Media Releases

  • 21 August 2019

    Over $1.3 million for Canterbury kids to get a ‘good start’ to their school years

    Over $1.3 million has been approved by Rātā Foundation, across two innovative and complementary education projects, which will see school entrants getting a ‘good start’ to their school years.

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  • 18 January 2019

    Rātā Foundation grant gets Christchurch Coastal Pathway closer to finish line

    The Christchurch Coastal Pathway is one step closer to being completed with a $200,000 grant from Rātā Foundation. The project, launched in 2012, is a 6.5km walking and cycling track that connects communities and offers a unique way to experience the stunning coastal environment.

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  • 18 January 2019

    New Brighton Rugby Football Club rooms to undergo much-needed revamp

    New Brighton is on its way to becoming a sporting ‘hub’ as plans to rejuvenate the New Brighton Rugby Football Club rooms get the green light. The club rooms, at Rāwhiti Domain, will receive a makeover with the help of a $200,000 grant from Rātā Foundation.

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  • 28 September 2018

    $9 million Impact Investment Announcement

    We are pleased to announce our repurposed $9 million Local Ventures Fund will act as a vehicle for our new impact investment programme. Rātā Foundation has a putea or endowment which is currently sitting at over $600 million. The $9 million represents 1.5 percent of its total investments. Impact investing is a rapidly growing investment area internationally. We believe businesses focused on achieving a meaningful social and/or environmental impact are generally those at the frontier of disruptive social and environmental innovation and can be expected to outperform their traditional predecessors.

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  • 01 September 2017

    Rātā Foundation Announces New Chief Executive

    Leighton Evans has been appointed the new Chief Executive of Rātā Foundation, who takes over from the current CEO Louise Edwards, effective 23 October 2017. Mr Evans is currently General Manager of Eastland Community Trust (ECT).

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  • 13 June 2017

    Rātā Foundation Arts and Heritage Sector Scan

    Rātā Foundation undertook an Arts and Heritage Scan as part of the Foundation’s policy development work. The work was done by Martin Jenkins. Our objective is to take learning's from the scan to develop a more strategic approach to investing in the Arts and Heritage Sector. Our Board of Trustees have signed off on a new Arts and Heritage Policy for Rātā Foundation and over the next few weeks we will be adding our priorities for this area onto the funding section of our website.

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  • 13 April 2017

    Rātā Foundation Environmental Scan

    Rātā Foundation undertook an Environmental Scan as part of the Foundation’s policy development work. The work was done by Karen Denyer of Papawera. Our objective is to take learning's from the scan to develop a more strategic approach to investing in the Environmental Sector. Our Board of Trustees have signed off on a new Environmental Policy for Rātā Foundation and over the next few weeks we will be adding our priorities for this area onto the funding section of our website.

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  • 12 April 2017

    Marlborough Grants List - December 2016 to March 2017

    Marlborough Grants List for December 2016 to March 2017.

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  • 12 April 2017

    Multi-Region Grants List - December 2016 to March 2017

    Multi-Region Grants List - December 2016 to March 2017.

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  • 12 April 2017

    Nelson Grants - December 2016 to March 2017

    Nelson Tasman Grants list for December 2016 - March 2017

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  • 19 December 2016

    Grants approvals to the Nelson Community December 2016

    Grants approvals to the Nelson Community December 2016

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  • 19 December 2016

    Rātā Foundation has wrapped up its funding for 2016 with $854,376 in grants for Nelson community

    Rātā Foundation has wrapped up its funding for 2016 with $854,376 in grant approvals for Nelson community groups, including $100,000 earmarked for a building project. Louise Edwards, Chief Executive of Rātā Foundation says through its funding the Foundation wants people to feel connected to, supported by and involved in their community.

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  • 19 December 2016

    Grants Approvals for Marlborough Community December 2016

    Grants Approvals for Marlborough Community December 2016

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  • 19 December 2016

    Rata Foundation wraps up its funding for 2016 with over $571,000 in grants to Marlborough Community

    Rātā Foundation has wrapped up its funding for 2016 with over $571,000 in grant approvals for Marlborough community groups, with $190,000 earmarked for the Marlborough Community Centre building project.

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  • 16 December 2016

    Canterbury Grants Approvals August - November 2016

    Canterbury Grants approvals to community groups for the period August - November 2016.

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  • 16 December 2016

    Rata Foundation wraps up 2016 with $6 million of community grants to Canterbury

    Rātā Foundation has wrapped up its funding for 2016 with over $6 million in grant approvals for Canterbury community groups, with $1.975 million earmarked for building projects. Louise Edwards, Chief Executive of Rātā Foundation says the $2 million for building projects reflects the strong desire by Trustees to continue ongoing support of the Canterbury rebuild post-earthquake, as well as promote social cohesion within communities. The remaining $4 million has been spread across the Foundation’s small and large grants programmes. “The majority of these projects have been locally-led, with a strong focus on providing facilities for community-centered activities and events.”

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  • 06 December 2016

    Rata Foundation announces $1.1 million Earthquake Recovery Fund

    Rātā Foundation today announced a $1.1 million Earthquake Recovery Fund to provide support to the Hurunui, Kaikoura and Marlborough districts following the devastating 7.8 earthquake. Chair of the Foundation, Roger Bridge says the focus of the Fund will be on supporting the recovery of affected communities. “We know from experience the recovery period after a disaster of this magnitude can be long and difficult. It is essential for the long-term welfare of people in these regions that they get as much financial support as possible to rebuild lives and infrastructure,” says Roger Bridge.

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  • 10 October 2016

    Big donor flooded with request

    Rata Foundation approved $20.2 million in grants across its four funding regions of Canterbury, Nelson, Marlborough and the Chatham Island's in the 2015/2016 financial year. However, it received $45 million in requests over this period. Over the past year the Foundation had stream-lined its application process and taken a more strategic approach to grants.

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