Reliant on grants to run events, the Positive Ageing Trust were able to run a free financial seminar in April attracting more than 180 people thanks to a grant administered by Te Karaka.

“We had a lot of demand to run a seminar on home finances, but had no idea we would attract such a large number of attendees,” says New Plymouth Positive Ageing Trust Trustee Mr David Showler.

“The two main objectives were to provide unbiased, simple financial advice for pensioners with some money to invest and the pros and cons of reverse mortgages.”

The seminar featured Craigs Investment Partners Christine Egarr and Michale Regan talking about investments and recently retired TSB CEO Kevin Murphy spoke about reverse mortgages.

“We’re pleased that we were able to help this seminar take place and support the good work of the New Plymouth Positive Ageing Trust,” says Te Karaka Foundation Chair Ken Horner.

Responsibility for allocating funding of around $40,000 per year under the Tindall Foundation’s supporting families and social services programme is overseen by Te Karaka Foundation.

“It’s pleasing the Tindall Foundation have recognised our expertise and local knowledge and have entrusted Te Karaka to make recommendations about how this funding is allocated,” says Te Karaka Foundation Chair Ken Horner.

Other recipients of this year’s Tindall Foundation funding in Taranaki include: Pregnancy Help Taranaki Inc., Hawera Budget Advisory Service, Taranaki Toy Library, Central Taranaki Blue Light Ventures, On The House and New Plymouth Emergency Shelter.

For information on funding criteria and how to apply visit or email The next round of Tindall Foundation funding closes 31 August.