What's in This Newsletter?

Tina Jennen, Trustee

Starting a new decade naturally encourages us to pause for reflection.  

I was elected to TECT 18 months ago, after looking for ways to give back to the community who generously helped me and my family following a serious head-on collision in 2017.  This life-altering experience made me deeply grateful for the significant funding TECT provides to St John and the TECT Rescue Helicopter, impacting how every one of us receives emergency healthcare.  Serving as a Trustee has since opened my eyes to the much larger community impact of TECT, inspiring me to join three additional not-for-profit boards.

Having worked over the past decade in research, technology and innovation for horticulture, I am impressed by how TECT supports the local talent pipeline through engagement and capability development.  As a mother of four, I also consider the new opportunities this creates for our next generation.  From Tauranga STEM Festival and Groundswell Festival of Innovation, to Youth Search & Rescue, House of Science, and the new Tauranga Tertiary Campus; TECT is truly helping pave the way for our future changemakers, sparking curiosity and encouraging innovative thinking. 
TECT’s forward-thinking has also created key infrastructure value that benefits our community and the economy.  While we enjoy the rest of summer, take a moment to notice how TECT funding impacts you and your family personally; whether it’s the Surf Lifesaving Clubs looking out for our safety at the beach, a day out at TECT All Terrain Park exploring nature and getting active, or a riveting game of cricket at Bay Oval, TECT is here, there, everywhere—at the heart of our community in the Western Bay of Plenty. 
It is an absolute privilege to serve our community through TECT. 

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 at 4.00pm, Friday 6th March 2020.  Please be aware that all submissions will be made available to beneficiaries to view.
TECT Rescue Helicopter
We visited the TECT Rescue Helicopter hangar last month to take a look at the new branding and chat to the incredible men and women behind the life-saving service. Founded in 2000, the TECT Rescue Helicopter service has touched the lives of thousands of patients.  We aim to make a transformational difference with our funding and are proud to support the rescue helicopter with a further 3-year commitment of funding.

We are also excited to announce that the TECT Rescue Helicopter has been chosen as this year's recipient charity for the More FM Mount Everest Challenge. We'll be sure to get a TECT team walking up the Mount 38 times in 50 days, raising money for this incredibly worthy charity. Are you up for the challenge? Register as an individual or group today!
Finalists for TECT Community Awards 

Congratulations to everyone who submitted a nomination or was nominated by someone for the TECT Community Awards. We received an overwhelming number of high-calibre nominations and our judges were truly impressed by the fantastic work being done in our community by non-profit groups, volunteers and young changemakers. Read more. 

The 2020 finalists are:

Event Excellence Award
  • Katikati Festival of Cultures
  • Pasifika in the Bay Festival
  • Tauranga Fringe Village Festival
  • Tarnished Frocks and Divas
  • Tauranga STEM Festival
Sustainable Future Award
  • Bay Conservation Alliance
  • Good Neighbour
  • Maketu Ongatoro Wetland Society
  • Western Bay Wildlife Trust
  • YSAR Tauranga Trust
Diversity and Inclusion Award
  • Blue Light
  • Recreate NZ
  • The Search Party Charitable Trust
  • Wish 4 Fish
  • Youth Encounter Ministries Trust
Rising Star Award
  • Bay Originals
  • Gender Dynamix
  • RRR - Rescue Revive Rehome
  • TCSC Creative Group
Youth Spirit Award
  • Brylee Comer
  • Irene Vakasiuola
  • Jack Miller
  • James Power
  • Louis Donovan
Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Brett Williamson
  • Bryce Dinneen
  • Elise Rohde
  • Sam Fellows
  • Trevor Clist
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.
Film Bay of Plenty
Promoting the Bay to the international and national screen media industry, Film Bay of Plenty hope to grow the local industry and capitalise on our existing assets; encouraging the economic, social and cultural benefits that it will bring the region.  With a TECT grant of $40,000, Film Bay of Plenty can continue to ensure our region gets its time in the spotlight. Read more.
Street Prints Mauao

Have you spotted some of the large-scale murals that have popped up around Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Te Puke? Artists from around the world and New Zealand brought colour and creativity to our region as part of the street-art festival Street Prints Mauao last month. We're proud to have supported the event with a grant of $30,000. Read more.
Classics of the Sky Tauranga City Airshow

The skies above Tauranga were filled with the sight and sound of jets and aerobatic aircraft at the annual Tauranga City Airshow. We were delighted to be the major supporter of the event which brought our community together to enjoy a spectacular show, highlighting New Zealand's aviation skill and history. Read more. 

Tauranga Youth Development Team

Tauranga Youth Development Team brought their 100% Summer youth events to communities around the Western Bay throughout January, including sports, games, art workshops, giveaways and more! We proudly support the Tauranga Youth Development Team and their initiatives which encourage young people to enjoy life, substance free. Read more. 

A Night Before Christmas

With a festive variety of live music, dance, carols, and a massive fireworks display, this free event was a fantastic night out for the whole family. With a TECT grant of $25,000, the audience of over 12,000 could enjoy a fun-filled night of entertainment.  Read more. 

Speed Climbing Wall

Have you spotted the new speed climbing wall at Blake Park? Soaring 16 metres high, it's hard to miss! As just one of two speed climbing walls in Australasia built to Olympic specifications, it marks a significant milestone in the future of sport climbing for New Zealand. With a TECT grant of $73,739, construction of the speed climing wall  could go ahead. Read more. 

Sport Bay of Plenty - GO4it Programme
Since 2011 Sport Bay of Plenty’s GO4it programme, funded by TECT, has helped thousands of primary school students develop the fundamental movement skills that enable them to be active for life. Read more.
Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club Progress
Work is well underway at the Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club! With the old building torn down, progress can start on the new surf rescue base.  The new facility will be almost triple the size of the old building’s footprint and will run parallel to the coastline to optimise monitoring and delivery of surf lifesaving services.  We are delighted to have contributed a total of $1 million towards the project, and look forward to seeing the new building complete. Check out the depiction below.

Purpose Capital Impact Fund
We are proud to be one of the investors combining forces with corporate foundations, high net-worth individuals, family trusts and the philanthropic sector to invest in innovative solutions to New Zealand’s social and environment problems through the Purpose Capital Impact Fund . Read more.
National Jazz Festival
Think Jazz. Think Easter. Think Tauranga
TECT continues it's 12-year partnership with the Tauranga Jazz Society to bring Tauranga alive with the 58th National Jazz Festival over Easter weekend. Showcasing performances from some of the best jazz musicians in Australasia, there is something for everyone. Check out what's on at

Early bird tickets are on sale now until 14 February—get yours today!
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
Vital Update - Take the Survey

We’ve teamed up with Acorn Foundation, Tauranga City Council and BayTrust to carry out research so we can create a better future for you and your family. We want to know who makes up our communities
your needs, and your aspirations for your neighbourhood and the wider city. Learn more about the survey. 

Tell us what matters most to you by 5pm on Friday, 14 February 2020
Take the Survey
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