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 →

New South Taranaki Cooking Class Cuts the Mustard

The South Taranaki Whanau Centre (STWC) has hit the mark with their latest course – Nutritional Cooking on a Budget. Brooke and tutor Helen “These cooking classes have certainly me made me far more aware of my health and how to look after it on a budget, I use to think eating healthy was something I couldn’t afford. Now I cook more than ever and even my friends comment on how my cooking has improved and is tastier!” says recent participant Brooke. “We developed three new courses as a result of feedback we…continue reading →

Give Back & Get Back

You don’t need to be a current Te Karaka donor or partner to support our community. And if you make a donation before 31 March you can claim 33.3% of it back, up to the level of your taxable income. To give to the General Taranaki Fund or a fund of your choice please contact us. Read more about the following Community Funds: Purangi Kiwi and Kokako Project Fund Taranaki Retreat Legacy Fund The Swingiest Fund for Generations of Art Lovers New Plymouth Riding for the Disabled Conductive Education Taranaki Hauora Fund Feel…continue reading →

Men only Programme at Refuge gets Support

A tailored men-only programme run by Taranaki Women’s Refuge to help men make positive changes about how they think, feel and behave in a relationship has received support from Te Karaka Foundation. David Younger “Projects to strengthen families are well supported by our generous donors and we were impressed by the positive outcomes this programme is achieving,” says Te Karaka Foundation Chair Ken Horner. Into its fourth year, ASPIRE began as a pilot programme, and now runs 20 hours a week from the Taranaki Women’s Refuge community office. The programme is free, voluntary…continue reading →

Club R and R Fun for All

Two local philanthropists are laying down the gauntlet to other generous people and organisations to help make Taranaki’s inaugural Club R & R, a fun family camp for children with disabilities and their families, an annual event.  “It was a dream being able to have a custom-designed camp for our children with disabilities and their siblings, who often miss out too,” says Conductive Education’s Craig Nielsen and father to Zak who got his first taste of an outdoor camp. The vision for the camp came from one of Te Karaka Foundation’s generous donors,…continue reading →

Tindall Foundation Funding Open

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 30 August 2019. 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. “The Tindall Foundation utilises our team’s local knowledge and expertise to allocate funding under this programme,” says Te Karaka Foundation Chair Ken Horner. Past recipients of the Tindall Foundation funding in Taranaki include: Central…continue reading →

What is Generosity?

Some think that generosity is only for the wealthy, for me generosity is more than financial support alone, it is about treating people with care and respect and letting them know they are valued members of our community. When I first arrived in Australia, with a toddler on my hip, very little money to my name and even less spoken English under my belt, a stranger on a bus showed, what was for me, life changing generosity. Frustrated and upset that my limited English was preventing me communicating my plight to immigration officials…continue reading →

Riding into a new era of Funding

New Plymouth Riding for the Disabled is the latest community group to set up a fund through Te Karaka Foundation and within a matter of weeks of being established the fund has received a $5,000 donation.  “We’re looking to the future and we hope over a period of time to build a reserve endowment fund to provide greater surety for years to come and the security to plan ahead. The fund is already off to a good start,” says RDA President Kevin Nielsen. Like most charitable organisations, RDA relies on a combination of…continue reading →

Sir Stephen Tindall Event

Te Karaka Foundation was proud to host Sir Stephen Tindall as a guest speaker at their celebration of generosity event in October, themed: ‘We are in this Together’. Sir Stephen and Grace “Sir Stephen delivered such a relatable message of generosity saying giving is what gives him the greatest buzz,” says Te Karaka Foundation CE Grace Wesolowska. He went onto say how proud he is of the $150 million of community foundation giving over the last 15 years. After regaling the crowd with stories of social impact investing, America’s Cup, rockets, biofuel, pea…continue reading →

Chad Shoots for the Stars

Through a grant from Te Karaka Foundation to help purchase telescope and camera equipment, one donor has made dreams come true for a young New Plymouth man with partial paralysis, vision loss and epilepsy due to a stroke in utero. “We had a significant shortfall from our fundraising and I thought Chad wasn’t going to be able to realise his dream and then Te Karaka stepped in,” says Mum Sandy Campbell. “My life has been on hold and now it feels like it is just starting,” says 18-year-old Chad Campbell who recently received…continue reading →

New Fund for Conductive Education

It’s amazing what a group of passionate parents can achieve. After years of weekly travel to Hamilton or Wellington to seek specialised education and physical rehabilitation for their children a small group of mums and dads embarked on a journey to establish their own Conductive Education centre in 2014. Three years later Conductive Education Taranaki is up and running at Westown Primary School in New Plymouth and the motivated group is again looking forward and thinking big and have established a fund with Te Karaka Foundation to help meet their goals for long…continue reading →