Mazda Foundation grants benefit Kiwis across the Country

The Mazda Foundation has donated more than $75,000 to 29 individuals and groups from across New Zealand in the largest funding round since 2009.

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

A combination of individuals, education facilities, conservation programs, charities and organisations were granted much needed funding from the foundation.  One plight in particular - that of the NZ Epilepsy Assist Dog Trust – was very deserving of a substantial $15,000, an amount rarely gifted in a single grant.

Based in Auckland, but assisting across the country, NZ Epilepsy Assist Dogs train and provide dogs to people with severe epilepsy.  After years of rigorous training the puppies develop into very special creatures with the ability to assist their owners to lead happier and safer lives both at home and in public.

The grant will cover the expense of training and care for one puppy throughout the entire programme - a very substantial and expensive process, which results in only a small number of puppies undergoing training.

“This is a very generous grant from the Mazda Foundation, one that would have taken us a lot of fundraising efforts to achieve,” says Andrea Hawkless, founder of NZ Epilepsy Assist Dogs Trust.

“Although it is a huge task to prepare one of these puppies for a new home there is nothing like seeing how they change a person’s life who suffers from epilepsy.  The dogs are quite magnificent, providing companionship and independence to their owner, while most importantly keeping them safe when having a seizure and in some instances preventing them all together.”

Another substantial grant went to a Matauri Bay individual who can now live life on the white sandy beaches surrounding her home thanks to the funding to purchase a beach wheelchair.

Eleven year old Davarah Piheme-Williams a sufferer of cerebral palsy, who has nil mobility and is dependent on full-time care, has been granted $5,619.00, so that the family can purchase a ‘Sandcruiser’, enabling her to access the beach.

Karen Williams, Davarah’s grandmother and carer says the ‘Sandcruiser’ wheelchair will allow Davarah to be included in family and local community life.

This grant means so much, now Davarah can spend summers on the beach with her brothers, go on school trips to the coast and most of all live life with sand between her toes, something many of us take for granted.”

Highlighting the foundations motto ‘a little goes a long way’, smaller grants are equally as important and make up the majority of the funding rounds.  One such grant went to Richmond Playcentre in Nelson who are putting the $500 to great use, building an edible garden.  The funds will launch this project by covering the cost of building materials and the first round of seeds and plants including herbs, fruits and vegetables.

“Thanks to the Mazda Foundation we are able to see this idea come to fruition.  We are a very family orientated centre and this garden will give us a fantastic opportunity to have the children and their parents learning and developing together.” says Richmond Playcentre’s Grant Officer, Candice Jooste.

Andrew Clearwater, Chairman of the Mazda Foundation, says the Foundation is happy to be in a position to help such a variety of organisations and individuals across New Zealand.

“This funding round saw an incredible number of diverse causes apply for assistance from all across the country and we are very grateful to be able to provide support to so many this time round.  There is an amazing array of inspirational organisations, community projects and individuals out there in New Zealand and they are all deserving in their own right.

Whether it’s providing a safe companion for someone in need, equipping a young girl to experience life in the sand or bringing families together over a vege patch, it’s always humbling to see just how much great work goes on across the country.”

The Mazda Foundation has now distributed over $1.5million to 439 recipients since its establishment in 2005. The Foundation is funded through a contribution from the sale of every new Mazda in New Zealand.

The closing date for the next round of Mazda Foundation applications is 30 June 2014.  For more information or to download an application form, visit the Mazda Foundation website.

March 2014 Mazda Foundation Recipients



Description of application


Amount $

Liz Carroll-Lowe

Otago Community Hospice

To purchase specialised resources for children experiencing the death of someone they love



Tami-Jo McQueen

CCS Disability Action

To purchase a "Sandcruiser" beach wheelchair for a 11 year old girl with cerebral palsy



Lynne Green

Ngaruawahia Community Care & Crisis Support Trust

Funding to purchase a new office computer



Beverley Jack

Wairarapa Community Centre Trust

Funding for a new desktop computer for use at the Wairarapa Community Volunteer Centre



Alison Murray

Foundation for Youth Development (FYD) Wellington

To purchase two digital cameras for students to record activities, challenges and achievements while undertaking program

Lower Hutt


Candice Jooste

Richmond Play centre

Funding to purchase materials for an edible garden project, teaching children how to grow organic produce



Wanita Astle

Lumsden Play centre

To purchase a Castello Bambino moveable overhead ladder and bases kitset for play centre



John Robinson

Challenge 2000 Trust

Funding to purchase ongoing timber and other building materials for youths referred from CYFS to complete small building projects



Christine Milliner


To purchase a Dexcom G4 continuous glucose meter for 6 year old daughter to self manage Type 1 diabetes and coeliac disease



Amanda Reid

Te Ara Korowai

To purchase a glass display cabinet and install lighting to display artwork created by artists who attend an art programme run by the centre



Jana Solc

Stokes Valley Playcentre

Funding to purchase two new landing mats/crash pads to be placed under swings frames to keep children safe

Lower Hutt


Letitia McRitchie

Stewart Island/Rakiura Community & Environment Trust

Funding towards the project cost for the Kiwi Advocacy Project to protect kiwi birds from the threats of cats and dogs

Stewart Island


Ailene Davies

Youthline Palmerston North

To purchase a desktop computer to be used by youth workers to create documents and training manuals

Palmerston North


Anne Barrowclough

Garden to Table Trust

Funding to purchase a laminator, pouches and consumables to laminate planting and harvesting guides for each school garden



Andrea Hawkless

NZ Epilepsy Assist Dog Trust

Funding to train and care for one puppy to assist someone with severe epilepsy



Andrea Kinley

Ashburton Cadet Corps Association

Financial assistance to purchase field equipment (compasses) to carry out training for cadets



Joyce Scott


Funding to purchase a Bi Pap ventilation machine and spare battery to manage limb girdle muscular dystrophy

Palmerston North


Natasha Raupi

Firth Primary School

Funding to purchase Junior Resources to enable teachers to deliver a higher quality of teaching on a broad range of math activities



Cath Dickey

City of Auckland Singers

Funding to purchase jackets with logo worn by 30 community choir singers from different cultures and backgrounds

Manukau City


Noel Morrison

Ambury Park Centre

Funding to purchase 4 Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 tablets for educational purposes



Kate Dowling

Te Marua/Mangaroa Playcentre

To purchase a science display/storage cabinet to carry out science activities

Upper Hutt


Debbie Hamill

Hauraki Thames Disability Advocacy Action Support Group

Financial assistance to provide morning tea for the elderly and people with disabilities at gatherings run by two disabled women



Shona Stephens

Linton Camp School

To purchase 70 uniforms for school Kapa Haka group

Palmerston North


Brenda Williams

Waitoki School

Funding to purchase and cover installation of "Library/Learning" Hub desktop computers



Sarah O'Bryan

Sustaining Hawkes Bay Trust

To purchase two touchscreen computers at Hawkes Bay Environment Centre for public to access environmental information



Evan Bloomfield

Lower Shotover Conservation Trust

Funding to purchase 4 automated traps to target possums, stoats and rats to control these predators



Fleur Corbett

Guardians of the Bay of Islands Inc.

Funding to purchase restoration and first aid equipment for children to participate in an ecological restoration project

Bay of Islands


Bridget Murphy

Literacy Aotearoa Wellington

Funding to purchase laptop computers for a learning program Tu Maia (Stand Strong) for adults who are unable to access learning options



Ryan Trounce

Ruakaka Surf Life Saving Patrol Inc.

Funding to purchase an all-terrain beach trailer to replace current model which is beyond repair



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