September is Wills Month- is your will up to date?

Did you know that over 50 percent of New Zealanders do not have a will?Having a will gives you peace of mind that you have made the best plans possible for the people and the causes that you care about, making it easier on your family and friends when the time comes. Making or changing your will is easy. And leaving a gift to be safeguarded by your local Community Foundation can ensure that your life’s work can live on and continue to give to causes that you care about, forever. See more at…continue reading →

Making a Difference in our Community

Te Karaka Foundation, through the generosity of one of our donors, was able to help the Rodrique Hope Trust to purchase 250 warm jackets for children in our community who do not have sufficient warm clothing to go to school in during the winter months. The goal of this project is to see a reduction in the time students are having off school because of weather and cold-related sicknesses. We know that education is imperative to these young people breaking the poverty cycle, and we are confident that our donation will help them…continue reading →

Can you shout a coffee a week?

If just five percent of the working population of Taranaki donated $5 a week that would grow to $5m in five years. All for the price of a cup of coffee per week. Download the flyer here and advertise it around your workplacecontinue reading →

Sustainable Taranaki making a difference with our youth

Te Karaka is proud to have funded Sustainable Taranaki to run programmes for Oranga Tamariki youth. The programme facilitates youth-led environmental projects that engage and give back to the local community. Impact is focused on a strengths based approach, supporting youth to develop their individual and team strengths, their interests and passions. After exploring current global, national and local environmental challenges the students were interested in initiating a number of projects. After some collective decision making the group decided to focus on an area they connected with rather than a specific project, with…continue reading →

Taranaki Adult Literacy

We are proud to have helped fund multi-use literacy and numeracy resources through the Taranaki Adult Literacy programme. Through our funding they have been able to buy a range of different resources to be applied to a range of learning activities. Keri from Literacy Aotearoa Taranaki outlines below what the funding has been used for. Smart Cart! The funding bought a smart cart and some Mᾱori model tech resources. Students had to use the instructions and work as a team to assemble the items and then flat pack them again for the next…continue reading →

One Donor, 14 Recipients

Thanks to the generosity of one of Te Karaka’s donors 14 people with hearing and visually impairments have received grants over the last two years for equipment to help in their day to day lives, education and to help keep safe. “We’ve been delighted to work with this kind, generous donor to realise her aspirations to help people with disabilities,” says Te Karaka Foundation CE Grace Wesolowska. Some of the Hearing and Visual Grant recipients Over the last two years grants have been given for specialist smoke alarms and alarms for deaf children,…continue reading →

Hand up for Young People in Central Taranaki

Children and young people from Stratford and the wider Central Taranaki district experiencing difficulties will be able to tap into support from Tūtaki Youth this year thanks in part to funding from Te Karaka Foundation and Tindall Foundation. “We’re thankful that we’re able to continue our successful Children and Youth Wellbeing Support Service again this year thanks to the significant contribution from philanthropic funders Te Karaka Foundation and Tindall Foundation,” says Tūtaki Funding and Safety Coordinator Phoebe Hall. “Through our work in the community, it is evident that the need for this service…continue reading →