New CE Appointed

Grace Wesolowska, Te Karaka’s new CE, remembers her first charitable act as a young girl buying a brick to rebuild the Royal Castle in post-war Poland. This standout childhood memory marked the start of a lifelong commitment to helping those around her and has carried on through Grace’s professional life and in the upbringing of her two daughters. Grace believes that philanthropy begins with a strong sense of community and togetherness rather than a focus on the individual. “It is the community that individuals create together, that is the engine that moves everyone…continue reading →

Back on the Road Again for Visually Impaired Rider

A grant to put towards purchasing a secondhand tandem bike has meant visually impaired Bell Block mum and keen cyclist Teena McEwen can get back in the saddle. Legally blind since birth, Teena doesn’t let a lack of vision stand in her way of being active. She took up bike riding four years ago when the Blind Foundation matched her with a pilot, the rider that steers, changes gears and describes the upcoming terrain, but had to put biking on hold as the tandem she had got beyond repair. Her saving and fundraising…continue reading →

New Smoke Alarms for Hearing Impaired Children

How do you hear a smoke alarm if you are deaf? What about an alarm clock? For hearing impaired children Benji (9) and Sadie (7) Earl these two every day challenges have been overcome with specially designed smoke alarms and alarm clocks provided through a grant from Te Karaka Foundation. “Through the generosity of one of our donors Te Karaka was able to establish a fund for people with hearing and visual impairments and we’re delighted with the interest in the grants from the community,” says Te Karaka Chair Ken Horner. When triggered,…continue reading →

Tindall Foundation Funding Available Now

Are you part of a community group or charity that works with families or runs social services? Applications for the next round of Tindall Foundation funding for Taranaki organisations close on Wednesday 28 February. Responsibility for allocating funding of around $40,000 per year under the Tindall Foundation’s Supporting Families and Social Services programme is now being overseen by Te Karaka Foundation. “The Tindall Foundation has a unique system where they use local funding managers and committees to allocate funding under this programme and we’re thrilled the Tindall Foundation have recognised our expertise and…continue reading →

Te Karaka Supports START Taranaki’s Programme for At Risk Youth

Te Karaka Foundation is pleased to be contributing to funding START Taranaki’s new programme for at risk Taranaki youth. In November 2016, with support from the TSB Community Trust, the Kaponga-based organisation launched START Early; an early intervention programme aimed at building trust, resilience, self-awareness and life skills for young men from Taranaki. START Early starts with an isolation phase, involving two full weeks in the bush and a two-night solo period. Other activities foster openness between participants, staff and whanau, creating supportive relationships and bonds to serve them throughout the year ahead…continue reading →

Generous but not Organised

Kiwis are a generous bunch, giving around 1.5 billion to charities and charitable organisations every year, but we’re not always very organised about it. Fewer than 8% of New Zealanders give to charities in their will, but research suggests if they are prompted, they are twice as likely to give. “In my experience clients are very receptive to the idea of leaving a gift in their will when asked,” says lawyer and Te Karaka Chair Ken Horner. Te Karaka Foundation is taking part in this year’s Include A Charity Campaign to help raise…continue reading →

Ohangai Centennial Teaching Scholarship Recipient

Hawera High School graduate Morgan Cowper is the most recent recipient of the $1,000 Ohangai Centennial Teaching Scholarship from the Winifred Knight Trust. She, like former educator Winifred Knight, is one day keen to serve her local community. “Once I have finished studying, I would like to move back to Taranaki, possibly Hawera as it is the area where my family and I grew up in and it would be a great opportunity to be able to teach the children of my family and friends, and give back to the community I lived…continue reading →

Community Foundations of NZ – Newsletter

Te Karaka is part of something bigger! Take a look and see what our national body is doing in support of regional Foundations. Here's the latest news from Community Foundations across Aotearoa New Zealand. Click here April 17 Newsletter - Community Foundations of NZcontinue reading →

Debbie McCallum becomes Dairy Trust Taranaki science co-ordinator

Debbie McCallum has been appointed to the role of regional science co-ordinator for the new Dairy Trust Taranaki. A new organisation set up to direct dairy industry research in Taranaki recognises the province's long history of farmer education and dairying research. That's the view of respected Taranaki farm consultant and Te Karaka Foundation Trustee Debbie McCallum, who's been appointed to co-ordinate Dairy Trust Taranaki's science programme. Read more about here Taranaki Daily News, 6 December 2016  continue reading →

Te Karaka Foundation Makes First Ever Grant Distribution

Opunake Coastal News, Vol 25 No 21, 4 November 2016 Read more about Te Karaka Foundation makes first ever grant distribution  - Coastal Taranaki, Hawera and Opunake High Schools and Patea Area School are gifted copies of  'Real World Ready' book for school leavers - Te Karaka Foundation Makes Its First Ever Grantcontinue reading →

Giving is Good for You!

Giving makes people feel connected, happy, healthy, energised, empowered and grateful. New Zealanders give in many ways to many causes, 93% contribute in more than one way People give from the heart, for the good of others and the community, rather than for personal gain or recognition New Zealanders give more than just money — sharing time, energy and skills. We are incredibly lucky to live in a nation where people value generosity and see the benefits of giving, not only to the receiver but also to their own lives, connecting them to…continue reading →

Golfing grant

Taranaki Women’s Golf has scored a ‘hole in one’ with a new endowment from Te Karaka Foundation Trustee and golf enthusiast Debbie McCallum. Called ‘The Debbie McCallum Fund’, the endowment has been set up through Te Karaka Foundation to provide financial support for Taranaki Women’s Golf to help pay for uniforms, travel, accommodation and coaching. Taranaki Golf Executive Officer Nick Northam is delighted and overwhelmed by the generosity of the gift. “I am certain that it will be of great benefit to the district in the years ahead. The money will be of…continue reading →