Mazda Foundation makes a difference across the country

10 November 2014

The Mazda Foundation has donated more than $54,000 to 27 individuals and groups across New Zealand in the final round of donations for the year, making 2014 the largest funding year since 2009.

The Mazda Foundation has now distributed over $1.7million and holds three rounds of distributions each year selecting New Zealanders, community groups and charities that are in need of support.

A combination of education facilities, conservation programs, individuals, and organisations were granted much needed funding in this latest round of distributions, including Recreate NZ, which offer a unique range of adventure programs to disabled youth.  The organisation received $3,000 to purchase a shuttle trailer for their Auckland branch to carry participants’ gear to their various adventure activities organised by the charity, which include camping, white water rafting, and caving.

Recreate NZ run over 200 programs a year for their Auckland participants but also operate programs in Christchurch.  Many of the camps and getaway trips travel all over New Zealand, from Cape Reinga in the far north to Queenstown in the South Island.

The organisation ensures that those who take part are able to enjoy New Zealand’s beautiful surroundings and adventure tourism safely, but this is only possible by providing secure transport, as well as a means of carrying personal gear, food and equipment.

“This grant from the Mazda Foundation will make a huge difference to our adventure programs,” says Brent Jenkin, General Manager, Recreate NZ.

“Now we don’t have worry about the cost of hiring trailers every time and these savings can be passed on to benefit the development of our camping trips and other activities.”  

Another grant went to the New Zealand Conservation Trust (NZCT), a Christchurch based charity that is dedicated to the conservation, education and breeding of New Zealand endemic species, focusing particularly on the kiwi.

NZCT received $6,835 towards upgrading the lighting in their kiwi nocturnal house.  The nocturnal house gives visitors a first-hand experience of seeing a kiwi up close, something very few people ever get to do in the wild.

Strategically placed, improved lighting will make it as close to the kiwi’s natural environment as possible.  The lighting will also enhance the visitors’ experience as they watch the unique birds forage for worms among trees, grasses and plants.

“We’re really grateful to the Mazda Foundation for this grant as it’s an important job protecting our national icon,” says Janet Hellyer, Resource and Education Coordinator, NZCT.

“The nocturnal house is an ideal opportunity for us to educate visitors as well as being a wonderful way to advocate for the kiwi.  Upgrading the lighting will mean that this will be one of the best kiwi viewing facilities in NZ.”

Andrew Clearwater, Chairman of the Mazda Foundation says he is always astounded by amount of organisations, projects and individuals working hard and making a difference.

“The final funding round for this year saw a large number of causes apply for grants and we are incredibly privileged to have been able to help so many.  2014 has proven to be fantastic year for the foundation which has granted its largest amount in the last five years to a variety of charities and organisations from across the country.”

Whether it’s supporting the disabled youth or protecting our national icon, it’s always astounding to see just how much great work goes on across the country.”

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 2015.  For more information or to download an application form, visit Mazda Foundation.

Please see below for a full list of Mazda Foundation grant recipients.



Description of application



Denise Lankshear

Kahikatea Kindergarten

Funding to purchase another worm farm, replace broken compost bin and purchase an additional compost bin

New Plymouth


Greg Smith

To purchase six Scribblers (Robots) to provide free computer access for the low income community



Janet Hellyer

New Zealand Conservation Trust

Funding towards a portion of the cost of upgrading lighting in the kiwi nocturnal house



Trudy Hastie

Goldfields Kindergarten

Funding assistance to purchase Linking Equipment to provide stimulating physical experiences for kids in the playground

South Otago


Bruce Wills

Hawkes Bay SPCA

Funding to purchase a printer/copier to print educational and promotional materials on animal welfare matters



Kate Sanderson

Foundation for Youth Development

Funding towards a new HP ProBook laptop for newly appointed Relationship Manager to carry out her services efficiently



Neil Fraser

Ngatea Primary School

Funding to replace bark on the surface of the school playground area to provide a safe outdoor environment



Barbara Leyland

Surf Life Saving Northern Region

Funding to purchase two sets of demonstration "Between The Flags" purpose built poles for use in school water safety education



Emma Crofskey

Fitzroy Surf Lifesaving Club

Funding to purchase 12 new rescue tubes and new red san yellow patrol flags to carry out volunteer lifeguard patrol service

New Plymouth


Robert Webb

Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre Inc

Funding to have new blinds installed in the recovery rooms



Jenna Garrett

Headway Brain Injury Ass BOP

Funding to purchase new corflute signs/pull out banner used at health and education expos to promote brain injury awareness



Emma Hon

Okaihau Playcentre

Funding to purchase MTA Modern Teaching aids mathematics resources

Far North


Paula Thompson

Northern Southland Community resource Centre

Purchase seeds, compost, tools for Lumsden community garden



Charles Enoka

Pasifika Migrant Services

Purchase a new laptop and camera to develop a database of new immigrants



Donna Hedley

Alzheimer’s Society (Manawatu)

Some of application missing but request to purchase of 10 Wanatrack Pendants

Palmerston North


Stephanie Ryall

Water Safe Auckland Inc

Equipment such as rescue tubes, pull buoys, boogies boards, goggles, fins etc. to help deliver Summer water safe programmes



Trudi Gracey

St Joseph's School Rangiora

Funding for a portable sound system



Caroline Strik

Normandale Playcentre

Part funding of repair of playcentre flooring

Lower Hutt


Brenda Williams

Owairaka District School

As part of enviro programme funding for 4 tumbleweed compost tumblers



Roanna Funcke

Christchurch School of Music

Purchase of a sound system for concert use



Kylie Gibbard

Royal NZ Plunket Society Manawatu Area

Funding for bark for Ashhurst Plunkets under 5's community playground area

Palmerston North


Catherine Lesley Smith

Age Concern Rodney Inc

Funding for a Christmas concert for the oldies - grant to cover hall hire, performers gifts, transport and a sumptuous afternoon tea



Mary Ann Lamberton

Peachgrove Playcentre

Funding for the purchase of plants and materials of a wilderness area at the playcentre



Brent Jenkin

Recreate NZ

Funding to purchase a Briford shuttle trailer to carry disabled participants gear on adventure programmes



Megan Melvin

Fit Future

Equipment costs for 8 participants to take part in a 16 week exercise and nutrition programme



Alice Laws

Blueskin Playcentre

Funding for plants etc. for vegetable garden



Kurt Bowen

St Patrick's Scout Group

Funding to purchase radio and archery equipment



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