Our Vision

We aspire to be a highly respected community leader, collaborator, facilitator and investor, working for and on behalf of the community.

Tō mātou kaupapa
E ngākaunui ana mātou kia kauanuanuhia mātou hei kaiārahi ā-hapori, hei mahi tahi, hei kaiwhakahaere mā te hapori mō te hapori.

Our vision for the future

Our history. Your history. Our future.

To tatou hītori, tou hītori to tatou heke mai

This is your story – To tatou hītori, tou hītori to tatou heke mai – with a beginning and no end. We are simply the guardians of your money for future generations, acting on behalf of the communities we serve.

To look forward sometimes we need to look back. The Foundation’s history, is your history too –

“Study the past if you would define the future.”
- Confucious


The deregulation of the banking industry in the 80s was the catalyst for the formation of The Canterbury Community Trust.

Established in 1988 it received an annual dividend from TrustBank Canterbury which it distributed to not for profit organisations throughout its four funding regions of Canterbury, Marlborough, Nelson and the Chatham Islands.

It received a further injection of capital in 1997 when TrustBank Canterbury was sold to Westpac and the profits of that sale were channelled to The Trust for the community.

In our first major update to our identity since 1988, we have changed our name to Rātā Foundation. Whilst our name has changed our core purpose - grant making - hasn't. To find out why we've changed our name, check out Identity Evolution (page to come).

Today our income comes from its capital base of over $500 million, achieved through a prudent and extensive investment strategy. The Rātā Foundation is simply the guardian for current and future generations, acting on behalf of future generations, acting for you.