project Lyttelton for its fantastic work in creating local leaders, in connecting people, in re-establishing community spirit following the Canterbury earthquakes and in highlighting the value of community work.
Bill Holland, a Founder of Acorn Foundation and chair of Community Foundations of NZ
Recognised for his huge personal commitment and passion for driving the community foundation movement in the Bay of Plenty and across New Zealand
The role of community foundations in New Zealand is to encourage and assist Kiwi communities to be generous and leave legacies that have lasting impact. Community Foundations (CF) manage endowment funds where the capital is maintained and a percentage is paid out each year to an organisation chosen by the giver or through a general untagged fund.
Bill Holland helped to establish Acorn Foundation in Tauranga, in 2003. He was aware that many New Zealanders wished to help their communities and that a local CF could assist them to do so. Today, over 220 people in Tauranga have established their own endowment funds, and this is growing by 24 each year. Some give while they are living, but the majority of the giving will be when they pass on.
Respected as the leader in promoting philanthropic giving, Acorn has served as a shining example to others that CFs can be successful in their own communities. Currently, Acorn has over $12 million invested and will be distributing over $500,000 this year to a wide range of community groups. This figure will grow dramatically in the coming years, as people pass on.
Bill is current Chair of Community Foundations of New Zealand Inc. which was founded in 2012 to help establish and promote Community Foundations throughout the country. Nationally, New Zealand’s 13 Community Foundations have over $40 million under management and over $160 million in anticipated funds.
Bill says,”It goes without saying that stronger communities build a stronger country. The vision of The Tindall Foundation Trustees to invest substantial funds to help establish CFs here following their success in the US, is coming to fruition.
In the long term this will be one of the major success stories of the Foundation and will be a lasting legacy”. The Tindall Foundation acknowledges Bill’s outstanding contribution to the emergence of Community Foundations across the country, supporting our desire to weave generosity into the very fabric of New Zealand society.