Nikau Foundation Speech Scholarship winner announced
The inaugural Nikau Foundation Speech Scholarship was presented to Angie Hagen in May by the Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, Nikau Foundation trustee and Maureen Gray of Speech NZ.
The Nikau Speech Scholarship was made possible by a grant from the Nikau Foundation on behalf of the Laurie Bushell Endowment Fund, a named fund established after he passed away suddenly in 2002. Laurie’s son, James Bushell, was at the award ceremony to witness the presentation of the scholarship. ‘My Dad was a passionate Wellingtonian and a great supporter of the Arts,’ explains James. ‘I know he would have been proud to initiate this sponsorship, and our whole family wishes Angie every success in her studies.’
Read more about the speech scholarship here
New Katherine Mansfield statue unveiled in Wellington
Katherine Mansfield stands tall and proud on the corner of Lambton Quay after the much anticipated three-metre- high statue of the iconic Wellington writer was unveiled in May.
Nikau Foundation, on behalf of Richard and Doreen Evans Charitable Trust, was able to provide $30,000 towards this impressive work.
The statue, by sculptor Virginia King, is the fruit of three years work between the Wellington Sculpture Trust, the Katherine Mansfield Society and the Wellington City Council.
Although impressive during daylight, at night the statue is lit up from inside, to reveal the steel figure is covered in passages of Katherine Mansfield’s writing. Even her hair is made up of shopping lists found in her journals. Be sure to visit night and day!
Find out more about the Wellington Sculpture Trust here http://www.sculpture.org.nz/
New endowment fund supports young Wellington cricketers
Cricket Wellington has established an endowment fund through Nikau Foundation to give donors the opportunity to assist the region to produce competitive teams at youth level.
The Wellington Youth Cricket Development Fund was established with the initial amount of $10,000 given by an anonymous donor, but now anyone can help grow this fund with donations from as little as $5 – every little bit helps.
Those keen to leave their mark on the Wellington region cricket scene can contribute to the Wellington Youth Cricket Development Fund by contacting Peter Clinton at Cricket Wellington or the Nikau Foundation.
Read more bout the Wellington Youth Cricket Development Fund here
Operation Heartbeat underway
Nikau Foundation has joined forces with Wellington Free Ambulance in a new educational initiative known as Operation Heartbeat. This project provides education for secondary school pupils throughout the Wellington Region to learn how to recognise a Cardiac Arrest, perform CPR and to operate a defibrllator to greatly improve the chances of survival for anyone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest. The initiative also extends to businesses and families at risk as the programme develops.
The grant from the Nikau Foundation enabled Wellington Free Ambulance to employ a community resuscitation officer to train members of the public. Initially the focus will go on schools.
To access the Operation Heartbeat website click here