Mental Health Fund

The ‘Black Dog’ of Depression: a growing concern for New Zealand

Nikau Foundation has a new “Area of Interest Fund”: the Mental Health Fund. Set up to strengthen and support mental health services, anyone can contribute and donations of any size are welcomed.

The 2012/13 New Zealand Health Survey found that one in six New Zealand adults had been diagnosed with a mental health disorder at some time in their lives. This fund is a vehicle for donors to help tackle this growing problem within New Zealand, with grants going towards initiatives and organisations that strengthen positive mental health outcomes for our community.

The first contribution to the Mental Health Fund was $5,000 given by a donor in memory of a relative who struggled with mental health issues.

Nikau Foundation has a range of Area of Interest Funds including arts, health, education, environment, resilience and youth. When a fund reaches the threshold of $75,000, grants will be made available to the community through our annual grant round.

Interested in giving to this fund or another area of interest? Contact Adrienne on 04 381 2224 or email