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Lotto players help significant projects get off the ground

6 March 2014

Lotto players help significant projects get off the ground

Lotto New Zealand today celebrates the awarding of over $28 million in lottery funding, enabling significant community projects across New Zealand to become a reality.

Through the Lottery Grants Board’s Significant Projects Fund, Lotto New Zealand provides support to organisations undertaking major community-based projects.

This morning the Lottery Grants Board announced funding for 12 projects including the development of a Museum of Waitangi, the rebuild of Christchurch’s iconic Isaac Theatre Royal, and the construction of a National Aquatic Centre in Auckland.

Lotto New Zealand Chief Executive Wayne Pickup offered his congratulations to each of the grant recipients and is looking forward to following the progress of these key community projects.

“The positive impact each of these projects will have on New Zealand communities cannot be underestimated, with each one leaving a legacy that will benefit generations to come,” says Mr Pickup.

“We’re proud that profits generated from Lotto support projects, big and small, that benefit our local communities and we’re looking forward to watching each of these projects take shape over the coming months and years.”

Lotto New Zealand’s profits are distributed back into Kiwi communities via the Lottery Grants Board, providing a major source of funding for sport and recreation, arts and culture, environment and heritage, and community projects throughout New Zealand.

“Last year alone Lotto New Zealand transferred over $200 million to the Lottery Grants Board, enabling them to support these noteworthy projects in addition to thousands of smaller community projects across the country.

“Thanks to our players we’ve returned over $3 billion to New Zealand communities since Lotto began in 1987, with approximately 21 cents from every dollar spent on our products going straight back into the community,” says Mr Pickup.

Lotto New Zealand is the sole funder of the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board.

A full list of grant recipients can be found here: www.communitymatters.govt.nz/Latest-updates

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