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Strengthening communities.
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What we do

Check out some of the previous scholarships and grants we have gifted inline with our four purposes.

Health Shuttle Service & Donny Van 

MORRINSVILLE COMMUNITY SUPPORT

In 2023, Awarua Trust was privileged to provide a grant to the Friends of Morrinsville Community Charitable Trust, enabling them to sustain their Health Shuttle and Donny Van services. These essential services offer transportation to community members in need, and the grant served as a crucial financial lifeline, allowing the Morrinsville Community Charitable Trust to maintain operations during challenging times.

Menzshed

MORRINSVILLE COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Awarua Trust demonstrated their commitment to the community by pledging to support the Menzshed with the new build of their premises. Thanks to the generosity of the trust and various local entities, the project was able to proceed. The Menzshed team is now proudly operating from their impressive new location on Canada Street.

Ryan Olesen

AGRICULTURAL ADVANCEMENT BY SUPPORTING EDUCATION

The Awarua Trust schlorship was a life saver for Ryan Olesen, who prior to embarking on veterinarian studies, had exhausted other student support whiling completing a double major degree in Earth and Ocean Science, and Geography. Unable to identify a satisfying career path, he then took himself off to Lincoln University, where with Awarua Trusts support, he graduated with a Diploma in Agriculture, Commerce and Business Management.

Ryan is now a qualified Vet working at Morrinsville Vet Clinic and is grateful to the support Awarua Trust has given him to enhance his education and career path.

Shana Williams

AGRICULTURAL ADVANCEMENT BY SUPPORTING EDUCATION

Shana Williams, grew up on the family farm and knew from an early age, that she desired to work in the agricultural industry. Once leaving Te Aroha College, Shana moved to Dunedin and completed her Bachelor of Science Degree. Through the support and scholarships gifted from Awarua Trust, Shana completed her studies and now works at Tatua, initially carrying out microbiology and chemistry testing, and recently moving into the company's research and development team. 

Solomon Islands - Health Clinics Ablution Block

RELIEF OF POVERTY IN THE PACIFIC ISLANDS

The Health Clinic Ablution Block project presented an opportunity for the Trust to make a meaningful impact. Doubling the size and capacity of the block through upgrades and refurbishments, including the installation of flowing taps, showers, and toilets, marked a significant improvement. The delighted response from both staff and patients underscores the importance of these new facilities in enabling the clinic to enhance its service to the community.

Tahuna Volunteer Fire Brigade

MORRINSVILLE COMMUNITY SUPPORT

In 2018, Awarua Trust helped support the Tahuna Volunteer Fire Brigade in getting a replacement engine and gearbox in their Fire Response Truck. The truck, which is fully funded by the brigade (not the NZ Fire Service), needed the repairs in order to continue operation and allow the fire fighters to continue their incredible work and response efforts.

Morrinsville Rugby & Sports Club - New Kitchen

MORRINSVILLE COMMUNITY SUPPORT

The Trust enthusiastically approved the grant for the refurbishment of the Clubrooms kitchen at Morrinsville Rugby & Sports Club. As a hub for various community events, including rugby, the upgraded clubrooms now feature a spacious commercial kitchen. This enhancement is sure to elevate the club's ability to host gatherings and serve the community with excellence.

Solomon Islands - Classroom at The Mother Emily Kindergarten

RELIEF OF POVERTY IN THE PACIFIC ISLANDS

As part of a large project, Awarua Trust helped fund the relocation and refurbishment of Mother Emily Kindergarten, a children's health community centre. The centre provides schooling & medical care for the children of families working in the palm oil, cocoa and coconut plantations. The upgraded facilities mean the world to the staff and allow them to better serve the community.

Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve

MORRINSVILLE COMMUNITY SUPPORT

When Pukemokemoke Trust approached Awarua Trust for support with their boardwalk project, the Trust was eager to provide assistance. Constructing the boardwalk demanded extensive effort and volunteer involvement across numerous working bees. Despite the project spanning several months, the outcome is nothing short of remarkable and something the community can enjoy!

David Street School - Outdoor Area

MORRINSVILLE COMMUNITY SUPPORT

The senior students at David Street School came up with a concept of how to best use the space outside their Senior Classrooms. With the support from Awarua Trust and others in the community, their creative vision has blossomed into a beautifully landscaped outdoor area, now a vibrant reality. This transformed space features a captivating giant chess board, inviting outdoor seating with cover, and a flourishing vegetable garden, offering not just a recreational spot but also an educational and communal sanctuary for the students to enjoy.

Morrinsville Squash Club - Kitchen Upgrade

MORRINSVILLE COMMUNITY SUPPORT

In April 2023, Awarua Trust demonstrated their commitment to community well-being by pledging to support the Morrinsville Squash Club's kitchen upgrade. This contribution (alongside other community support) enhanced the club's facilities, creating a more functional environment for members to enjoy.

Morrinsville Art Gallery - Purchase of Grand Piano

MORRINSVILLE COMMUNITY SUPPORT

In April 2023, Awarua Trust played a role in enriching the cultural landscape of Morrinsville by helping facilitate the purchase of a Grand Piano for the Morrinsville Art Gallery. This elegant instrument now graces the gallery, adding a touch of sophistication to its ambiance and serving as a centerpiece for various events hosted within its walls.