Te Karaka distributes generous donations received from The Tindall Foundation and the Taranaki community.

Back: Hāwera Budget Advisory Service coordinator Julie Gaudin, Te Karaka Foundation chair Ken Horner. Front: Kai Kitchen Trust Rochelle Steer and Te Karaka's distribution committee chair Sandy Smith. The last couple of months have shown that our resilient community is strong, kind and committed to looking after each other. Our Taranaki Community Fund 2020 established to help Taranaki people through COVID-19 received many generous donations already. The response from our community has been remarkable! Thanks so much to many of you for offering support, aroha and awhi to some of the most vulnerable…continue reading →

Helping Taranaki people through COVID-19

Taranaki Community Fund 2020 (TCF2020) We hope you and all your whanau are well.  We established the Taranaki Community Fund 2020 only two weeks ago and the generosity and care of our community are already shining through. We received many calls from people asking how they can help. A huge thank you to everyone who is reaching out and special gratitude to Nancy Mills, who was the first to donate to our Fund and is one of the most generous citizens of our region.  We are delighted to share Nancy’s story with you:  A Heart- Warming Story From Taranaki "As…continue reading →

A Heart-Warming Story from Taranaki

“As a result of this pandemic, people are without jobs and there will not be enough money for people to meet their basic needs. I want to help in the community where it will make the biggest difference." When Nancy Mills gives, she gives with heart, wanting to know that it’s going to be of real help to individuals and families in the community. This year, because of the fallout from Covid-19, Nancy found herself having to cancel an upcoming trip to the USA. She says that while the cancellation was disappointing, she…continue reading →

The magic of kindness will help us survive COVID-19

Consider donating to the Taranaki Community Fund 2020 established with Te Karaka Foundation As the fallout from Covid-19 deepens, our communities will face increasing hardship. It sure is a test of human solidarity, and we will see community priorities and the funding landscape change. We need the funding capacity to offer help wherever it’s needed. The most vulnerable are definitely going to be hit hard. People who are living paycheck-to-paycheck, who can’t afford to buy a week’s worth of food at once, are at risk during a health crisis like the coronavirus outbreak.…continue reading →

Te Karaka’s response to Covid-19

Our Foundation continues to operate but with some changes as regards how we will deliver our services to you during Stage 3-4. Our interactions with you will differ during this period. We would like to make you aware of the following: We will not be having face to face meetings with clients until further notice.We have all of the technology to be able to conduct virtual meetings or conference calls.We are following the Government’s recommendation to have our volunteers and staff working from homeWhere possible, we ask that if you need to contact Te Karaka, please…continue reading →

Give & Get Back

Donations made during your lifetime qualify for a tax rebate of 33.3% up to the limit of your taxable income.   It’s now easier than ever to get back your tax on charitable giving. So find a cause close to your heart through Te Karaka Foundation and we’ll walk you through our smarter giving model and how to get your tax credit back.  Through Te Karaka Foundation, your giving can go much further towards supporting what you truly care about forever.   You don’t need to be a current Te Karaka donor or partner to support our community and We can work with you…continue reading →

Club R & R 2020, Awesome Camp for Awesome kids

Many children with disabilities are unable to participate fully in the festive season; some are unable to read a book or play with toys without support. Children with disabilities often are unable to attend holiday programmes, let alone a fun camp with their siblings and peers -the level of support required is prohibitive to their attendance.  The vision for the camp came from one of Te Karaka Foundation’s generous donors – Nancy Mills, who has a passion for helping children. With Nancy’s generosity and a positive response from Conductive Education, the concept of Club R&R was born…continue reading →

Giving Tuesday

Kia Ora, Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday (3rd December), a global day of celebrating giving and generosity. On this Giving Tuesday, we’re saying thanks to all the wonderful people whose generosity impacts our community every day. On behalf of the Board and the team, thank you for your generosity, for your kindness, and for helping us to make lasting, positive change for our community.      It is my dream that the work of generous people will mean no one in Taranaki will live in hardship, loneliness and isolation.“If every one of us, tucked one other person in need…continue reading →

We are proud to establish the Fund for Hospice Taranaki

Te Karaka Foundation has teamed up with Hospice Taranaki to help facilitate bequests from its supporters, making it easier for members of the community to leave a legacy or gift, helping ensure Hospice Taranaki will    always care and be there for our community. “We were impressed with the community foundations model as it will not only ease the fundraising burden but also provide our supporters with a way to invest in our future and help us to ensure we can continue to provide our specialist hospice care and support to all who need…continue reading →

The Christmas gift that keeps on giving

We’re not giving Christmas presents this year, knowing the money saved is going to people that need our ongoing help more than presents this Christmas. What’s in it for you?  A great way to show your support for the people that need it the mostBe a good Citizen of Taranaki A good news story to share with your family, friends, business community, clients, customers  Feel good knowing you are helping others and making a differenceRecognition on Te Karaka’s website, Facebook page, radio and newsletter  How to do it  Let us know so we can help publicise your good deed Tell your friends, clients and community what you are doing and why   (e.g. e-card, newsletter, Facebook, website,…continue reading →

Help us to fund the holiday camp for children with disabilities

Give these children the best gift ever – A holiday camp specially designed for them where they can have fun, play and socialise in a safe and specially designed environment for their needs. This Camp will give them the chance to spend five days together, get to know one another, play, learn, and have fun. The first holiday camp for the children with disabilities in the Taranaki region was organised in January 2019.  The camp allowed the children to have experiences they usually would not have access to and together enjoy the excitement and…continue reading →

Would you like to leave a lasting legacy for your community through a gift in your will?

Glen Fergusson has done just that by giving back to the local community with a gift in his will. His gift will go to scholarships for students in the Taranaki community, going to where the needs are the greatest. Glen Fergusson has lived in Taranaki his whole life, following a career in journalism and photography with Taranaki newspapers, retiring in 1997 as Chief Photographer.He has enjoyed his retirement years and had been thinking about what to do with his estate for some time when he came upon the option of leaving a legacy…continue reading →

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 →