About Some of Our Grant Recipients


Switzers Museum in Waikaia is taking shape

The Switzers Museum redevelopment, which we supported with a $150,000 grant, is well underway. It is great to see the walls are up and concrete is being poured.

/Your Stories/ Switzers Museum Redevelopment (JPG - 4964kb)

Welcome to the Blackmount Community Centre

New life has been breathed into the former Blackmount School, which closed in 2014 – welcome to the new Blackmount Community Centre. Under the Crown land disposal process, associated with the former school, Blackmount was facing the loss of all their community facilities however thanks to some foresight, the assistance of Southland District Council and a realistic desire to consolidate their community facilities a solution was found. The centre along with the playground, tennis courts and pool have now been retained as the focal point of this community. We were pleased to be able to assist with a grant of $20,000 towards acquiring the land and the school building.

/Your Stories/ Blackmount Community Facilities 10 (JPG - 143kb)


Collaboration at its best 

What do you get when you work together and combine 3 organisations in one building - you get the new Gore Kids Hub - a complete hub for under 5's and their families. Gore Playcentre, the Gore Toy Library amd the Gore Parents Centre were each in need of premises and rather than go off on their own they came together and developed the idea of sharing the same building - a winning formula which means anticipated savings in operating costs for each organisation, increased promotion of their services and above all will benefit children, parents and families in the Gore community. Congratulations on the opening of the Gore Kids Hub – what a fantastic effort by all involved and a great example of what working collaboratively can achieve for organisations and the community.

/Your Stories/ Gore Kids Hub (JPG - 193kb)

Live theatre comes to the south - Fortune Theatre

Bringing live professional theatre to the regions is important to the Fortune Theatre - the only professional theatre south of Christchurch. The cast of 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'created quite a stir when they arrived in Queenstown, Te Anau and Invercargill wearing their 'yoke' costumes accompanied by their comical actions. 

/Your Stories/ Fortune Theatre Tour (JPG - 2123kb)