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Norman Kirk Memorial Trust wins Trust of the Year

Chair of the Norman Kirk Memorial Trust Peter Swain says they are very honoured that the Trust has been awarded the 2015 NZ Trust of the Year Award by the New Zealand Trustees Association.

More information is available: Media release - Norman Kirk Memorial Trust wins Trust of the Year (.pdf 0.32mb)

New Community Leadership Fund announced

The Community Leadership Fund – Hapori Whakatipu was announced on 3 May 2016.

More information is available: Media release - New Community Leadership Fund announced

Lottery Significant Project Fund opens for Expressions of Interest

Secretary to the Lottery Grants Board, Robyn Nicholas announced today the opening of the 2014/15 Lottery Significant Projects Fund.

“In July of this year the Lottery Grant Board announced it had allocated a further $15 million to the Lottery Significant Projects Fund.

“This funding will enable significant community based projects to be undertaken and provide lasting benefits for both current communities and future generations” said Ms Nicholas.

“From today groups with community projects worth $3 million or more can lodge an expression of interest for funding. Groups are encouraged to use this process as it will enable them to receive early feedback on whether their project meets the funding criteria. Staff can also provide support when completing a full application.”

In 2013/14, the Lottery Significant Projects Fund distributed over $28 million to support 12 projects throughout New Zealand. These projects were diverse and covered a range of sectors including the arts and cultural projects, sporting facilities and environmental projects. The projects funded included:

  • Waitangi National Trust Board –received $5,750,000 towards the development of a Museum of Waitangi which will enhance visitor experience and provide an increased awareness and understanding of the Treaty story;
  • Theatre Royal Charitable Foundation – received $6,000,000 towards the cost of rebuilding the iconic Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch;
  • Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust – received $1,250,000 towards the cost of installing a fence to create a pest-free ecosystem in mature native forest in Nelson; 
  • AUT Millennium Ownership Trust – received $4,420,000 towards the cost of constructing a National Aquatics Centre at Mairangi Bay on Auckland’s North Shore.

Information about eligibility criteria and application requirements is available on the Community Matters website or by calling 0800 824 824.

Expressions of interest for the 2014/15 Lottery Significant Projects Fund open on 17 November 2014 and can be submitted until 12 December 2014.  

Full applications for the Lottery Significant Projects Fund can be made from 28 January 2015, with the Fund closing on 11 March 2015.

Lottery Grants Board allocates $28 million to significant community projects

Internal Affairs Minister and Presiding Member of the Lottery Grants Board Hon Peter Dunne has announced the names of the successful applicants to the Lottery Significant Projects Fund.

Read the Minister's media release: 

Lottery Grants Board sets digital literacy as a priority

At the Lottery Grants Board (Board) meeting in July 2013, the Board agreed that the Secretariat introduce digital literacy as a priority across all relevant distribution committees.  

The Board has the ability to set an overarching priority as set out in the Gambling Act 2003.

Digital literacy refers to the access people have to computers and their capability in using online tools.  Digital literacy is recognised as being an increasingly important area which supports the learning, training and professional development of New Zealanders, increasing their ability to connect with each other, communities and government. 

The Board agreed there will be no specific allocation of funding to support digital literacy as a priority.  

Digital literacy as a Board set priority

The priority is to be an over-arching national funding priority requiring all relevant distribution committees to take account of digital literacy, together with their existing priorities, when allocating funding.

Relevant committees

The relevant committees are:

Any other committee that receives an application relating to digital literacy should also consider this priority when making funding decisions.   

What is funded

  • Support for organisations and programmes that improve the accessibility of technology in the community; this may include funding towards hardware and software, internet connection, facilities and security.  Security may include anti-virus software and other digital security measures, and the physical security of the hardware and premises.
  • Support for organisations and programmes that provide training and education that improve digital literacy in communities; this may include funding towards salaries, training and supervision costs, operational and administration costs, activity, resource and programme costs.

What is not funded

In addition to those items, services and projects not funded by any Lottery committee, this priority will not fund:

  • Provision of computer tablets to individuals.  This is viewed as providing individual gain, rather than supporting a community need.

Additional information

Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate that their project:

  • is for a community purpose
  • operates in a way that ensures the safety of their clients in the online world
  • where possible, works in collaboration with other community organisations
  • will contribute to one or more of the following outcomes:
    • increases community access to technology
    • enhances the skills of community members in the digital environment
    • encourages participation of community members in the digital environment.

For successful grant recipients, contribution to these outcomes should be supported by evidence in the accountability report.  Measures supporting outcomes could include: numbers of people using the service, number of participants in courses/classes, number of new clients, uptake of access/services by different sectors of the community.

Help make finding government online information easier

4 June 2013

Here’s your chance to get a sneak peek at the designs for a new all-of-government website, and to tell government what you think of it. Please help us spread the word.

Preliminary designs for the new beta website have recently been launched. This website will eventually replace

We're keen to get feedback from the biggest, most diverse slice of the population that we can.  That's why we would really appreciate it if you could take the survey and then forward this email to any contacts you have in the community sector or put it in a newsletter.  Anything to get the word out and get us as much feedback as possible.

The survey only takes 5-10 minutes.

Over $6 million awarded to 65 different projects

31 May 2013

The Lottery World War One, Environment and Heritage Committee recently awarded over $6 million to 65 different projects across New Zealand.  The projects included physical, cultural and natural heritage projects, and projects commemorating the upcoming centenary of the First World War.

The next funding round closes on 29 May 2013 with decisions due in October 2013.

The eligibility criteria for projects commemorating the centenary of the First World War has been expanded to include arts and sports activities, and projects located overseas for the current and future funding rounds.

Community unites for child education

29 May 2013

North East Valley’s community responded to a need to get children more involved in education by using community-led development funding to buy two community vans.

The vans are part of a bigger picture to get children involved in learning and education generally. The North East Valley Project in its current form has its beginnings in a collaborative response to illness-related absenteeism in local schools.

The causes of the absenteeism presented a challenge to the education leaders in the Valley because they were issues like cold houses, poor nutrition and disconnection from community – not problems schools and kindy teachers have the time and expertise to address. So the leaders got together and looked at ways to solve these problems. And the North East Valley Project was born.

The Project purchased two vans last year as one way of addressing engagement in learning. “The vans mean children who would otherwise have not play sport can now get to participate”, says North East Valley Normal Principal John McKenzie. Those children who would find it difficult to get to school camp now can do so easily.

North East valley schoolchildren get a lift to school

North East valley schoolchildren get a lift to school

The vans are used to transport children to a Samoan language nest; they are used for shopping trips to the cheapest supermarket in the city; they take children on special outings. The vans are moving version of seating in parks, they are a ‘bumping into point’ for local people to meet and share their responses to community issues.”

Funding enables Māori-led development in Mangakino

29 May 2013

Community-led development funding has played a key role in the re-opening of Pouakani marae.

The funding paid for the completion of carvings, without which the marae could not have been completed, says Anahera Pedersen, marae representative on the Mangakino leadership group.

“The marae burnt down in 2007 and we needed funding for the carvings. Community-led development (CLD) has meant we could finish the carvings and we are now leading the local development in the Māori community in Mangakino. Our experience of CLD has been very positive. We would not be in the position we are today without it.”

Mangakino Pou

The Pou (carving) depicts Whatonga, Tara and Tautoki.

The Pouakani carvings were one of the five projects Mangakino leadership group funded, including Tourism Radio to help promote and build business. Through this project, technology installed in rental vehicles picks up and broadcasts messages about visitor attractions and accommodation.

Community led development success

29 May 2013

Whirinaki community has a number of projects funded by community-led development including people learning Te Reo and a river restoration project.

Claire Papuni is a tutor in Te Reo who is working to increase the number of speakers in the local Te Hikutu hapu.

“My favourite is going into the wharekai to do rākau, its’ cool”

“My favourite is going into the wharekai to do rākau, its’ cool” Mokopuna o Te Hikutū

“We want to ensure the continuation of key cultural practices and underpin the leadership role of Kaumatua and Kuia in the community. We have had a great response to the opportunity to learn Te Reo.”

There is also a really exciting awa (river) restoration project in Whirinaki. The project aims to protect the community’s water supply, ensure everyone has clean, potable water, prevent water pollution, encourage the return of native plants, eels and other fish life and reduce the flood risk. There are already obvious signs of progress such as cleared river banks, fencing and planting.

Proposed changes to Lottery community committees

15 April 2013

The Department of Internal Affairs has released a consultation paper on proposed changes to the criteria and purposes for applications to Lottery community committees.  The proposals would:

  • end the practice of collated funding arrangements being considered by the Lottery National Community Committee;
  • result in all multi-regional applications being considered by the Lottery National Community Committee; and
  • result in community organisations being able to receive a maximum of one single year and one multi-year Lottery community committee grant per financial year.

The details behind these proposals and the anticipated impact on community organisations that receive lottery funding are contained in the consultation paper.  Submissions can be made by post, email or online – details of how to submit a response are contained in the consultation paper.

The consultation period closes on 4 June 2013.

Survey shows diverse, mature and active social enterprise sector in New Zealand

4 February 2013

A survey run by the Department of Internal Affairs has revealed a social enterprise sector in New Zealand which is relatively mature and diverse.

“Social enterprises in this country are operating in a wide range of industries, have a range of approaches to supporting their many and varied missions, and serve many different types of beneficiaries,” says Senior Policy Adviser Diana Suggate.

“While many survey participants have been operating for more than ten years, we are aware that there is a growing interest in the potential to grow the social enterprise movement,” she says.

For the purposes of the survey, “social enterprise” was defined as an organisation which has a social, cultural, or environmental mission, that derives a substantial portion of its income from trade, and that reinvests the majority of its profit/surplus in the fulfilment of its mission.

Diana said the survey showed most social enterprises trade in their local area and focus on benefiting families, young people and other social groupings, although around 15 per cent focus on environmental causes.

Highlights from the survey:

  • Most social enterprises work in education and training (43 per cent), social assistance services (22 per cent), recreation and sport (17 per cent) and arts and heritage (15 per cent).
  • Charitable trusts make up 53 per cent of organisations in the sector; 37 per cent are incorporated societies, and 7 per cent are limited liability companies.
  • Around five per cent of the organisations that responded to the survey are affiliated with Māori authorities. This can be through a marae, an iwi organisation, having a Māori organisation as a shareholder; or having an informal association with a hāpu or iwi.
  • In addition to income from sales, government contracts provide significant income for 40 per cent of the organisations. Grants and donations are also important.

“Challenges faced by the sector include a more difficult trading environment caused by the economic downturn, and the need for funding to support development and growth,” Diana says.

Other issues social enterprises contend with include changing market conditions; increased competition; demographic change; availability and capability of workers; compliance costs; governance and management issues; and lack of capacity for growth.

“Particularly interesting for us was the finding that said around 65 per cent of the organisations felt they could benefit from external advice, particularly with developing marketing strategies and training in management skills,” Diana says.
Diana said government interest in social enterprises hinged on the potential for these organisations to both boost a local economy and tackle social, cultural and environmental issues.

“The report provides a basis for ongoing investigation into social enterprises and will inform policy development about this important sector,” Diana says.

A copy of the report summarising the survey findings is available on the Department of Internal Affairs' website.

>Evaluation of the implementation of community-led development

31 January 2013

The Department of Internal Affairs is conducting a four-year community-led development trial. Alongside implementation an evaluation is being conducted based on the principles of action research to assess both the implementation and impact of the initiative in the participating five communities.

The evaluation report and more information about community-led development is available on the Department of Internal Affairs website.


2013 Winston Churchill Fellows announced

 12 November 2012

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew today announced the recipients of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships for 2013.

The Trust helps New Zealanders from all walks of life to travel overseas and bring back new insights and understanding that will enrich their community and, ultimately, New Zealand as a whole.

For 2013, the Trust has awarded a total of $72,000 to twelve Fellows.


25 Years of Lotto

03 September 2012

August 2012 marks Lotto’s 25th birthday. That means 25 years of returning 20 cents from every dollar spent on Lotto back to community, sports, arts, heritage and cultural organisations. That equates to more than $3 billion since 1987 when NZ Lotteries was first established.

A number of events have been organised to celebrate the big birthday with a focus on the numerous groups and projects that NZ Lotteries, through the NZ Lottery Grants Board, have helped over the years. NZ Lotteries will be filming grants stories to feature in its nationwide retailer road shows, online and on TV. There will be a special two week promotion in August, culminating in an extended Lotto draw on 25 August 2012.

Two grant recipients to be featured include the Kiwi Nest at Wellington Zoo and the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa.

In 2007, Wellington Zoo received $400,000 from the NZ Lottery Grants Board to assist with the construction of the Nest, the only care, rehabilitation and research centre for native wildlife in the Wellington region. During 2011, the Zoo cared for 942 native birds at the Nest, including the now-famous Happy Feet and the little spotted kiwi brought in by a concerned member of the public. The Nest has enabled thousands of visitors to experience the drama of real-life animal surgeries and procedures by watching the vets in action through the Nest’s large viewing windows.

The Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa has been another major recipient of Lottery grant funding. Lottery funding of $18 million was provided to support the museum’s development and initial operating costs. Further to this, Te Papa has received $5 million in funding between 1997 and 2000 from the Lottery Environment and Heritage Committee. Lottery funding has been used by the museum to purchase items of significance to New Zealanders in order to preserve our art and heritage for future generations. A good example is the Britten motorbike, which was purchased with Lottery funding in 1995. Built in 1992, the Britten V1000 motorbike is regarded as a contemporary classic of motorbike design. Te Papa’s motorbike is one of only ten in the world.

There are thousands more organisations in New Zealand providing invaluable services to the community, which are made possible by Lottery grant funding. To acknowledge the benefits that funding has had to these organisations, we would like ask grant recipients to use our new logo on their print material, website and on any signage when they update it. The logo is available for download at

Lottery funding to commemorate First World War centenary

17 July 2012

Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain today announced that $17 million in lottery funding has been allocated by the Lottery Grants Board to commemorate the centenary of ANZAC landings at Gallipoli and the First World War.

The Minister also announced that around $200 million in lottery profits from the proceeds of games such as Lotto, Instant Kiwi and Daily Keno would be returned to the community this year.

More information is available: Lottery funding to commemorate First World War centenary


Minister announces re-allocation of funds to support volunteering

11 July 2012

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew has announced a reallocation of $100,000 from the Community Internship Programme to the Support for Volunteering Fund. The reprioritised funding will be used to support the development of Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) and local and regional volunteer centres.  The transfer recognises that VNZ and the volunteer centres play an important role in achieving the Government’s priority areas of acknowledging and celebrating volunteering and strengthening professional support for volunteers.

Mrs Goodhew has also asked the Department of Internal Affairs to look at how the appropriations for seven community funding schemes are arranged to enable more flexibility to respond to community needs.


Marae accessibility gets a boost

23 May 2012

A new marae accessibility toolkit - Te Whakaaheitanga Marae Kua Watea te Huarahi - has been produced by CCS Disability Action Waikato, the Head Injury Society, Community Waikato, Hauraki Maori Trust Board, and Waikato District Health Board.

The toolkit is designed to enable kaumātua and whānau with health and disability impairments to actively engage at marae and remain effective contributors to their marae. It provides checklists for whānau who have responsibility for guiding a project when building renovations or new buildings are planned. These checklists give an indication of what facilities are required under the Building Act for access by people who have a disability or impairment.

The Lottery Marae Heritage and Facilities Committee distributes funding towards marae capital works and conservation initiatives.  Accessibility to marae is a top priority for the Committee.

The toolkit is also available through the Office for Disability Issues website.