As part of our commitment to encouraging philanthropy and administering funds in Taranaki, Te Karaka Foundation provides professional fund management and specialist grant-making expertise for charitable trusts and community groups.

You can donate to the following funds either during your lifetime and or as bequest. Our funding model ensures that your gifts are enduring – your gift will keep on giving because all the donations are pooled together and invested. The capital remains intact and each year the investment income is distributed to the specified charity, community group or groups.

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To give, contact us or deposit your donation to: 15-3953-0804837-00 (reference: TFund2020/TFund/Kiwi/Retreat/Art/RDA).

Taranaki Community Fund 2020

The Taranaki Community Fund 2020 is a general fund established by Te Karaka Foundation in March 2020 to help those most vulnerable and organisations who may be providing multiple services in our community as the Covid-19 virus situation develops.

To make a donation via internet banking, please make your gift to Te Karaka’s Bank Acc: 15-3953-0804837-00. Please include the fund name TFund2020 or contact us on

We will be flexible and adapt our funding decisions to best support and strengthen our communities.

There is no minimum donation amount for contributions to this fund.

Taranaki Fund

The Taranaki Fund is a general fund established by Te Karaka Foundation to meet priority needs for the Taranaki Community. There is no minimum donation amount for contributions to this fund.

Give to an existing Community Group Fund or Private Fund

Purangi Kiwi and Kokako Project Fund

The Kiwi and Kokaka Project at Purangi, East Taranaki is a community initiative, involving the implementaion of a suite of pest control and advocacy measures to promote conservation and sustainability in the Purangi/Matau and Pouiatoa catchments. The East Taranaki Environment Trust provides kiwi, and soon to arrive, kokako a place to thrive. They are proud to be one of the largest community environment schemes in New Zealand. This is an area of significant habitat of nationally threatened and at risk indigneous species.

Supporters are encouraged to contribute to directly to the Purangi Kiwi and Kokako Project fund to help provide a place for Kiwi and Kokako to thrive. Learn more about Purangi and Kokako Project

Taranaki Retreat Legacy Fund

Taranaki Retreat was established to provide time-out space at a community sanctuary for families and individuals to stay, free of charge, when times are tough.

The door of the Taranaki Retreat will always be open. When people need a break from whatever the pressure may be – whether they’ve been touched by suicide, sustained a loss of any kind, they will find sanctuary in this space, created for peace and beauty; they will find a welcome.

You can now support the Taranaki Retreat forever, through a donation or bequest to the Taranaki Retreat Legacy Fund. Gifts to this fund will help with the operating costs of the Retreat and later on, to develop the wonderful facility further. Learn more about Taranaki Retreat

The Swingiest Fund for Generations of Art Lovers

Just as Monica Brewster and Len Lye both had the remarkable vision to think beyond today; so too are The Friends of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre looking to the future by establishing the Friends’ Fund with Te Karaka Foundation. Support The Swingiest Fund for Generations of Art Lovers through a donation or bequest. Find out more on the Friends of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre website.

Taranaki Hauora Fund

Creativity is at the heart of the Taranaki Hauora Fund. The fund’s purpose is clear – to address the hauora (well-being) of our rangatahi (young people), but the gifting side is intentionally left open to best serve the needs of our rangatahi. The Hauora Fund was established in memory of Leon Squire who died in 2017.

Conductive Education

Conductive Education is an educational system, based on the work of Hungarian Professor András Pető, that has been specifically developed for people who have motor disorders. The Taranaki CE centre has a role of 20 preschool and primary aged children from around the mounga, a Conductor and Assistants, in addition to numerous volunteers.

New Plymouth Riding for the Disabled

Established more than 40 years ago, New Plymouth Riding for the Disabled (RDA) provides goal-based riding activities that increase the ability, independence and confidence of people with physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges.

The enormous therapeutic, educational and recreational benefits of horse riding has helped thousands of young people with their independence and has had a flow of affect to all aspects of their life.

Puke Ariki Fund  

Puke Ariki Trust was established in 2006 to help secure additional funds for the development of Puke Ariki. Since its inception the Trust has assisted Puke Ariki to raise substantial funds through grants and donations.  

Just as establishing New Zealand’s first combined museum, library and visitor centre was bold and visionary, Puke Ariki Trust established endowment fund with Te Karaka Foundation.  

The endowment fund will provide a regular source of funding to help discover, protect and share our taonga now and forever. 

Visit Puke Ariki  for more information 

Hospice Fund 

Hospice Taranaki is a registered Charitable Trust, founded in 1992 to provide a range of community or hospice inpatient services for patients and their family/whanau who are living with life-limiting illness.  

The Hospice philosophy is to help to live every moment in ways that are meaningful and of value to them.  

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.  

Learn more about Hospice Taranaki 

Club R & R Fund 

Children with disabilities often are unable to attend holiday programmes, let alone a fun camp with their siblings and peers. 

The vision for the camp came from one of Te Karaka Foundation’s generous donor – 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 seeking to provide a safe, healthy and appropriate camp for children with disabilities. The first ever week-long Club R&R in Taranaki was delivered in January 2019.   

Nancy Mills established an endowment fund with Te Karaka to make sure that the holiday camp – Club R & R will be available for many children with disabilities every year forever. 

Learn more about Club R & R 

Hawera High School Fund 

The Hawera High School Charitable Trust established an endowment fund with Te karaka Foundation for the Hawera High School promotion of the highest standard of education at Hawera High School, including the provision of funds, support, assistance for the benefit and welfare of the school and/or education, learning, cultural and sporting activities at the School.  

Learn more about Hawera High School

Spotswood High School Fund 

Spotswood College established the endowment fund with Te Karaka Foundation to support the vision and delivery of education for Spotswood College.  

Learn more about Spotswood College 

Waitara High School Fund 

Waitara High School established the endowment fund with Te Karaka Foundation to support the vision and purposes of Waitara High School. 

 Learn more about Waitara High School  

NP Boys High School Fund 

NP Boys High School established the endowment fund with Te Karaka Foundation to support the vision and purposes of New Plymouth Boys’ High School.  

Learn more about NP Boys High School 

NP Girls High School Fund 

NP Girls High School established the endowment fund with Te Karaka Foundation to support the vision and delivery of education for New Plymouth Girls’ High School.  

Learn more about NP Girls High School  

Or, Create your own fund for a charity or community group

Contact us to find out more about making a contribution to an existing fund or creating a new fund.