What's in This Newsletter?

Wayne Werder, General Manager

It’s been a month of new beginnings around our region. The University of Waikato Tauranga campus welcomed hundreds of students for orientation, and 20 of those students will have an extra spring in their step thanks to scholarships awarded by the Tauranga Tertiary Campus Charitable Trust, supported by TECT. We’re looking forward to seeing our city thrive with a new generation of learners.
We’ve been taking part in the More FM Mount Everest Challenge, raising money for the TECT Rescue Helicopter and getting us back on the fitness bandwagon. It’s been fantastic to see so many people conquering the climb, enjoying this little piece of paradise we are lucky enough to call home.
After years of planning and development, the TECT Heritage Garden has been opened at The Elms, bringing a beautiful space to life that reflects the site’s historic and cultural significance.  TECT funding has also paved the way for expansion of land at Ngamuwahine Lodge, resurfaced tennis courts at Otumoetai Tennis Club, and the opening of a fantastic new exhibition at the Tauranga Art Gallery. These are just some of the projects and initiatives that add a richness to our region; sports to play, art to engage, historical sites to connect with, facilities to keep us active, and festivals to bring us together.
We feel incredibly privileged at TECT to be able to make so many dreams a reality. From the small grants that make a big difference to our local community groups, to the large grants that provide cornerstone funding for transformational projects, together we are building a region we can all be proud of.

TECT Draft Distribution Plan 2020/21
Each year we publish our proposed Annual Distribution Plan for feedback.  The current policy is that approximately 80% of distributions are to be distributed direct to beneficiaries, with the balance to be distributed through the grants programme.

This year TECT Trustees are proposing to distribute a total of $40,000,000 and we're now asking beneficiaries for their feedback on the plan. The final distribution will be confirmed in March once the trustees have taken into account the beneficiary feedback. 

CLICK HERE to view the Draft Annual Distribution Plan.

Beneficiaries who wish to comment on the plan are invited to by using any of the contact methods below:
Mail: TECT, DX Box HP 40007, Tauranga

Submissions close in one week at 4.00pm, Friday 6th March 2020.  Please be aware that all submissions will be made available to beneficiaries to view.
TECT Awards Scholarships

We had a scholarship celebration last week recognizing successful recipients who will be studying at the University of Waikato Tauranga campus this year.

As key funders of the campus development, TECT, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Tauranga City Council supported the Tauranga Tertiary Campus Charitable Trust to fund three scholarships ranging in value from $1,000 to $23,000 for 20 students.

Through these scholarships we hope to make tertiary education more accessible to our local community, encouraging continued education and supporting excellence. We look forward to seeing these future leaders and change-makers shape a bright future for themselves, our region and the world, and are delighted we can be a part of that. Read more. 

The Elms TECT Heritage Garden Opened
Our Chairperson Bill Holland was honoured to cut the ribbon and officially open the new TECT Heritage Garden at The Elms this month. The Garden features a beautiful pavilion adorned with carvings by master carver Whare Thompson and is surrounded by raised garden beds containing plants of botanical, cultural and historical interest. We were delighted to support the construction of the garden with a grant of $250,000. Read more.
Ngamuwahine Lodge Receives TECT Grant
With a TECT grant of $200,000, the Ngamuwahine Lodge Trust was able to purchase the land that the Lodge sits on, including additional land. Now able to cater for more students, and with greater security for the future, we know the Lodge will be enjoyed by our community for generations to come. 

Since 2001 TECT has contributed over $1 million in funding towards Ngamuwahine Lodge, ensuring Western Bay children and visitors can get active, challenge themselves and have fun. Read more. 
TECT Takes on  Mount Everest Challenge

The TECT team and trustees have been making their way up The Mount as part of the More FM Mount Everest Challenge. This incredible initiative sees hundreds of locals climbing The Mount 38 times in 50 days to raise money for the TECT Rescue Helicopter.

We are so proud to support the challenge and the TECT Rescue Helicopter—a charity that is out in our community saving lives every day. Keen to get involved? Learn more here.

Where Was TECT This Month?
The goal of our grants programme is for a thriving, caring and connected community here in the Western Bay of Plenty.  Here's a quick snapshot of where you'll find TECT funding this month.
Te Puna Community Kindergarten

Te Puna Kindergarten relocated last year after a major road transport development was planned to be built through their old site. With a TECT grant of $52,967, fixtures such as outlets and cabling, light fittings, heat pumps, a fire alarm system and kitchen appliances could be purchased, and Te Puna Kindergarten could celebrate the start of an era in their new home. Read more. 
Otumoetai Tennis Club

It's great to see Otumoetai Tennis Club's courts resurfaced and ready to use by club members and community users thanks to a TECT grant of $47,000 and other community funders' support. With a lifespan of 13-15 years, we know the resurfaced courts will be enjoyed by our community for many years to come. Read more. 

Tauranga Art Gallery

We are proud to be long-time supporters of the Tauranga Art Gallery, this year supporting the Public Art Programmes and their newest exhibition Matatoki: Mata ā Waka with $50,000 in funding. The exhibition brings together internationally-recognised, contemporary Māori carvers who work under the collective ‘Matatoki’ (meaning ‘the blade of the adze, the cutting edge’). Read more. 

An art workshop inspired by the exhibition will allow participants to create their own embossed artworks on Monday 30th March. Book today. 

Otumoetai Eels Rugby League Club

The Otumoetai Eels Rugby League Club have a new pergola thanks to a TECT grant of $4,256—a fantastic way to provide additional club space that offers shade in the summer and protects from rain in the winter. See more.


Volleyball New Zealand

Volleyball New Zealand are capping off their New Zealand Beach Tour with the finals at Mt Maunganui on March 7 & 8. We're proud to support this summer series of events which not only draw large numbers of local and out-of-town visitors to our region, but also provide New Zealand's elite players the opportunity to play against high quality teams. Read more. 

Festival of Disability Sport 
TECT are proud to be a major supporter of the Paraded BOP Healthvision Festival of Disability Sport which celebrates and showcases the many sporting opportunities available to physically disabled youth and adults. Read more.
Latest Grants Approved
This month we supported  17 community organisations with $164,726 in TECT funding. Congratulations to the following organisations and thank you for all you do in our community:
  • Anxiety NZ Trust
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • EVolocity
  • Greerton Kindergarten
  • Headway Brain Injury
  • Huria Trust
  • Mt Maunganui Bridge Club
  • Paengaroa Kindergarten
  • Parenting Place
  • Tauranga Pistol Club
  • Te Puke Rifle Club
  • Te Puke Squash Club
  • Te Puke Tennis Club
  • Volleyball New Zealand
  • Family Link
  • WBOP Neighbourhood Support
  • Whakamarama Community Inc
Read more here
Learnings From Other Grant-makers
State of the Nation Report
Salvation Army's State of the Nation 2020 report, which measures changes to well-being, finds there has been reductions in child poverty, youth offending and teenage pregnancy, but we have gone backwards with violence against children, youth and adolescent suicide and meth use. Through TECT's grant-making, we hope to improve our nation's wellbeing by addressing these needs in our region. Read more. 
New Zealand Giving

Environmental funding remains low, business giving is up, and although fewer people are donating, they are giving larger amounts, JBWere’s New Zealand Support Report reports. Developed in collaboration with Philanthropy New Zealand, the report estimates philanthropy, grant making and volunteering contribute $5.8b to New Zealand annually. Read more
2020 Rebate Eligibility

This year, the rebate will be paid out in two instalments; 50% in July and 50% in November. With two rebate payments in 2020, there will in turn be two eligibility periods.

  • July 2020 rebate eligibility period: 1 October 2019 – 31 March 2020
  • November 2020 rebate eligibility period: 1 April 2020 – 30 September 2020
To be eligible for the rebate, beneficiaries must be a Trustpower power account holder with an active power account in the same name, basically in the Tauranga City or Western Bay of Plenty region, during the eligibility period. Visit our website for full details on the eligibility criteria.
Select Your Rebate Payment Option

Have you selected your rebate payment option yet? If not, make sure you do before
17 June 2020  in time for the July rebate.

Learn how to select your rebate payment option
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