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Mazda Foundation supports inspirational New Zealanders

13 November 2012

Mazda Foundation supports inspirational New Zealanders

The Mazda Foundation has donated $62,366 to 27 individuals and groups from around New Zealand, as part of the Foundation’s final round of funding for 2012.

Each year, the Mazda Foundation holds three funding rounds and selects New Zealanders, community groups and charities that are in need of support.

This round, a combination of individuals and groups with a variety of different causes were granted funding, including the Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust for its ‘Paper4trees’ initiative in Christchurch.

Paper4trees is a nationwide recycling programme which provides schools and preschools with resources to set up an in-house paper and cardboard recycling system. At the end of the year schools are rewarded with one native tree for every two cubic metres of paper and cardboard they have recycled.

Unfortunately, due to the earthquake damage in Christchurch, many schools and preschools have been unable to order their trees since 2010. There were 128 Christchurch schools and preschools participating in the programme last year who could not collect the native trees they had earned.

“The Mazda Foundation’s generous grant has helped us to provide the Christchurch region with over 1,700 native trees for their 2011 recycling efforts. They were thrilled that they would soon receive native plants to beautify their grounds,” says, Cayley Manson, Paper4trees Programme Manager.

“These trees are so important to school environments. They provide the students with an attractive area to play in and attract wildlife such as birds, bugs and lizards which the students can learn about. As the trees grow and mature, their roots will also help stabilise grounds.”

A second nationwide environmental organisation has benefitted from the latest round of grants from the Mazda Foundation. The New Zealand Conservation Trust, which operates various conservation projects, received funding for its Great Spotted kiwi breeding programme, based in Christchurch.

The Trust works closely with the Department of Conservation to address the declining kiwi population through a specialised breeding programme.

The funding will allow the trust to purchase 20 diagnostic timers which accurately monitor how long a kiwi has been incubating an egg and indicates to the fieldworker when the egg needs to be removed. Eggs need to be taken from the parents to protect them from predator threats and to ensure the continuation of the iconic native species.

“We are very grateful to the Mazda Foundation for enabling us to purchase 20 timers, which are integral to the survival of the kiwi,” says, Richard Moore, Chairman of the New Zealand Conservation Trust.

“They will be a great help to fieldworkers who collect the eggs which are often in extremely isolated and mountainous regions. It is down to the dedication of our staff and support from organisations, such as the Mazda Foundation, that we are able to continue to protect the kiwi.”

Andrew Clearwater, Chairman of the Mazda Foundation, says the Foundation is pleased to be able to help such a variety of worthy causes and individuals across New Zealand.

“This funding round we had so many inspirational kiwis who we felt would benefit from further support. We decided to increase the number of grants, almost doubling the amount of applicants from previous funding rounds.

“We’re delighted to be able to help out where we can and provide some assistance for these individuals and charities that are doing amazing things in our communities.

“Whether it’s helping to save the Great Spotted Kiwi or giving a helping hand to school initiatives around the country, the Foundation is thankful to be in a position to help such great kiwis,” says Clearwater.

Other grants this funding round include funding a junior surf programme in Tauranga, helping to purchase a greenhouse and seedlings for a community garden near Invercargill and funding the purchase of a new sail for a sailing boat for Whangarei Young Mariners Club.

The Mazda Foundation has now distributed over $1,339,000 to more than 350 recipients since its establishment in late 2005.

The closing date for the next round of Mazda Foundation applications is 31 March 2013. For more information or to download an application form, visit

Mazda Foundation Recipients – Round 3

OrganisationDescription of applicationCityAmount
Arts Access AotearoaFunding to purchase a new desktop computer to enable the Community Development Advisor to engage effectively with both disabled and marginalised communities.Wellington$1,258.77
Riverlea Theatre and Arts CentreFunding to make urgent repairs to a Wagner piano that is used for rehearsals, tuition and by stagecraft students.Hamilton$3,289.00
Surf Lifesaving Club MaketuFunding to provide a Junior Surf programme. The money will be used to assist with the cost of pool hire, coaching services and travel.Tauranga$1,800.00
Randwick Park School Breakfast ClubFunding to provide the Crackerjack Kids programme to students enrolled in the Breakfast Club at Randwick Park School.Manaukau$4,000.00
Richmond PlaycentreFunding to complete the outdoor play area. The area requires top soil and bark before it is safe for children to play on it.Nelson$500.00
Addington.netFunding to purchase two Tbots and software. The Tbots are robots which children can programme themselves, and in the process improve their IT skills.Christchurch$550.00
Hutt Playcentre AssociationFunding to purchase books which are used as part of the training programme to educate playcentre members about early childhood education.Lower Hutt$350.00
Ruakaka Surf life Saving Patrol IncFunding to replace one Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) motor. The life saving service patrols the Ruakaka and Uretiti beaches but also attends events across Northland.Ruakaka/ Whangarei$6,176.00
Gore Toy Library Inc.Funding to purchase new puzzles for the library. The toys are in desperate need of an upgrade and are important to the development of children.Gore$751.06
Toi Tois PlaycentreFunding to purchase a new camera which will allow the centre to continue documenting the children’s development.Tokanui/ Invergargill$179.00
Whangarei Young MarinersFunding to purchase sails for a newly purchased fibre glass boat.Whangarei$1,035.00
Te Waka Huruhurumanu Ki Otautahi Early learning CentreFunding to purchase new tables and storage units for the Christchurch based centre.Christchurch$6,998.23
Roslyn Bush PlaycentreFunding to make improvements to the centre’s “family play” area. The funding will be used to purchase dress-up costumes and a toy kitchen for the children to play with.Invercargill$765.19
Goldfields Special SchoolFunding to purchase swimming pool equipment which will maximise the hydrotherapy benefits for the disabled students.Paeroa$1,300.15
Manuka Community House IncFunding to purchase new safety squabs which are vital to the children’s safety when playing on the centre’s equipment.Nelson$1,360.00
Stewart Island Early Childhood Education CentreFunding to purchase a computer for the Stewart Island Early Childhood Education Centre. Due to their geographical isolation the computer provides access to useful learning resources.Stewart Island$1,501.00
Springvale PlaycentreFunding to purchase a vacuum cleaner for Springvale Playcentre.Whanganui$458.00
Ariel Community CareFunding to purchase two greenhouses which will provide people with disabilities with skills, horticultural education and work experience.Wellington$3,170.00
Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability TrustFunding to support the Paper4trees programme for the Christchurch area. The funding will allow the Trust to purchase native trees for the schools that participated in the Paper4trees initiative in 2011.Tauranga and Christchurch$6,650.00
New Zealand Conservation TrustFunding to purchase electronic adult and chick kiwi diagnostic timers, for the Great Spotted kiwi programme.Christchurch$6,355.00
Windsor SchoolFunding for materials to build a walkway along the school fence that border the playing field. The area will have native trees, herbs and flaxes along with mosaic stepping stones to create a pleasant place where the children can visit.Christchurch$1,200.00
Northern Southland Community Resource CentreFunding to purchase a greenhouse and seedlings for a community garden which is located in the centre of Lumsden.Lumsden/ Invercargill$500.00
Ashburton Cadet Corps AssociationFunding to purchase tramping packs which can be used by cadet members to organise activities.Ashburton$3,000.00
Te Korowai TrustFunding to produce 200 cook books and 600 craft packs which are distributed through Nelson Foodbank, Te Korowai Trust and the Women’s Refuge, Nelson.Wakefield/ Nelson$3,920.00
Girl Guiding New ZealandFunding to purchase personal locator beacons and Freshmap software. The beacons will be loaned out to other guiding groups across New Zealand.Christchurch$2,000.00
Karori Community CentreFunding to purchase a LIFEPAK CR plus AED defibrillation unit for the centre. Many of the people that visit the centre are at medium to high risk of heart failure so access to these facilities is essential.Wellington$2,800.00
Manawatu Women’s Evergreen Softball ClubFunding to purchase playing tops for the Manawatu Women’s Evergreen Softball Club.


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