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Special Interest Funds

Special Interest Endowment Funds

We have a number of special interest endowment funds that have been set up in response to requests from our community.

If your favourite charity or cause isn't here, and you'd like to donate especially to that cause, let us know.  

We can work with you to set up an endowment fund for any charity of your choosing, so you can keep on supporting your favourite causes forever.

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

The special interest funds at Sunrise are the Arts Fund, Campion College, Eastland Rescue Helicopter, Eastwoodhill Arboretum, EIT Student Association, Gisborne Boys High School, Gisborne Dialysis, Gisborne East Coast Cancer Society, Gisborne Intermediate School, Gisborne Rowing Club, Gisborne SPCA, Gisborne Stroke Support Group, Gisborne Womens Refuge, Health Fund, Hearing Assistance, Holy Trinity Building, Hospice Tairawhiti, Makaraka School, Poverty Bay A&P Association, Surf Lifesaving Gisborne, Swim for Life Tairawhiti, Tairawhiti Community Law Centre, Waikohu Health, Waipaoa Farm Cadet Training Trust, Whinray Eco Trust.

Download a printable list of Sunrise endowment funds

Arts Fund

The arts are an expression of creativity and imagination. Creativity takes many forms - visual art, literary art and performing arts such as music, theatre, dance, spoken word and film. A donation to the Arts Fund at Sunrise is your opportunity to support a thriving arts scene in Gisborne/Tairawhiti for generations to come. 

The Arts Fund was seeded by long-time supporter of the arts, Dame Bronwen Holdsworth. She hopes local people will join her in building a meaningful legacy for our creative community.  

Support the Arts Fund at Sunrise

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Eastland Rescue Helicopter

The Eastland Rescue Helicopter is a not-for-profit charitable organisation whose primary aim is to deliver lifesaving critical care to patients on our remote East Coast. 

They work hard to raise the money needed to keep the essential rescue service on 24/7 standby. The organisation is volunteer led with one full time pilot.

Support the Eastland Rescue Helicopter Endowment Fund

Eastwoodhill Arboretum

Revered as the National Arboretum of New Zealand, Eastwoodhill encompasses over 131 hectares of rolling hills, 25km of walking tracks, and is home to 3,500 species of exotic and native trees, shrubs and climber plants.

While Eastwoodhill is regarded as the largest and most comprehensive collection of Northern Hemisphere trees south of the equator, just as significantly it is also an important community resource, attracting thousands of visitors annually.

Support the Eastwoodhill Arboretum Endowment Fund

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Gisborne Boys' High School

Gisborne Boys’ High School has a proud history and impressive reputation for supporting personal, academic and co-curricular excellence. The foundation stones of their teaching and learning programmes are respect, honesty, perseverance, loyalty and courage. Gisborne Boys’ High School is where young men become young adults. 

Their mission is 'challenging young men to develop and achieve their potential'. They nurture their students' academic, cultural and sporting potential along with their development as young men.

Support the Gisborne Boys' High School Endowment Fund

Gisborne Intermediate School

Gisborne Intermediate is focussed on meeting the unique characteristics and needs of emerging adolescents. They prepare young people for living in the 21st century and to be positive, contributing members of society. 

Their mission is ‘growing great people’. They deliver a broadly balanced holistic programme, designed to develop the whole person so they are able to excel at high school and beyond. 

Support the Gisborne Intermediate School Endowment Fund

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Gisborne Rowing Club

The Gisborne Rowing Club was established in 1874 and is the only club in the Gisborne area providing coaching and support for rowers of all ages and abilities.

The Club has been largely self-sufficient over its history, sourcing sheds and boats through community support, fundraising and occasional grants.

Support the Gisborne Rowing Club Endowment Fund

Hospice Tairawhiti

Hospice Tairawhiti provides community based hospice care for the people of Tairawhiti, from Morere to Potaka.

Hospice or palliative care is specialised care for patients who are terminally ill. Their focus is on improving quality of life for the patient and providing support for the family. The aim of Hospice is to help people make the most of their lives, to live every moment in whatever way is important to them.

Support the Hospice Tairawhiti Endowment Fund

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Makaraka School

Makaraka School has a rich history, over a long time. Established in 1875 it is one of the oldest schools in the district and has grown over the years from 80 to 130 students.

The schools continued success is due to their vision of ‘risk taking and adventure’. They challenge their learners to think about and analyse the risk involved in every situation and to understand that making mistakes is an important part of the learning process. 

The majority of Makaraka School kids come from farming environments where there are a multitude of hazards and dangers. Their vision of risk and adventure is about continuing to grow and be better than before. It helps kids be more active, healthy and confident. Makaraka School is bringing back ‘old school’ values. 

Support the Makaraka School Endowment Fund

 

Poverty Bay A&P Association

The Poverty Bay A&P Association is one of the oldest surviving organisations in Gisborne. As custodians of Showgrounds Park and the A&P Show for over one hundred years, they are an integral part of Gisborne life.

They established this fund to secure the Show’s future and create an enduring legacy to protect these community treasures for future generations. 

Support the Poverty Bay A&P Association Endowment Fund

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Surf Lifesaving Gisborne

Lifeguards patrol our beaches through the long summer months, identifying potential danger spots, constantly on the lookout for swimmers in distress. We rely on our people in red and yellow to provide safety in the surf. 

Surf lifesaving is both a community service and a sport. Generations of children have learnt life skills at our clubs - lifesaving, first aid, leadership, teamwork and communication - as well as the opportunity to participate in competitions in Gisborne and at events around New Zealand. 

Surf lifesaving is predominantly run by volunteers and relies on sponsorship and donations from the community. Our clubs need financial support to help them carry out the important work they do every summer to prevent drowning and injury. 

Support the Surf Lifesaving Gisborne Endowment Fund

Swim For Life Tairawhiti

Swim For Life Tairawhiti's swim and survival education is delivered to around 2,800 students per year, from Manutuke to Hicks Bay, helping them to become confident and safer in the water.

Programmes are targeted at low decile schools where parents are often unable to support extra-curricular activities such as swimming.

Support the Swim For Life Tairawhiti Endowment Fund

 

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Whinray Eco Trust

Did you know that 90% of kiwi chicks are killed by stoats every year and that Kiwi are still on track for extinction in our forests because of predators?

The Whinray Ecological Charitable Trust was formed with the intention of restoring the kiwi and other native endangered wildlife species living in the Motu area and to protect the Whinray Scenic Reserve. 

Support the Whinray Eco Trust Endowment Fund

 

The Sunrise Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation, and all trustees and committee members are volunteers.

There are however operating costs, and the Board works hard to ensure that administration and investment management costs are kept to a minimum.

Due to the generosity and support of the local J N Williams Memorial Trust, Eastland Community Trust and Clark Charitable Trust, the establishment and operating costs of Sunrise are covered for the first five years. Following that, no more than 1% of the value of endowment funds may be used for ongoing operating costs.

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