28th November 2016
The third and final round of Mazda Foundation grants has been awarded for 2016, with more than $64,000 going to charities, community groups and individuals across New Zealand.
Each year the Foundation hosts three funding rounds to help Kiwis in need, having gifted over $2.5 million back to the community since its inception in 2005.
This round, Motutapu Restoration Trust received $7,000 to purchase two portable shade houses and two seed germination tables (cold frames) for the Motutapu Nursery.
Motutapu Restoration Trust Manager, Liz Brooks, says along with thousands of volunteers, the Trust has worked extremely hard over the last 21 years to restore the natural and cultural heritage of Motutapu Island and the new supplies are a vital part of its restoration plan.
“The cold frames will enable us to increase the variety and quantity of our plant production and propagate more of the species that germinate in cool climates, rather than the warmer climate of our glass house.
“These species, the ‘giants’ of the forest, are generally longer lasting trees such as Rimu, Hinau and Matai. They’re not only extremely important to our precious native birds, because they provide a source of food, but they’ll help ensure Motutapu is preserved for many generations to come,” she says.
In time for summer, Surf Life Saving Northern Region, which covers beaches from Raglan to the Far North, received $4335 to purchase a number of new first aid and resuscitation kits to keep up with the increased demand over the busy holiday season.
The new kits will be used to ensure nine of the regions vehicles have the necessary first aid equipment when on patrol, at water safety education programmes and at Surf Sport simulated rescue competitions.
Grants Officer, Barbara Leyland, says last summer its lifeguards carried out 659 rescues, 153 searches and 769 first aid treatments at the region’s beaches.
“The numbers are expected to rise this year and the new equipment puts us in a better position to keep the public safe both on the water and out in the community this summer.”
In the capital, Wellington City MenzShed provides a place where older, and often lonely, men in the community can go to not only meet friends but work together on community projects that teach them new skills and restore their confidence.
Earlier this year its tools and several projects the members were working on were stolen and the men were left with little resources to continue their hard work. They received $2000 to replace the tools, enabling them to continue to create and repair toys and furniture for child care centres and community groups.
Andrew Clearwater, Chairman of the Mazda Foundation says Mazda are delighted to be able to help such a vast range of deserving individuals and organisations throughout New Zealand.
“There’s something really quite special about reaching out and lending a helping hand to those that need it the most. Whether it’s small community initiatives or large environmental projects, we are happy that we can make a difference in one way or another.
“Seeing the enormous amount of good going on in our communities is truly inspirational,” he says.
The Mazda 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 31 March 2017. For more information or to download an application form, visit www.mazdafoundation.org.nz