Grant Recipients

It’s the healthy heartbeat of local communities that keeps this country strong. And at the heart of Mazda is a desire to give back to the community. That’s why we established the Mazda Foundation.

The Mazda Foundation acts upon the firm belief that we can only pave the way for a brighter tomorrow by laying the groundwork today. Three rounds of funding are carried out each year to individuals and organisations for environmental, educational, employment and skills development, cultural and community projects.

2017

June

June

Discovery Foundation

The Discovery Foundation received $1,816.97 for a new laptop and software to help extend its programmes to include primary aged children through to teenagers. The non-for-profit charity provides young people with the skills, tools and strategies to help them deal with life’s challenges and encouraging them to live their life to the full. The foundation …

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June

The Operating Theatre Trust

The Operating Theatre Trust received $1,500 to take 40 children from Kelston Deaf Education Centre to a sign language interpreted performance of Mrs Wishy-Washy by Joy Cowley. The theatre ran similar sign language interpreted performances earlier this year and the demand was so great they wanted to offer the performances to more children. The project …

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June

Kramer Hoeflich

Auckland’s Kramer Hoeflich, who was left disabled after an accident five years ago, received $2,743.97 to purchase a new laptop to support his initiative to help young people facing disabilities. After becoming wheelchair bound due to his accident, Kramer suffered from low self-esteem, depression and isolation and came across other young people suffering in the …

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June

Graham Rusbatch

Tarana Hanif Munmun, a 20-year-old student who is confined to a wheelchair, has received $3,500 to lend her a financial “helping hand” as she studies an engineering degree.     Graham and Ingrid Rusbatch, friends of Tarana, applied for the grant on her behalf. They met one day when Graham helped Tarana and a friend who …

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June

Kaukapakapa School

Kaukapakapa School received $1,100 to purchase 25 ukuleles for music lessons and class performances. These instruments will encourage student’s creativity as the school works to provide them with a wide range of skills and experiences. The ukuleles will teach the students basic chords, knowledge of songs and music, as well as develop creativity and encourage …

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June

Delta Community Support Trust

The Christchurch-based trust is dedicated to providing low income and disadvantaged people with life skills to help increase their quality of life. It received $886.65 for a joint project it is doing along with the Community Gardens Project to offer free courses as part of the Grow Your Own Free Lunch Programme. The grant from …

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June

Marlborough Riding for the Disabled

Marlborough Riding for the Disabled received $700 to purchase a new oven for its staff room. The non-profit organisation gives disabled people in the community the opportunity to engage in therapeutic horse riding and horse-related activity. The organisation is run solely by volunteers who provide interaction with horses for people with physical, intellectual, and social …

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June

Deaf Aotearoa Holdings Ltd

Deaf Aotearoa received $5,272.08 to purchase 12 video cameras, tripods and memory cards to produce videos that translate everything from current events and civil defence information into sign language. Deaf Aotearoa provides services such as employment assistance and training for deaf people across New Zealand.

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June

Waihopai Playcentre

Waihopai Playcentre in Invercargill has received $937.25 to fund new equipment for its science and environment area to encourage children to learn as they play and have fun. The family focused centre is run by parents, providing the children with a warm and welcoming environment to enable them to develop into confident independent learners. The …

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June

Our Hut Hall Taha Kopa

Our Hut – Tahakopa is a much-loved community space in the Catlins and it has received $499.52 to go towards improving the lighting system inside the building. The poor lighting in the hall means it cannot be used at night, but despite this, the committee has been determined to replace the lights in time to …

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June

Pandemonium

Pandemonium, a non-profit group based in Christchurch, aims to educate youth about music, musical instruments and the history of music. It has received $2,016 to go towards replacing a speaker used for performances, and to buy a set of bongo drums. The group previously had to borrow bongo drums for classes and performances, which proved …

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June

Waikato Community Hospice Trust

Hamilton-based Waikato Community Hospice Trust offers a free home support service for patients in Hamilton, Cambridge and Ngaruawahia. It received $2,525.40 to purchase four shower chairs for its service. Nurses from the hospice made more than 6000 home visits last year to provide specialised care for patients at a challenging and emotional time in theirs, …

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June

Hamilton North School

Hamilton North School student Bree Wharehoka, who suffers from a rare neurological disorder, has received a $4,827.70 grant towards a customised trike. Bree has Rhett Syndrome which impacts on her development and means her movement is very limited. She needs to use a wheelchair if she is going further than 200m and the trike will …

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June

Whitby Toy Library

Whitby Toy Library has received $920.59 to replace toys that have become unsafe and outdated. The toy library provides toys for hire to families in the Porirua area. This is a great opportunity for families who cannot afford to purchase these toys that aim to improve social, mental and physical development. The grant will allow …

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June

St James Sea Scouts Group

Wellington’s St James Sea Scouts have received $1886.00 to purchase new spinnaker sails for two of their new custom-built boats. The Scout group has been sailing the Hutt River since 1945 and prior to the purchase of these new boats the oldest in their fleet was 60. The Lower North Island Sea Scouts are hosting …

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June

Kaiden Farmer

A Nelson family has received $3,000 towards purchasing a trike for 10-year-old Kaiden Farmer. Kaiden was born with a chromosomal abnormality which means he requires help with daily activities, including assistance to walk. This also means he is unable to ride a standard bike however Trikes NZ is customising a trike for Kaiden to allow …

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June

Shannon & Districts Playcentre Inc

Shannon & Districts Playcentre has received $1,038.75 to educate children about music and the arts. The grant will allow the parent led facility to purchase everything from costumes and instruments to puppets and puzzles. The multicultural early childhood centre is also using the grant to purchase cultural items that will allow the children to learn …

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June

Central North Island Kindergarten Trust

Central North Island Kindergarten Trust has received $2,000 to help transform Tairua Kindergarten’s grounds into a sustainable learning environment. Their vision is to encourage the children to eat healthily by setting them up with skills to grow their own food and with the knowledge about how to care for it. The grant will go towards …

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June

Rotorua SPCA

The Rotorua SPCA has received $242.61 to go towards purchasing a microchip scanner that will enable them to identify lost or stray pets and reunite them with their families. This vital piece of equipment will allow the SPCA to quickly notify owners of their lost pets and save money by reducing the time an animal …

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June

Greta Valley Village Residents Association

Greta Valley Village residents in North Canterbury received $2,500 to help transform the Tipapa Stream Reserve into a thriving recreational area. The residents are working to clear the reserve of weeds to replant native trees and improve the health of Tipapa Stream. The grant will go towards signage and seating in the area which will …

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June

The Boyle Village Conservation Group

The Boyle Village Conservation Group in Canterbury received $3,167.50 to buy pest traps to help complete an important phase in its Bring Back the Birds campaign. The grant will cover the purchase and installation of 21 new stoat, rat and possum traps in an effort to encourage native birdlife to return to the area on …

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June

Charlie McKendry

Six-year-old Auckland boy Charlie McKendry received $4,301 for his very own specialised sports buggy. Charlie is a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy who also suffers from epilepsy and his new buggy will allow him more freedom to enjoy the outdoors. The new trike will give Charlie independence, enable him to exercise, increase his mobility and enjoy …

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June

Project Jonah

Environmental group Project Jonah, received $549 to purchase a camera to document the emergency aid they provide to stranded and injured whales throughout NZ. The new camera will allow them to capture photos of the dorsal fins of stranded whales. This unique identification method plays a significant role in the studies researchers are doing right …

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June

Youth Search and Rescue Tauranga

Youth Search and Rescue Tauranga, a volunteer organisation that equips youths with skills to navigate New Zealand’s outdoor environment, has received $1,000. The organisation trains youth extensively teaching them first aid, water safety and leadership skills. The group, who volunteer at a range of events such as The Papamoa Hills Night Walk for breast cancer …

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June

The Northland Golf Club

The Save the Kereru project at the Northland Golf Club has received $9,852.55 to plant native plants and shrubs around the golf course. The project aims to encourage the Kereru, New Zealand’s native wood pigeon, back into the area after a noticeable decline in the number of birds. The bush management project will not only …

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June

Georgina Allen

Six-year-old Georgina Allen and her family have received $2,000 towards life changing surgery in the US that will dramatically improve her quality of life. Georgina suffers from a rare form of cerebral palsy called spastic diplegia and the surgery will help to treat the highly “spastic” nerves in her spine.  As Georgina grows older, she …

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June

The Cerebral Palsy Society of NZ

The Cerebral Palsy Society of NZ received $5,727 to purchase two trikes for its getOnYourTrike programme. The programme gives children with cerebral palsy the chance to have access to a customised trike, which allows them to exercise, increases their mobility and most importantly, gives them their independence. The programme has recently grown in popularity and …

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March

March

Young and Hungry Arts Trust

Young and Hungry Arts Trust received $355 from the Mazda Foundation to purchase a GPS navigational system and portable speakers for their annual national tour of secondary schools. For the past 23 years the Young and Hungry Arts Trust have mentored young people aged from 15 to 25 in all aspects of theatre. The 2017 …

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March

Surf Life Saving Northern Region

Surf Life Saving Northern Region received $523.25 to replace four safety helmets for its lifeguards, who often operate in extreme conditions around hazardous coastal areas. To date lifeguards in the Northern region have carried out 239 rescues, 104 searches, 738 first aid treatments, and 28,653 preventative actions involving 92,396 members of the public. The helmets …

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March

Whangarei Primary School

A key part of Whangarei Primary School’s focus is to teach students the principles of tikanga Māori, which the children are passionate about. The school received $4,515 to purchase new Kapa Haka uniforms which will allow more students to join the programme. The new piupiu, bodice skirts, dress shirts and skirts, and headbands will not …

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March

Tauranga District Riding for the Disabled

Tauranga District Riding for the Disabled provides a unique form of therapy called ‘Hippotherapy’ (Hippo meaning horse), which includes riding, horsemanship and vocational skills. The organisation received $1,769.75 to purchase 12 coloured plastic poles, arena letter markers and new jump stands to replace old equipment. The plastic coloured poles will improve the riding sessions, as …

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March

Safe Surfer

Safe Surfer, a Bay of Plenty organisation dedicated to educating children about cyber safety, received $2,000 to create a kid’s book about staying safe online. The charitable trust provides families with resources such as filtering interfaces (IoT), apps, and educational advice to help ensure people and children are safe when they are on the internet …

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March

Otorohanga Riding for the Disabled

Otorohanga Riding for the Disabled received $816 to purchase new jump stands to be used to take riders to the next level in their riding sessions. Riding and interaction with horses is therapeutic for people with disabilities as it develops independence and self-worth. The jump stands will allow the organisation to advance some of their …

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March

Lisa Jessop

Lisa Jessop from Hamilton requires driving lessons so she can get her driver’s licence to transport her three-year-old daughter, Anita, who is living with a life-limiting illness. She received $700 to cover 10 lessons, which will help her on her way to getting her full licence which will greatly enhance her daughter’s quality of life. …

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March

Auckland & District Pipe Band

The Auckland & District Pipe Band received $2,442 for acoustic panelling to help improve the quality of its rehearsal space at Victoria Park. While the band practice outside when the weather allows, the acoustic dampening panels will create an ideal space to conduct practices indoor, rain or shine. The band rely on community funding to …

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March

The Actors’ Program

The Actors’ Program, a central Auckland course run by some of New Zealand’s top actors and teachers, has received $3,394 to replace its old office computers with two new ones. The program is unique because it’s main aim is to give its actors the tools they need to make it in the competitive stage and …

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March

The No.19 Squadron Air Training Corps

The No.19 Squadron Air Training Corps from Point Chevalier in Auckland received $2,299.99 to purchase 10 Macpac rain jackets as part of its ongoing focus on providing top quality clothing for its cadets. The squadron is building up a supply of clothing to ensure the safety of cadets when they’re participating in outdoor activities and …

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March

Sebastian Bray

Two-year-old Sebastian Bray from Auckland lives with Down Syndrome, which affects his ability to process audio tones, delaying his speech and language development. He received $3,000 to purchase The Listening Program, a specially designed auditory intervention system that uses music and sound as listening therapy, that will help Sebastian at a critical time in his …

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March

Coversham Toy Library

Coversham Toy Library in Dunedin received $944.66 to purchase a range of sensory and toddler music toys, to provide children with a basic understanding of touch, sight, sound and movement. The library supplies toys to around 230 children in the local community, and the new sensory toys will be an important resource, particularly for children …

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March

The Spinal Cord Society New Zealand

The Spinal Cord Society New Zealand received $1,782 to purchase office supplies to continue their work to discover a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. The grant will cover the cost of a new work station, including a computer, desk and office chair, for a research technician who is returning from maternity leave. It also means …

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March

Jason Matthews

Auckland resident, Jason Matthews, received $6,000 this funding round, following a special grant of $10,000 in 2016, to continue his dream of becoming a professional major league baseball player in the USA. The 20-year-old is one of New Zealand’s top young baseball prospects with a junior scholarship at South Eastern Community College, Iowa, USA. But …

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March

Makoura Community Early childhood centre

Makoura Community Early childhood centre in Masterton received $991.43 to purchase new outdoor resources for their children’s learning. The not-for-profit centre supports 25 young people from the nearby Wairarapa teen parent unit, and a further 25 children as part of community placements, to support mothers in low socioeconomic areas.      The grant will fund an …

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March

Stratford Parents Centre

Stratford Parents Centre received $381.97 towards buying art supplies for children who attend their playgroups to learn with and enjoy. Children up to the age of five can attend their playgroup sessions which aim to educate people on bringing up their children through play. The centre’s positive parenting education is a vital part of the …

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March

Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust

Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust received $2,244.93 to fund chain reaction collars and mushroom push buttons for the training of mobility dogs. The durable purpose collars help the dogs perform in comfort and the mushroom push buttons are a training tool that teaches the dogs how to open a disabled toilet door. The Mobility Assistance Dogs …

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March

Anna Lavender

11-year-old Mikey Lavender from Christchurch, who suffers from Downs Syndrome, received $1,399 funding from the Mazda Foundation for a specialised Trike. As a result of his syndrome, Mikey has reduced strength, coordination, balance and finds new activities challenging and difficult. Mikey’s specialised Trike will enable him to build strength and cognitive ability, as well as …

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March

Sandra Poff

Rorie Poff from Christchurch, who suffers from Severe Haemophilia and Cerebral Palsy, received $2,414 funding to purchase a trike to assist with his movement. The new trike will be Rorie’s main form of transport and is specially designed for him to improve his coordination and remove pain in his knees and joints, which are a …

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March

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra

The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, who performs to more than 120,000 people a year, has received $982 towards music hire for a family performance of Lemony Snickets novel The Composer is Dead. The fun and educational mystery will introduce over 700 parents and children to the wonders of orchestral music. The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra aims to …

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March

Robofest Christchurch

Robofest is a Lego robotic competition where Christchurch primary schools’ robotic teams come together to compete in robotic challenges. Robofest received $213.49 funding from the Mazda Foundation to go towards judge’s jackets and medals for winners. The challenges vary in difficulty, from making your robot move through obstacles to controlling your robot to fetch and …

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March

Russley School

Russley School incorporates Lego and robots in their schooling to encourage students to learn the basics of robot programming using a computer and Lego robots. They received $3,091 from the foundation to purchase 4 Lego EV3 Robots to update and enhance the programme for current and future students. The programme is offered to students in …

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March

Bikers Against Child Abuse Canterbury

Bikers Against Child Abuse Canterbury received $460 funding towards vests and backpacks (filled with colouring books, pencils and teddy bears), for children in troubled environments. The organisation works alongside local and state officials to help prevent child abuse and create safer environments for children who have been victims of abuse. The backpacks and personalised vests …

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March

The Operating Theatre Trust

Takapuna’s Operating Theatre Trust has received $1,500 for a project to stage two special sign language performances of The Great Piratical Rumbustification for 40 students from the Kelston Deaf Education Centre. The theatre ran similar sign language interpreted performances last year and the demand was so great they wanted to offer the performances to more …

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March

Bayview Primary School

The “Bee Boys” from Bayview School received a $2,105.68 grant to set up a beehive for their school. The Bee Boys have been learning about the life cycle and habitats of bees at school and how they are endangered and wanted to do something to help. The Bees will also aid the growth of the …

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March

North Rodney Blue Light Ventures

North Rodney Blue Light Ventures has received $1,528.90 to purchase 30 branded tops for volunteers to wear at their Blue Light camps and programmes. More than 1500 young people in the Rodney community benefit from their volunteer-run programmes each year. The trusts main aim is to reduce youth crime, improve community safety and build a …

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March

Dingle Foundation Canterbury

Hornby High School students have received a $3,000 grant to replant an area of native bush that was destroyed in the Port Hills Fires. The grant will go towards purchasing native trees for Victoria Park reserve that was burnt in the fires. The initiative is led by the Dingle Foundation Canterbury, whose programmes are designed …

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March

New Zealand Conservation Trust

The New Zealand Conservation Trust Kiwi Breeding Centre in Christchurch received $3,704 to replace vinyl flooring and purchase an instant hot water unit for its kiwi incubation room. The vinyl floor in the incubation room helps to maintain bio-security in the area and ensures that there are no contaminants passed onto either the kiwi eggs …

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March

Life Education Trust

The Life Education Trust Rodney has received $7,940 to purchase 6,300 workbooks to help children learn about everything from self-esteem to food and nutrition. Together with their mascot, Harold the Giraffe, the trust aims to educate primary school children in the Rodney District to make healthy choices and tackle issues around alcohol, drugs and bullying. …

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2016

September

September

Sam Davy

Seven-year-old Sam Davy is one of only two children in New Zealand born with a rare condition known as MMIHS. MMIHS is a disease which affects the development of the intestines, meaning Sam has to be fed through a tube, which has led to severe side effects such as kidney and bladder problems. Due to …

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September

Sarah Holten

West Harbour resident Sarah Holten, suffers from Rett Syndrome, a neurological disorder which affects her ability to speak, walk and use her hands meaning she is confined to a wheel chair and requires 24-hour care. Sarah received $1,216 to purchase art suppliers and eye tracker software to help her pursue her dream of becoming a …

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September

Aotea Sea Scout Group

The Aotea Sea Scouts provide out of school education and fun learning activities for children aged 6-18. The organisation teaches their scouts about water safety, boating, kayaking, sailing and land skills. They received $4,850 to go towards buying tents for their end of year Jamboree training and development camp. The scout’s 10-day camp attracts 4000 …

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September

Cool Bananas Youthwork Trust

Cool Bananas works to positively impact youth in the community through their in-school programs that run in 16 primary schools in the Tauranga/Bay of Plenty region, school holiday programs and annual adventure camp. To finish off each year the Cool Bananas team tours the Tauranga area for three weeks visiting schools with a fun filled …

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September

Buller’s BHS Robotics Club

The Robotics Club at Buller High School is a group of 20 students who attend four competitions around New Zealand each year, which empowers students and allows them to experience the world of robotics and computer sciences and where it can lead them in the future. They received $5,225 for the purchase of 10 laptops …

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September

Hospice Waikato

Hospice Waikato received $3,670 to contribute to the purchase of four power lift chairs to help provide comfort and quality of life to patients at a time of great need. Following a change to the Waikato region’s palliative care service, the Inpatient Unit (IPU) at the hospice is the region’s main provider of care for …

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September

Fielding Playcentre

A $975 grant from the Mazda Foundation means the Fielding Playcentre is able to purchase taps and other plumbing fittings for an outdoor science area it has created. It has been a valuable addition to the playcentre, helping it meet its curriculum learning objectives as well as teaching tamariki to value and protect the natural …

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September

Regal Rover Scout Crew

Regal Rover Scout Crew received $3,599 to purchase four tents for use on camping trips and outdoor projects. The new tents will help with team training, and enable the crew members to step out of their comfort zones and take part in fun educational challenges. The first assignment for the new tents will be the …

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September

Arts Access Aotearoa

Arts Access Aotearoa was gifted $2,856 to purchase a new computer as part of an upgrade of its IT equipment. The not-for-profit organisation works to increase access to the arts for people with physical, sensory, or intellectual impairments.

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September

Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust

Porirua’s Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust received $1,246 to purchase two sets of bongos, a crash cymbal and a key xylophone to provide percussion lessons for children. Established in 2013, the trust provides free instruments and tuition to students from low-decile schools, in the aim of teaching children in the community the art of making music.

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September

Leeston Playcentre

Leeston Playcentre, in the small rural town of Leeston, has been awarded $1,263 for the purchase of wooden toys for its under twos play area. The whanau focussed, non-profit early childhood centre is run by parents on a volunteer basis and takes pride in providing free play and self-choice education. The wooden toys will benefit …

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September

Casa Dei Bambini Foundation School

Casa Dei Bambini Foundation School received $616 to replace essential pieces of educational equipment – a set of Geometric Solids and a Pink Tower. The Montessori school, which started 26 years ago, is located in a red zone area of Christchurch city and as a result of its ongoing support of the local community, it …

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September

Gianni van Niekerk

Gianni van Niekerk from Botany Downs was born with Hemiplegia Cerebral Palsy, which results in her having limited use of the right side of her body and problems with balance. Gianna’s family received $3,100 to purchase a Hase Trike, enabling her to go bike riding with her friends and lead a more active life. The …

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September

Waitakere Japanese Supplementary School

Waitakere Japanese Supplementary School (WJSS) is a not-for-profit, after-school programme for children who have migrated from Japan, or have Japanese heritage, who want to maintain and improve their native language. The School received $968 to go towards venue and audio equipment hire and sports materials for their annual sporting event Undo Kai. Undo Kai is …

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September

Motutapu Restoration Trust

The Motutapu Restoration Trust have been working for over 21 years to restore the natural and cultural landscape of Motutapu Island. They received $7,000 to purchase two portable shade houses and two seed germination tables (cold frames) for the Motutapu Nursery. The cold frames will enable the trust to increase the variety and quantity of …

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September

The Operating Theatre Trust

The Operating Theatre Trust aims to create and make top-quality New Zealand theatre accessible to all children and young people, inspiring in them a love of performing arts. They received $1,132 to cover the cost of sending 25 children from the Kelston Deaf Education Centre to the annual Tim Bray Santa Clause show with an …

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September

Surf Life Saving Northern Region

Northern lifeguards carried out 659 rescues, 153 searches, 769 first aid treatments and 37,673 preventative actions over the 2014/15 season, involving a total of 127,734 members of the public. They received $4,335 to fund four first aid kits and two resuscitation kits, assisting them in keeping the public in our community safe on the water …

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September

Melville High School

Hamilton’s Melville High School received $3,043 to purchase a defibrillator for use in an emergency. The school has two students with heart conditions and several older staff members, so a defibrillator is an essential piece of life saving equipment for the school to have on hand. Being a decile 4 school, with a growing roll …

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September

Highland Home Christian Camp

Highland Home Christian Camp in Ashhurst received $4,339 to buy 10 new BMX bikes and helmets for children who attend the camp to ride during their stay. The camp has 15 older BMX bikes but they are in constant need of maintenance and not suitable for younger riders. The addition of the new bikes will …

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September

Manawatu Multiple Sclerosis Society

Receiving $500 from the Mazda Foundation will mean the Manawatu Multiple Sclerosis Society can purchase a data projector to help it educate people about the disease. The organisation’s field workers do many presentations in the community and up until now it has borrowed a projector to help cut costs. Having its own projector will mean …

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September

Wellington City MenzShed

Wellington City MenzShed received $2000 to replace stolen tools, enabling them to continue to create and repair toys and furniture for child care centres and community groups. MenzShed provides a place where older, often lonely, men go to meet friends and work together on community projects that teach them new skills and restore their confidence. …

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September

1st Wainuiomata Scout Group

With the national Scout Jamboree coming up over the New Year, 1st Wainuiomata Scout Group received $2,771 funding to go towards food and health and safety items for the annual camp. The funding will help the scout group cover the costs of sending its 26 members and nine leaders to Renwick in Marlborough for the …

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September

The Portobello Broad Bay Playcentre

The Portobello Broad Bay Playcentre, located halfway along the Otago Peninsula near Dunedin, received $1,973 to purchase new musical instruments for the children to develop non-verbal skills. The playgroup is a parent-led centre that places extra emphasis on growing through meaningful play based learning and encourages children to explore and experiment. The refreshed instruments will …

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September

Rosebank Kindergarten

Rosebank Kindergarten in South Otago received $1,000 to fit out its technology room with children’s furniture. The Kindergarten believes learning through play is essential for a child’s development and endeavours to make learning fun for the children. The new furniture will provide the finishing touch to the technology room where ICT is used as a …

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June

June

Napier Women’s Refuge Inc.

Napier Women’s Refugee Inc received $2,658 to purchase a new computer for the Refuge House to replace the current one which is old and cannot keep up with the speed, new software programs and internet required to get crucial tasks done. The organisation helps around 200 women and their children each year escape from domestic …

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June

St Joseph’s Primary School

St Joseph’s Primary School in Opunake received $810 to purchase a set of 20 ukuleles to be used by year three and four students in class music lessons. The students have the opportunity to learn music outside of school, however realising that many families were struggling financially to pay for external lessons, the school decided …

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June

Christchurch School of Music

The Christchurch School of Music received $5,792 to purchase violin and cello cases needed to protect their instruments when moving them to different environments for practise, solo recitals, indoor concerts and outdoor events. The school believes in providing musical education for all young people regardless of their financial situation and prides itself in supplying quality …

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June

Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson of Paraparaumu lives with tinnitus, a condition which has left her with permanent ringing ears, as well as hyperacusis and misophenia which together make her over sensitive to noise. The 18-year-old received $3,815 to help her purchase an advanced microphone system that will allow her to concentrate better in class activities at the …

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June

Bruce McLaren Intermediate School

Bruce McLaren School received $4,071 to purchase scroll saws, drills, batteries and a class set of earmuffs for students to use during Hard Materials Technology classes. The classes provide students with a unique learning experience and help them develop essential skills, learn how to safely use real power tools and accomplish difficult and challenging tasks. …

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June

Mobility Assistance Dogs

Mobility Assistance Dogs in Henderson received $1,609 to purchase 10 dog crates for transporting mobility dogs to members of the community with physical disabilities. The not-for-profit organisation aims to enhance the lives of people living with long-term physical disabilities by providing mobility dogs to increase their independence, confidence and participation in the community. This year …

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June

Bellevue School

Bellevue School in Wellington received $1,925 to provide buses to transport the whole school to water safety education at Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Club. Water safety education is designed to educate children on how to stay safe and enjoy themselves around water, and in turn works to reduce New Zealand’s drowning statistics. The school’s beach …

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June

Damian Duffy

Wellington resident, Damian Duffy lives with Muscular Dystrophy, a degenerative muscle condition which impacts his mobility, energy levels and lifespan. Damian received $3,000 towards obtaining an assistance dog to help him gain more independence, increase confidence and become more active in the community. Among a number of tasks, the mobility dog will support Damian with …

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June

The Common Unity Project

The Common Unity Project received $5,635 towards equipment for the Beeple Honey Collective which aims to educate people on the importance of bees and provide free honey to the community. The project creates hives which are then leased to people throughout the Hutt Valley region, with experienced beekeepers to assist the amateur honey makers in …

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June

Warkworth Playcentre

Warkworth Playcentre, received $1,124 to purchase equipment to construct a Discovery Zone. The Zone will foster investigative and creative learning with new materials and will include a storage unit, exploratory table, light box, and investigative tools. The early childcare facility, will use the new area as part of Te Whariki, the core curriculum framework for …

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June

Zaina Almesfer

20-year-old Zaina Almesfer from Whitford, Auckland lives with Angelman Syndrome, a non-progressive neurogenic disorder that affects her intellectual ability, speech, movement and balance. Zaina’s family received $7,213 to purchase a two-person trike, enabling her to explore the local community safely with her parents. The new two-person trike will be extremely beneficial to Zaina’s development, not …

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June

Edgecumbe Playcentre

Edgecumbe Playcentre received $1,188 to update their imaginative play and dress up area with costumes, face paint and brushes. The parent-led early childcare centre encourages children and whanau to learn and grow together in child led learning through play. The new costumes will be used in role play, a key area of learning to help …

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June

Headway Brain Injury Association

Headway Brain Injury Association in Mount Maunganui received $1,299 to replace their broken desktop computer. This essential tool enables the liaison officer to communicate effectively with people and those in the community affected by brain injury. The association assists individuals with brain injury, their families and carers to achieve a better quality of life and …

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June

The House of Science in Tauranga

The House of Science in Tauranga aim to get all children involved and interested in science by offering innovative and hands on learning resources to children from all socio-economic groups in the wider Tauranga area. They received $6,025 to purchase a set of programmable Floor Robots (Blue Bots) to include in a new educational kit …

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June

Maihiihi Playcentre

Maihiihi Playcentre were given $1,295 towards a special landing mat for babies, which will encourage them to play, communicate and develop their senses while being together in one safe place. The parent-led playcentre provides children with the opportunity to explore their surroundings in a safe environment, communicate with one another and relate to other children …

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June

Country Kidz

Tirohanga based playcentre, Country Kidz received $638 to purchase wet weather gear for the staff, enabling them to explore the outdoors and encourage the children to experiment with different weather elements. The rural setting of the playcentre enhances the children’s holistic development, with Papatuanuku (the land) being regarded as an important teacher. The playcentre regularly …

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June

Tairua Environment Society Inc.

Tairua Environment Society Inc., received $530 to purchase a high-torque battery powered drill to help landowners in TeKaro Bay clear damaging wilding pine trees from their catchment. The not-for-profit organisation is working with landowners in TeKaro Bay to eliminate the pines which are a serious threat to the environmental wellbeing of the entire district. They …

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June

Alzheimers Waikato

Alzheimers Waikato received $2,539 to purchase two laptops for use in education sessions aimed at building awareness around the debilitating neurological disorder. The sessions help primary caregivers and whanau gain an understanding of the illness and learn strategies to cope with their loved one’s changing behaviour, train health professionals and educate the wider community. The …

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June

The Hearing Association Hamilton & Districts Branch

The Hearing Association Hamilton & Districts Branch received $2,000 to purchase two digital Maxi Listening Devices to increase sound levels for the hearing impaired in difficult listening situations. Hearing loss is the largest disability sector in New Zealand, affecting 16 percent of the adult population. The organisation provides education, advocacy and support for all community …

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June

Youthline

Due to demand for localised support for youth in the North Auckland area, Youthline recently opened a community centre in Albany. The centre received $1,970 from the Mazda Foundation to purchase a portable defibrillator to ensure they have lifesaving medical assistance when needed. Youthline’s vision is to create communities that relate to the needs of …

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June

Māpura Studios

Māpura Studios, governed by the Panacea Arts Charitable Trust is a creative space offering visual arts and art therapy programmes and a positive supportive community for people living with diversity and disability. They received $1,979 to purchase quality art materials for their weekly art classes, and frames for their exhibition So Much There Is, which …

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June

Headland Sculpture on the Gulf

Headland Sculpture on the Gulf is New Zealand’s premier outdoor sculpture exhibition, presenting significant new contemporary sculptural works to the public every second year at Matiatia Bay. The Waiheke based organisation received $5,175 to develop a free, downloadable education kit. The programme will be used to engage the local, visitor and student community in conversations …

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June

Whangarei District Brass

The Whangarei District Brass band received $3,640 to purchase 40 hats to be worn at marching and outdoor performances in the community. The band is a vital part of the culture of Whangarei and has played an integral role in the ANZAC commemorations in Northland for over 50 years, including the ANZAC dawn service in …

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March

March

Losalini Hardford

Stroke victim Losi, sought financial assistance towards a special needs bicycle to help her train towards her goal of participating in road race nationals. At the age of 38 international women’s cricket player Losalini Harford had a dense stroke, becoming paralysed on the left side. With little upper limb function and weakness in her lower …

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March

Marina Tvrdeich

Marina Tvrdeich received $6,050 to pay for tuition, a laptop and an iPad for her son, Danijel Tvrdeich-Kasum, who has Auditory Processing Disorder (APD). Danijel’s APD means he doesn’t always correctly process information, especially at school where there are lots of distracting sounds. He is a year behind his peers, and particularly struggles with writing …

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March

Alzheimers Society (Manawatu)

The Alzheimers Society in Palmerston North is a charitable community organisation which supports people affected by dementia. They received $4,962.25 to purchase ten pendants and a radio tracking unit for the Wandatrak Tracking System. The pendants are worn by people who tend to wander, including those with dementia, meaning if they go missing they can …

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March

The Scout Association of New Zealand

Orakei Sea Scouts received $1,000 to put towards purchasing a cutter sailing vessel, to help young people develop their sea skills and realise their full potential. The training boats, otherwise known as cutters, provide the scouts with the opportunity to work together to form a crew and successfully sail a boat. Along with developing sea …

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March

NZ Blue Light Ventures

NZ Blue Light received $3,450 to purchase 2,000 fishing hand lines to use at their family fishing days. The community policing youth program runs activities for young people free from drugs, alcohol and violence, building better relations between the police, young people, their families and the community. One such activity, fishing days, is held annually …

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March

Waikato Community Hospice Trust

Hospice Waikato received $2,098 to purchase two bike racks for staff, patient visitors and family members cycling to the centre. The organisation provides a variety of specialised care services for terminally ill people, supporting them, their families and carers. They encourage staff and the community to live a healthy lifestyle and cycle to the centre, …

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March

Boyle Village Conservation Group

Boyle Village Conservation Group, received $2,242.67 to replace lure and CO2 canisters for predator traps, used to protect the native bird life surrounding the village. The non-for profit organisation relies on the self-resetting possum and stoat traps as they require minimal man-power to maintain, which is key to the remote location of Boyle Village. The …

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March

Konini School

Konini School received $2,305.92 to purchase 386 native plants to restore a large bush block at the back of the school. The area will provide students with more environmental opportunities, better ecosystems and a recreational area for the community. Over the past five years concerned locals and parents in the Whakarina Stream Sustainable Neighbourhood group …

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March

Otaki Montessori Pre School

Otaki Montessori Preschool received $514.28 to purchase Te Reo and Maori cultural resources to use in the classroom. Currently the preschool’s Maori cultural resources are sparse and there is little variety for the children to choose from. The Preschool offers the Otaki community the opportunity to choose the Montessori method of education for their younger …

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March

Hamilton North Special School

Hamilton North Special School, received $4,433.25 to purchase two gravity chairs. 11 children with sensory processing disorders will have access to the chairs providing them with sensory breaks when needed. One of the biggest challenges for staff educating the children is their sensory systems being out of sync, affecting their ability to focus. Students with …

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March

Tauranga Youth Search & Rescue

Tauranga Youth Search and Rescue (YSAR) received $1,499 to replace their current projector. The organisation recruits and prepares young people for search and rescue operations and develops their understanding of the New Zealand wilderness. YSAR also helps students grow valuable life skills and prepares them to assist local volunteer groups with the search and rescue …

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March

Ashley Playcentre

Ashley Playcentre was granted $2,720 to purchase and install a heat pump. This will ensure the centre is kept at the Ministry of Education recommended temperature of 18 degrees. The playcentre is committed to providing a safe and stimulating environment for parents and children and encourages learning through the empowerment of family, holistic development and …

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March

Hurupaki Primary School

Hurupaki Primary School, received $1,000 to purchase two purpose-built ‘sand and water fun tables,’ to be used in new entrant classrooms. The school believes engaging students in learning from the very beginning is key to developing social skills, team work and language and communication skills. The tables will not only enhance the children’s learning environment …

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March

Te Puke Playcentre

Te Puke Playcentre received $786.26 to purchase a mix of firefighter, police officer, doctor and nurse costumes, to create an inviting, fun and creative play area for the children. The playcentre believe costumes are an important aspect of children’s development, providing various opportunities for fantasy and social play and encouraging children to use their imaginations. …

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March

Bailey Road School

Bailey Road School received $4,750 to purchase Kapa Haka uniforms which include piupius, bodices, skirts and headbands. Several years ago the School developed initiatives encouraging the students to ‘succeed as Maori’, one such activity is Kapa Haka tuition, open to all students. The weekly classes are a great success with numbers rising steadily, creating the …

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March

Redwood school

Redwood School received $1,750 to purchase a set of Piupiu (traditional Maori costume) for their Kapa Haka group. Being a part of the Kapa Haka group teaches students important Maori social values such as whanaungatanga (kinship), manaakitanga (hospitality) and aroha (love), along with life skills such as commitment and discipline. The children will benefit from …

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March

Waipu Museum

Waipu Heritage Museum preserves and presents the unique Scottish heritage of Waipu, whilst communicating with descendants all over New Zealand and the world. They received $2,633.50 to purchase two laptop computers. Scottish highlanders arrived in Waipu over 150 years ago and their story of migration and settlement has been preserved in the area ever since. …

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March

Tauranga Society of Artists

Not for profit organisation, the Tauranga Society of Arts, which provides sessions and workshops for their 200 members, received $6,656.36 to purchase overhead exhibition lighting for their two annual art exhibitions. Their members are volunteers who work tirelessly all year to prepare for the exhibitions, which attract over 60 of their artists who showcase over …

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March

New Zealand Opera Limited

New Zealand Opera Ltd received $3,560 to purchase a new digital camera, lens, and editing software to help develop their education and outreach programme and support their marketing objectives. New Zealand Opera contributes to the community by creating cultural opportunities for people to experience the power of opera, while establishing a vibrant and sustainable presence …

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2015

September

September

Barnardos Georgetown

The Invercargill Early Learning Centre was granted $1,435 to completely revamp their outdoor space by creating a new grass area, vegetable garden and worm farm.

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September

Stewart Island Promotion Association

The Association set up Rakiura Artist Residency Project to promote the uniqueness, natural beauty and rich culture of Stewart Island. They received $3,468.40 from the Mazda Foundation to help fund the project.

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September

Tauranga Youth Search and Rescue

Tauranga Youth Search and Rescue (YSAR) received $2,898 to purchase an emergency and rescue stretcher, a key tool used by students and leaders in their training programme and in real search and rescue operations.

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September

Zoe Jennings

Whangarei resident and triplet Zoe Jennings, was granted $17,240.80 to purchase a self-propelling wheelchair to help her with postural autonomic tachycardia syndrome, a type of dysautonomia.

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September

Tahakopa Our Hut Committee

Tahakopa Our Hut Committee received $6,188.54 to purchase audio and visual equipment which will be used in a permanent exhibition about Tahakopa Valley’s past, as part of the Our Hut Tahakopa history project.

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September

Arohanui Special School

Arohanui Special School were given $6,547.25 to purchase portable play equipment, including balance stairs, a basketball stand, and a trampoline.

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September

Piha Surf Life Saving Club Inc.

The busy surf life saving club received $5,175 to purchase six new soft top training boards to be used by their ‘Nippers’ in the Junior Surf programme. The annual programme runs at the start of summer and teaches children how to be surf smart.

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September

Whanau Manaaki

Lower Hutt based Kindergarten Whānau Manaaki received $3,132 to purchase a portable microphone, PA system and speaker. The equipment will allow the children to develop their performance skills and will be available to use at community events.

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June

June

Assistance Dogs

Waikato based charity Assistance Dogs breed, raise and train dogs to help people with disabilities. They received $5,000 to purchase dog food for a litter of eight puppies completing the training programme.

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June

Beach Haven Scout Group

Beach Haven Scout Group encourages the physical, mental and emotional development of young people through outdoor activity. They received $2,574 to purchase six new hike tents to be used by cubs, scouts and venturers at section and group camps.

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June

Ignite Sport Trust

Ignite Sport Trust received $2,386 from the Mazda Foundation to purchase a high quality data projector to deliver Leadership through Sport programmes to youth.

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June

Kaitaia College

Kaitaia College received $1,825 to purchase 25 new tatua (male belt design) and 25 tipare (headband design) to complete the school’s new kapa haka uniforms.

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June

North Rodney Blue Light

North Rodney Blue Light received $1,191.98 to purchase thirty branded t-shirts for volunteers to wear at events making them easily identifiable. This is important when dealing with large numbers of youth and children.

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June

Northcote Toy Library

Northcote Toy Library received $807 to purchase three ExerSaucers, which will allow babies in the community to remain upright to practise standing, and to play with toys while taking in the action around them.

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March

March

Bay of Islands Maritime Park Inc.

The Bay of Islands Maritime Park Inc.’s ‘Living Waters’ project aims to restore local inland waterways by planting hundreds of native trees and shrubs. The community group received $3,339 from the Mazda Foundation to put towards plants, gardening tools and other much needed items.

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March

Community Unity Project

The Common Unity Project Aotearoa in Lower Hutt received $3,801.31 to purchase two sewing machines, overlockers and other equipment for its sewing collective. Under the guidance of an experienced volunteer local mums are taught sewing skills, empowering them to clothe their own families while developing skills for potential employment.

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March

Christchurch School of Music

Christchurch School of Music (CSM) received $5,837.60 to purchase a digital piano and several sets of violin and cello strings. The school has over 800 students who participate in weekly lessons and a wide range of ensembles including orchestras, wind and percussion ensembles, chamber groups, choirs, and jazz and rock bands.

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March

Mathew Read

Mathew Read lives in Feilding with his partner and young son. He received $2,000 towards his trip to Ohio, America where he will represent New Zealand at the World Long Range Target Shooting Championships. He has been selected for the NZ Palma Team and also as the captain of the NZ under 25 team.

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March

Te Puke High School

Te Puke High School received $6,460 for ten STELR kits which are part of a science programme designed to educate students about renewable energy. The school aims to include real world situations into all of its junior subject areas, such as sustainability and environmental issues.

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March

Totara Park Playcentre

Totara Park Playcentre in Upper Hutt is a parent-led community based family organisation. They were gifted $550 to purchase a science display unit as their current one was over 30 years old and deteriorating fast.

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2014

September

September

Recreate NZ

Recreate NZ, which offer a unique range of adventure programs for disabled youth, received $3,000 to purchase a shuttle trailer for their Auckland branch. The trailer will be used to carry participants’ gear to activities organised by the charity, which include camping, white water rafting, and caving.

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September

The Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre

The Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre provides rescue, care and rehabilitation for all types of sick and injured birds. It received $1,949.56 to install new blinds in its bird recovery rooms.

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September

Addington.net

Addington.net, a community computer centre, received $1,174 to purchase six Scribbler Robots.

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September

Goldfields Kindergarten

Goldfields Kindergarten in Otago received $800 to put towards improving its outdoor area with special climbing equipment. The kindergarten provides education and care for children aged six months to five years and encourages learning through play.

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September

St Patrick’s Scout Group

St Patrick’s Scout Group received $2,022 to put towards radio and archery equipment for its 60 members to learn from and enjoy. The group has experienced a growth in members recently, meaning resources are stretched.

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September

Christchurch School of Music

Christchurch School of Music received $2,331.07 to purchase a sound system which will improve the quality of its shows, including solo performances, recitals and concerts.

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June

June

ADHD Association

The ADHD Association received $1,236.71 from the Mazda Foundation to purchase a desktop computer to use in the office, as their current one is reaching the end of its life.

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June

East Tamaki Primary

East Tamaki Primary School received $1,500 to purchase new, more robust recyclable waste bins with lids and signage to further the school’s quest to become as sustainable as possible.

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June

The House of Grace

The House of Grace, a home for pregnant teens, has been gifted $3,800 to purchase a new virtual baby as their current one has recently broken.

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June

Maunganui Lifeguard Service

The Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service work hard every summer to prevent drownings at Mount Maunganui Beach, Mauao and Tauranga Harbour. It received $6,176 to purchase a new engine for their inflatable rescue boat (IRB) as the current one is over six years old.

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June

Sistema Whangarei

Sistema Whangarei – Toi Akorangi is a community-based initiative offering an after school, in-school and holiday orchestral program. The organisation has been granted $6,717 to purchase new instruments for the children.

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June

West Coast Riding for the Disabled

West Coast Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) is a Hokitika based organisation that provides therapeutic horse riding for children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. They have been gifted $8,950 to resurface the riding arena and horse yards.

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March

March

Hayley Milliner

Six year old Pukekohe resident, Hayley Milliner, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2010, and a year later, coeliac disease. Hayley’s family have been granted $3,000 from the Mazda Foundation to purchase a Continuous Glucose Meter (CGM), which tracks her glucose levels.

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March

NZ Epilepsy Assist Dogs Trust

NZ Epilepsy Assist Dog Trust – is very deserving of a substantial $15,000, an amount rarely gifted in a single grant.

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March

Davarah Williams

The Mazda Foundation helped Matauri Bay individual, Davarah Piheme-Williams, who can now live life on the white sandy beaches surrounding her home thanks to funding to purchase a beach wheelchair.

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March

Challenge 2000 Trust

Challenge 2000, a Wellington youth development organisation has received $2,000 to purchase building materials for their program where troubled youth participate in small building projects.

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March

Garden to Table Trust

Garden to Table Trust, an environment and educational organisation based in Auckland, has been granted $1,141.85 to purchase a laminator so they could provide laminated recipe cards, along with laminated planting and harvesting guides for each school garden.

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March

Stokes Valley Playcentre

Stokes Valley Playcentre and the Foundation for Youth Development has received $1,472.30 to purchase two new landing mats to be placed under swings frames to keep the children safe.

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2013

September

September

Clevedon Kindergarten

Clevedon Kindergarten received over $2,100 from the Mazda Foundation to purchase a variety of musical equipment to begin a musical area at the Playcentre…

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September

Chris Paulin

The Mazda Foundation donated $5,000 to assist a retired marine biologist to share his knowledge with Wellington school children as part of its final round of funding for 2013…

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September

Karori Community Centre

Karori Community Centre received approximately $900 to fund new kitchen equipment including a fridge freezer and microwave to help with the centre’s drop-in lunch service…

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September

Perry Outdoor Education Trust

St. Clair Surf Lifesaving Club has been awarded $5,000 by the Mazda Foundation to purchase four paddle boards for the Junior club…

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September

Touch Compass Dance Trust

The Mazda Foundation donated more than $2,100 to Touch Compass Dance Trust, New Zealand’s only professional dance company…

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September

Waipu Surf Life Saving Club

Waipu Cove Surf Live Saving Club received more than $6,000 to purchase a new motor for its inflatable rescue boat (IRB)…

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September

Wood Hatton Playcentre

Wood Hatton Playcentre received $1,000 from the Mazda Foundation. The centre is a family focused parent cooperative that provides opportunities for young children to learn and develop, grow and explore together…

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June

June

Beanstalk Kindergarten

Beanstalk Kindergarten received $700 from the Mazda Foundation to purchase a magnetic polydron set, providing an opportunity for the children to experiment with shapes, space and magnetism…

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June

CCS Disability Action Auckland

CCS Disability Action Auckland, an organisation that runs an early intervention service for children with disabilities has been awarded $1,694 from the Mazda Foundation to purchase two iPad 2’s…

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June

Hamilton Wanderers Football

Hamilton Wanderers Women’s Football squad have been granted over $2,000 by the Mazda Foundation to purchase tracksuits for the entire squad…

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June

Mangawhai Beach School

Mangawhai Beach School has been awarded nearly $1,500 from the Mazda Foundation to purchase an electric guitar, amplifier and sound mixer…

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June

Marton Football Club

The Marton Football Club under 10’s have been awarded $1,948.19 from the Mazda Foundation to purchase 20 new playing kits for the team…

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June

Nova Montessori

Nova Montessori School has been awarded $1,500 to purchase rainwater tanks and further develop its permaculture garden…

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June

SPCA Auckland

SPCA Auckland has been granted over $7,000 by the Mazda Foundation to purchase 10 Samsung tablets for callout staff to use on the road, meaning they will have wireless access to the ‘Petnet’ system, which stores all records of animals and complaints…

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June

St. Clair Surf Lifesaving

St. Clair Surf Lifesaving Club has been awarded $5,000 by the Mazda Foundation to purchase four paddle boards for the Junior club…

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March

March

Stoke Playcentre

Stoke Playcentre, based in Nelson, has been granted $2,170 by the Mazda Foundation to create a Pasifika themed sandpit including a palm tree cover to provide the children with protection from the elements during playtime…

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March

Pindrop Foundation

Pindrop Foundation, a Meadow Bank based charity in Auckland, received $5,000 from the Mazda Foundation to fund a school outreach program…

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March

Mobility Assistance Dogs

Mobility Dogs Assistance Trust, based in Auckland, has received $1,000 from the Mazda Foundation to assist with the care of their puppies…

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March

Marlborough Falcon Conservation Trust

The Marlborough Falcon Conservation Trust based in Blenheim has been granted $2,512 by the Mazda Foundation to assist in the purchase of an essential incubator and brooder for its New Zealand Falcon captive breeding and release programme…

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March

Victory Playcentre

Victory Playcentre, based in Nelson, has received $2925.60 from the Mazda Foundation to purchase new bark for the centre’s play area…

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March

Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo has been granted $3,650 from the Mazda Foundation for assistance with food, medicine and habitat costs for its Tuatara conservation programme…

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2012

September

September

Windsor School

Windsor School, based in Christchurch, has also received $1,200 from the Mazda Foundation to makeover an area of the school field…

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September

Richmond Playcentre

Nelson based Richmond Playcentre has received $500 from the Mazda Foundation to complete an outdoor play area…

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September

Ruakaka Surf Lifesaving Patrol Inc

Ruakaka Surf Lifesaving Patrol has received $6,176 from the Mazda Foundation to purchase a new Mercury motor…

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September

New Zealand Conservation Trust

The New Zealand Conservation Trust received $6,355 in the latest Mazda Foundation funding round…

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September

Arts Access Aotearoa

Arts Access Aotearoa, based in Wellington, has received $1,258 from the Mazda Foundation to buy a new computer and software…

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September

Manuka Community House Inc

Manuka Community House, an early learning centre and family support service based in Nelson, has been granted $1,360…

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June

June

Hibiscus Coast Schools Waterwise Society Inc

Hibiscus Coast Schools Waterwise Society has received $798 from the Mazda Foundation to…

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June

Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust

Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust (MEIT) has received $5,213 to purchase new clothing for staff…

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June

Waikouaiti School

Waikouaiti School has received a $750 grant from the Mazda Foundation to purchase a class set…

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June

Save the Otago Peninsula

The environmental group, Save the Otago Peninsula Inc (STOP) received a grant of $1,375 to provide plants…

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June

Hammersley Park School

Hammersley Park School in Christchurch, has received $7,200 of funding from the Mazda Foundation to take a class of…

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June

The Bradburn family

The Bradburn family have received $7,995 to purchase a spa pool, for their 19-month-old son, Caleb, who suffers from Angelman…

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March

March

Assistance Dogs New Zealand

Assistance Dogs New Zealand provides suitably trained service dogs primarily to assist children…

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March

The Fong family

A $7,500 grant has been donated to Tanya and Paul Fong to enable them to purchase an insulin pump for…

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March

The Photoplayer Restoration Trust

The Mazda Foundation has donated $4,150 to The Photoplayer Restoration Trust, to begin the restoration of…

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March

Napier Group Riding for the Disabled

Napier Group Riding for the Disabled has received $6,269 from the Mazda Foundation to cover…

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March

Henderson Intermediate School

Henderson Intermediate School has received a $2,500 grant from the Mazda Foundation to purchase…

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March

Arohanui Special School

The Mazda Foundation has donated $8307 to Arohanui Special School to purchase new sensory equipment for…

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2011

September

September

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Otepou

Students at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Otepou, Tauranga, will be looking their best at the Te Mana Kuratahi Kapahaka…

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September

Breast Cancer Network NZ

Members of the Breast Cancer Network NZ can celebrate wide distribution of a coloured landmark 100th issue of…

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September

Plunket – Car Seats for Life

Plunket’s new high deprivation car seat programme – Car Seats for Life – is off to a great start with funding being granted by the Mazda Foundation.

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September

Flat Bush School

A $1,014 grant to Flat Bush School in Otara, South Auckland, will see two brave Christchurch Students travel up to Auckland for…

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June

June

Chase Annan

Nine-year-old Chase Annan from Ngaruawahia is on a mission to fulfil his dream of a white Christmas in New York.

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June

Mangawhai Beach School

Students at Mangawhai Beach School will be strumming their hearts out with a new set of ukuleles funded by…

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June

Massey Primary School

Massey Primary School will soon be harvesting from their new orchard thanks to a $1,783 grant from the Mazda Foundation.

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June

The National Wetland Trust

New Zealanders will be able to easily find their way through the Southland Wetland Heritage Trail courtesy of…

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June

Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Society of Canterbury

A grant to the Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Society of Canterbury will be used to provide families…

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March

March

Andrew McMillan

A talented Auckland composer and musician who was left a tetraplegic following a BMX accident in 2004 will be able…

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March

Angelslight Breakfast Club

A $5,000 grant to Angelslight Breakfast Club in South Auckland will help the programme’s volunteers to…

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March

East Otago High School

East Otago High School’s $4,475 grant was music to the students’ ears with teaching staff using the funds to…

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March

Port Chalmers Kindergarten

Pupils at Port Chalmers Kindergarten have been able to purchase a mobile work station/visual teaching aid thanks to a Mazda Foundation grant.

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March

Peel Forest

A grant to an outdoor pursuits centre in South Canterbury will enable more young people to participate in river safety training.

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2010

September

September

SPCA Auckland

The SPCA Auckland received funding to the tune of $7,600 to assist in the redevelopment of the organisation’s website.

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September

Dawson Primary School

Dawson Primary School’s grant will support the ‘Grow, Cook and Eat’ programme which teaches students how to grow and prepare fresh produce.

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September

Hamilton Group Riding for the Disabled

Around 140 children and young adults with disabilities will soon be enjoying the therapeutic benefits of horse riding thanks to a $6,000 grant made to Hamilton Group Riding for the Disabled.

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September

South Auckland Health Foundation

A $5,000 grant made to the South Auckland Health Foundation will contribute to the establishment of an ongoing fund to secure the future health of the children at Kidz First Children’s Hospital at Middlemore.

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September

Tirohia School

A $3,500 grant to Tirohia School in Paeroa is music to the students’ ears. The funds will be used to purchase three keyboards and accessories for the school’s music programme.

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June

June

The First Tee

The First Tee New Zealand will be able to teach children life skills and develop their self esteem with its $4,000 grant.

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June

Oliver Posa

Hamilton teenager Oliver Posa, 13, will soon be enjoying the sport of hand-cycling thanks to the Mazda Foundation.

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June

Edmonton Primary School

A grant to Edmonton Primary School in Te Atatu, Auckland was music to its students’ ears.

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June

Hohepa Canterbury

A $2905 grant made to Hohepa Canterbury, a provider of residential services for intellectually disabled adults, will fund a native garden at its farm which all of its residents will be able to access and enjoy.

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June

Tamati Robens

Rotorua teenager Tamati Robens (14) will soon be experiencing the language and culture of Mexico with his $2,500 Mazda Foundation grant.

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March

March

Charlotte Davis

New Zealand Under 19 Womens Touch Rugby member Charlotte Davis will soon have the chance to be selected for a significant trans-Tasman match in 2011.

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March

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind

New Zealand’s only library service for blind and partially sighted communities will receive an upgrade.

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March

South Taranaki District Museum Trust

A $4,000 grant to the South Taranaki Museum in Patea will enable its visitors to learn more about its history when a glass waka prow is installed.

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March

NZ Land Search & Rescue Inc.

New Zealand’s received a $5,880 grant to run a New Zealand Land Search and Rescue Inc.

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March

Whakatane Blue Light Ventures

Whakatane Youth will soon have more resources at their fingertips to build their self-esteem and leadership skills.

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2009

September

September

Adi Bhattacharya

Adi Bhattacharya of Auckland will purchase an insulin pump with his $8,500 grant.

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September

Project Kiwi Trust

Project Kiwi Trust received funding for a kiwi enhancement project. The $6,500 grant will assist in the incubation and hatching of kiwi eggs.

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September

Hibiscus Coast Schools Waterwise Society Inc.

A $6,265 grant to Hibiscus Coast Schools Waterwise Society Inc.

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June

June

James Rastrick

James Rastrick is on his way to the Junior Clay Target World Championships in Melbourne this November with the help of his $3,000.00 Mazda Foundation grant.

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June

Garden to Table Trust, Auckland

One of the largest grants will help the Garden to Table Trust establish a pilot programme in primary schools where children aged seven to ten will learn to grow, harvest, prepare and share seasonal produce as part of their everyday learning.

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June

New Zealand Science and Technology Charitable Trust

New Zealand’s only independent science centre will use their $8,870.00 grant to purchase two concept cars and gas station sets from Germany for a fuel cell exhibition

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June

Ruakaka Surf Life Saving Patrol Inc.

A $2,715.00 grant to the Ruakaka Surf Life Saving Patrol will make Uretiti Beach safer this summer through the purchase of a portable lifeguard tower.

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June

Wellington City Mission

Ten young students are able to attend gymnastic classes as part of the Wellington City Mission’s Mission for Youth Alternative Education School thanks to a $700.00 Mazda Foundation grant.

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March

March

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

One of the larger grants was given to the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra which exists to enliven and enrich the lives of Aucklanders through orchestral music.

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March

Helena Prosser, Auckland

The Mazda Foundation grant for $2,500.00 will assist in the costs of getting an Oamaru teenager to Seattle, Washington to participate in groundbreaking research into the correction of musculoskeletal deformities.

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March

Steps Tap Dancing Club

Seven Christchurch tap dancers are on their way to perform at the World Dance Championship in Long Beach, California in July with the help of their Mazda Foundation grant.

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March

Hauraki Rail Trail Trust

The planned Hauraki Rail Trail from Paeroa to Thames has been given a boost with a Mazda Foundation grant of $4,500.00.

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March

Royal New Zealand Plunket Society Inc

More children will be safely restrained in car seats thanks to a $5,000.00 grant for The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society’s car seat rental programme.

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2008

September

September

Hokonui Moonshiners Festival

Organisers of the annual Hokonui Moonshiners Festival in Gore will be able to promote their unique event to a wider audience thanks to a grant from the Mazda Foundation.

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September

Hearing House, Auckland

The largest grant of $6,059 was given to Auckland-based organisation the Hearing House which supports children who have received a cochlear implant but aren’t learning to listen or speak like their hearing peers.

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September

Michaela Challis, Matamata

Michaela Challis is on her way to studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts and launching her career in the film and television industry with her Mazda Foundation grant of $3,000.

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September

Southern REAP, Winston

The Mazda Foundation grant of $1,760 to Southern REAP (Rural Education & Activities Programme) will mean 12 young people will experience the beautiful Mavora Lakes in Fiordland, National Park on a three day outdoor education camp.

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September

Mauriceville School, Masterton

Mauriceville School’s grant of $3,300 will be used to purchase new gym and sports equipment. The current equipment is in urgent need of replacing.

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June

June

StarJam Charitable Trust

25 young people with disabilities will be given the opportunity to participate in StarJam’s Talent Expansion Programme thanks to a grant from the Mazda Foundation.

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June

Jensen Downes Picture Company

A Mazda Foundation grant of $20,000.00 to Jensen Downes Picture Company will be used to fund a short fi entitled ‘Station’.

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June

Alesia Peng, Hamilton

A Mazda Foundation grant will soon help seven-year-old Alesia Peng from Hamilton get to school.

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June

Tara Randell, Ngaruawahia

With the help of a grant from the Mazda Foundation, Tara Randell will soon be the fi rst New Zealander to train at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts in London.

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June

Woodend Volunteer Fire Brigade

Volunteer fire fighters in Woodend will be much better equipped to respond to emergencies with the help of a Mazda Foundation grant.

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March

March

KidsCan Shoes for Kids Programme

Hundreds of financially disadvantaged children will have warm and dry feet this winter, thanks to a grant from the Mazda Foundation.

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March

Performing Arts Competition Association of New Zealand

The Mazda Foundation is helping young performers pursue their dreams.

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March

Whangaroa Community Music Group

Young people in the far North with a passion for music are being given the chance to pursue their talents

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March

Wellington Boys’ and Girls’ Institute

The BGI’s Open Door Service chill out zone has four new couches, a coffee table and rugs and cushions and is now a functional area to hold meetings

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March

One Tree Point School, Northland

Four special needs children from One Tree Point School, a remote Northland coastal school, will be able to continue to benefit from the therapy that horse riding provides them.

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2007

June

June

Mazda Foundation Performing Arts Tuition Scholarship

A further 12 talented young performers will be able to follow their dreams thanks to the Mazda Foundation’s generous support

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June

Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust

Butterflies as pollinators are key indicators of the health of the environment. However indigenous butterflies appear to be disappearing.

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June

Food For Thought Programme

Mt Wellington children will have fresh fruit to eat at school

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June

Fitzroy Surf Life Saving Club

The extra numbers of young surf life savers at Fitzroy this year will get the equipment they need

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June

Clinton Play Centre

Kids at Clinton Playcentre got an early Christmas present when they turned up and saw the Kindy’s new playhouse.

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March

March

Treemendous School Makeovers

Treemendous School Makeovers is a joint initiative by the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson which launched in 2007 to give New Zealand primary and intermediate schools the chance to improve and enhance their school grounds through the planting of native trees.

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March

KidsCan Charitable Trust

Disadvantaged kids won’t have to go to school wet this winter thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Mazda Foundation.

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March

Play it Strange Trust – Budding Musicians set to be strumming to a new tune

Mazda Foundation grant enables Play it Strange to expand its Ukulele in Schools programme.

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March

Young adventurers are happy campers

More than 147 youths have benefited from a grant which has provided them with the tools they need for their intrepid adventures.

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March

Kidz First Children’s Hospital

Mazda Foundation delivers Christmas cheer to Kidz First Children’s Hospital

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2006

September

September

Mazda Performing Arts Tuition Scholarships

Young ballerina Katherine Grange (pictured) will follow her dream to pursue prestigious studies in Dance thanks to a generous grant from the Mazda Foundation.

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September

New Plymouth Old Boys Swimming and Surf Club

Aspiring lifeguards will be learning to save lives with quality equipment this summer thanks to a grant from the Mazda Foundation.

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September

TalkLink Trust

Communication is something you can’t live without. Which is why the Mazda Foundation has supported TalkLink Trust.

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September

New Zealand Monarch Butterfly Trust

With funding from the Mazda Foundation, Jacqui Knight from the Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust headed off in September for a whirl-wind tour of New Zealand.

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June

June

The Books for Babes Trust

Auckland City babes will benefit from an educational initiative thanks to a grant from the Mazda Foundation.

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June

Peria School’s Native Tree Nursery

The future generation at Peria School can get their little green fingers stuck into what really counts thanks to a grant from the Mazda Foundation.

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March

March

Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust

An important project to monitor and protect New Zealand’s native Monarch Butterfly can take flight thanks to an $8,000 grant by the Mazda Foundation for a nation-wide research project.

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March

Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand

One of the biggest challenges faced by kids with Cystic Fibrosis, is keeping up with their schooling when so much of their time is spent in hospital.

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March

Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Programme

The award-winning Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre cares for, treats and rehabilitates 1300 injured native birds each year – including our country’s icon, the Kiwi.

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March

Wiri Central

Wiri Central Primary School’s Kapa Haka and Tongan cultural groups are enjoying their new uniforms, purchased through a grant of $4,910 from the Mazda Foundation.

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March

Paul White – Afflicted with Guillain Barre Syndrome

Paul was diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome, a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system, often causing paralysis as a result.

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March

Homai Kindergarten

Homai Kindergarten in Manurewa, Auckland received a Mazda Foundation Grant of $2,262 to purchase canvases and art materials.

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