Many Porirua charities and community groups will know what a struggle it is to be raising money for their causes. Sometimes it’s really hard to think strategically when you are wondering how you are going to pay the next bill and possibly, on occasions, how to keep the wolves from the door.

Charity fundraising can be a real challenge but if you can somehow lift your thoughts to thinking more strategically, to the next big thing, what would it be? What would you do if there was some strategic funding to be tapped into that enabled you to think about those big, impactful and strategic goals?

That’s exactly the opportunity that has come to Porirua in the form of the Nikau Porirua District Fund.

This Fund has been established from the historical assets of Trust Porirua which are now being safeguarded and grown by Nikau Foundation, the Wellington region’s Community Foundation. These assets are now invested in perpetuity, with the income to flow back to charities and causes within the boundaries of Porirua City, from Kenepuru to Pukerua Bay.

The inaugural voluntary grants committee, headed by charity leader Rebecca Morahan and including ex Trustees with Trust Porirua – Tim Sheppard, Izzy Ford and Eleanor Cater – have teamed up with community representatives Ranei Wineera-Parai, Sue Shotter, Numalani Fonoti and Jess Reiher to decide on the direction and future focus of this fund.

Because Porirua already has many ‘business as usual’ funders, including gaming societies and the Hutt Mana Charitable Trust, the committee has decided that the direction of this fund will be to focus on impactful, more strategic initiatives that will really make a difference to the people of Porirua.

Grants can be anywhere between $5k to $50k, so if there’s a big, strategic idea that your charity or community group has been thinking is not possible and that is really going to make a difference to people in Porirua check out the Porirua District Fund page and take a look at the granting strategy to find out more. You have until the end of August to make your application.

Get your vision, your financial and strategic plan together, tell your story well, detail the impactful outcomes and how this is a good investment for Porirua. It could well be the best, most change-making application you ever make.


Eleanor Cater is on the Nikau Porirua District Fund Committee, sits on the local grants committee of Trust House and is Executive Officer with Community Foundations of New Zealand.