Deputy Chairwoman Liz Koh

Nikau Foundation is sponsoring the sustainability achievement award at the Electra Business Awards. The awards, to be held on October 27, recognize achievement and excellence in the business sector from Kapiti and Horowhenua.

Iconic past winners include Genoese Foods, Tuatara Breweries, Goodman Contractors, Aura Information Security and Mitre10 Mega. “This is an excellent chance for us to celebrate the contribution that local businesses make to our community” Nikau Foundation deputy chairwoman Liz Koh said. Nikau Foundation’s involvement in the Kapiti community started in 2013 with the establishment of the Nikau Kapiti District Fund, a lasting way for locals to contribute their community. Since the fund’s inception, it has supported many local charities including L’Arche, Waikanae Volunteer Fire Brigade, Kapiti Performing Arts Centre and Youthquest.

Last Year Nikau Foundation joined forces with the Kapiti Rotary Club to build two sheds at Hohepa, a residential community in Otaihanga for adults with intellectual disabilities. Donations to the Nikau Kapiti Fund are pooled and invested, then distributed to community groups through Nikau Foundation’s annual grant round. A local Kapiti committee help decide the best directions for funds, and where the greatest are needs are. As more Kapiti residents contribute to growing the fund , the amount of money available to the community each year increases. Nikau Foundation is one of 14 community foundations in New Zealand, each operating in their own region.

Through Nikau Foundation donors can establish their own named fund with its own charitable purpose such as the arts, sport, youth or homelessness; with the interest from their initial donation going towards their chosen cause each year in perpetuity. Other areas of interest have been established by Nikau Foundation to serve a specific cause, such as mental health, or geographic area such as the Nikau Kapiti Fund. “For Nikau Foundation, the choice to sponsor the sustainability achievement award was a perfect fit,” Ms Koh said.

” A business that demonstrates a commitment to the environmental and social impacts of their work will also take a longer view of how their contribution to a thriving and resilient community is good for business for now and in years to come”