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, Cancer Society Gisborne East Coast, Eastland Rescue Helicopter, Eastwoodhill Arboretum, EITSA Tairawhiti, Gisborne Boys High School, Gisborne Dialysis, 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, Waikereru Ecosanctuary, Waikohu Health, Waipaoa Farm Cadet Training Trust, Whinray Eco Trust.
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.
Cancer Society Gisborne East Coast
Our local Cancer Society strives to reduce the incidence and impact of cancer in the Tairāwhiti community. They help in real and practical ways offering counselling, transport and patient support groups, and promote Smokefree and SunSmart policy and practice.
They receive no government funding and are solely funded by way of grants and donations from our community.
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.
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.
When Tairawhiti Polytechnic merged with EIT Hawkes Bay in 2013 the Tairawhiti Students Association was wound up and the proceeds transferred to EITSA Tairawhiti. Board members wanted to see those funds secured for the future benefit of students in our region. They established this fund to protect and grow this legacy for future generations of students in Tairawhiti.
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.
Gisborne Intermediate School
GisInt 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.
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.
Gisborne Stroke Support
Although having a stroke can be overwhelming for those affected, many go on to live a normal life. Gisborne Stroke Support believe the survivor's circle of support is core to their recovery.
They assist stroke survivors, their families, whanau, friends and carers throughout their stroke journey with free programmes and professional care.
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.
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 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.
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.
Photos kindly supplied by Jamie Troughton
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 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.
Manutuke School enjoying swimming lessons
Swim For Life Tairawhiti
Swim For Life's swim and survival education is delivered to around 2,800 students per year, from Manutuke to Hicks Bay, helping children 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.
Waipaoa Station Farm Cadet Training
Waipaoa's training encompasses both practical and theoretical components, with trainees studying toward National Certificate qualifications while experiencing the annual farm cycle first hand.
Their nationally recognised training initiatives are leading the way in preparing future agricultural leaders.
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.
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.