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Sunrise connects people who care with causes that matter

Sunrise is a simple and lasting way for you to support local charities, organisations and causes that are important to you. 

You can support causes that are close to home and close to your heart.

If you have a charity or cause that means alot to you, you can donate to it through a special interest fund.

We'll make sure that your donation supports your chosen charity and stays right here in Tairāwhiti-Gisborne forever.

Donations of any size are welcome and all donations will qualify for a tax rebate of 33.3% up to the limit of your taxable income.

Named endowment funds

A separate named endowment fund will be established when your donations total $50,000 or more, you can choose:-

  • To have the fund in your name, your family name or any name of your choice. 
  • Which charities or causes will receive grants from the income from your fund.
  • To receive annual reports on earnings and distributions from your named endowment fund.

Gavin McFarlane 1939-2015


Gavin McFarlane was a “Gizzy” man, who says he lived a “normal life”.

When his health started to deteriorate, Gavin thought hard about how he could give back to the community he loved. Bequesting his estate to Sunrise appealed because it meant

the support would go on forever, rather than giving a lump sum that would be gone when it was gone.

Gavin chose the Cancer Society Gisborne East Coast and Hospice Tairawhiti as not only did they support him, but also his wife Ngaire before she passed away in 2003. He said the people behind these groups did “amazing work”.

Read more about Gavin's story

A lifetime of giving

Maureen Potroz says it was the support of two generous people early in her life that fostered her belief of giving back.

It was during the early years that Maureen met two music teachers who recognised her talent and nurtured it, providing free training when she couldn't afford it.

Maureen has given back to the community by training young local musicians (whether they could afford it or not), volunteering for thirty years at the Gisborne music competitions and as the founding member of local charity Centre Stage.

She visited her lawyer recently to make arrangements for her will. After providing for loved ones, she talked to him about leaving something for the community. When he explained Sunrise to her Maureen loved the idea that a donation to Sunrise will keep on giving back to the community forever.

For a woman that has spent her life giving back, it is heartening that Maureen's bequest to Sunrise will continue that legacy forever.  Read more about Maureen's story.

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Maureen's lawyer suggested a bequest in her will to Sunrise

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