Trish Boyle Named As New Community Trust South Chair

Community Trust South has today announced the appointment of Trish Boyle as the new Chair of Community Trust South. Trish takes over the Trust’s role of Chair from Penny Simmonds effective from 1 May 2020, Penny’s term as Trustee is due to finish at the end of May 2020. Lindsay Wright will remain as the Deputy Chair.

Penny Simmonds says, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Chairperson for the Trust and I am delighted to see Trish in the Chair role as she is going to bring experience, knowledge and understanding to the role and the stability we need both now and for the coming months.”

Trish was appointed as a Trustee in July 2013 and served as Chair in 2014-2016 during which time the Trust developed the strategic plan which underpins the Trusts work today.

“I believe my facilitation, leadership and communication skills, as well as my collaborative work in many different teams, my integrity and commitment to local and global communities, are evidenced in the work I do for Boards and charitable organisations that I am involved with especially Community Trust South.” says new Chair, Trish Boyle.

The Trust has confirmed that they will be taking a long term view with regards to maintaining granting levels and the Trust has approved a grants budget of $6.5 million for this year, at this point. The Trust will be working to ensure it can continue to provide community support during this difficult time. Staff and Trustees will continue to actively engage with organisations in our community so that we can ensure the Trust appropriately targets our funding to provide the best support for our community both now and into the future.

“There are so many community organisations and communities that are showing such strength and resilience during what is a particularly challenging time. We are going to continue to work alongside and support these community organisations and communities as we all adapt, innovate and navigate the times ahead”. says new Chair, Trish Boyle.

Community Trust Shake Up – Chair Margot Hishon & Two Trustees Out

The Community Trust South board has had a clean out of trustees by associate finance minister David Clarke. It’s been announced that three current trustees have been replaced from 1st June.

Community Trust South Chairwoman Margot Hishon, Stephen O’Connor and Warren Skerrett have been replaced by Stephen Canny, Bill Moran and David Goble.

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The Community Trust was rocked back in 2016 by controversy when then general manager John Prendergast resigned, but only having been told it was the unanimous wish of trustees that he do so. Citing legal constraints, Hishon and the trustees have resolutely declined to explain their decision and Prendergast himself says he was not told why.

New Name, New Brand For Community Trust of Southland

The Community Trust of Southland has a new name, new brand and website as it celebrates 30 years of supporting thousands of community and individual ventures.

The trust has officially changed its name to Community Trust South and unveiled its new brand at a celebration attended by many of those it has helped over the years.

“The area we support is wider than Southland,” said Chair Margot Hishon. “We provide community grants from Stewart Island to Glenorchy, Te Anau to Tapanui and all the places in between, including the Wakatipu area and parts of West Otago.

Our new name better represents that wide area in which communities and individuals can apply for grants or scholarships. Our logo is greater than the sum of its parts, as is our community. The bright and modern colours of our new logo represent the diversity, growth, innovation and creativity that will ensure our region thrives for future generations.”

The community-owned trust was formed in 1988 when the banking industry in New Zealand was deregulated and Trust Bank Southland became a company. It has since distributed over $186 million to its communities, including $6.4m to 446 groups and individuals during the 2017-18 year.


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These range from one of its first ever grants to the 150 year-old Invercargill Garrison Band, to $4 million towards development of the ILT Stadium, one of its largest ever funding commitments.

Fittingly, the new brand launch was held at the stadium, along with an exhibition telling the stories of 30 recipients of the trust’s support from across all the years, geographical areas and strategic pillars of its operation.

Two of the past recipients presented at the event, Pauline Smith, Co-ordinator of Murihiku Māori and Pasifika Cultural Trust, organiser of the hugely successful Polyfest festival; and award-winning singer songwriter Jenny Mitchell who was awarded scholarship support to study at the Academy of Country Music in Australia.

“We are proud to be celebrating 30 years of supporting our community,” said Trust General Manager Jackie Flutey. “We wanted to recognise and celebrate the amazing people and groups within our community that make these projects happen. We support them financially but they are the doers and it is a wonderful partnership.”

Founding Chair Bob Simpson was at the event, to cut a celebratory cake with Margot Hishon, along with over 100 guests, including representatives from community groups which have benefited from trust support.

The trust’s Māori name, Te Pou Arataki Pounamu o Murihiku, was gifted to them by Ngāi Tahu Rūnanga of Murihiku and will remain the same. This means ‘the stanchion that all pathways in Murihiku lead to where people obtain the treasures that enable them to fulfil their aspirations’.

Blomfield Ready For Australian State Swim Champs

When Invercargill swimmer Jacob Blomfield puts on the heavy bass, it’s time to go to work.

The James Hargest College Year 12 student will represent New Zealand for the first time when he competes at the Australian state swimming championships in Canberra from October 3-5.

A member of Academy Southland’s first year intake, Blomfield has been able to take the things he is learning across mental skills, nutrition, strength and conditioning and athlete life, to cope with the demands of heavy training load and his studies, where he is aiming to achieve excellence endorsement.

Which is also where the heavy bass comes in.

When Blomfield is getting ready for the big race, he switches off his normal tunes and puts on something with some heavy bass and the big beats.

It doesn’t even really matter what it is, he’s not really listening to the music, just using the space to focus his attention on the things that matter.

Competing in Canberra, will be a big moment for the talented freestyler, who will race over a range of distances, including his specialist mid-to-long distance events.

“I’m looking forward to it, I’m hoping it goes well and I’m hoping that there are more opportunities to come,” Blomfield said.

“I’m want to swim PBs, trust in the processes and not get too shaken by the big lights and being at a big meet. I just want to do the best I’ve ever done, in terms of my own performances.”

“I try to stay calm and I use music to do that, to block everything out and just focus. I try to just control the things that I can control – like if I rip a swimming cap or something, I’m prepared for that.”


Academy Southland’s Jaxon Taylor Prepares For First World Champs Race

The many hours of combining training, work and study will pay a dividend when Invercargill triathlete Jaxon Taylor represents New Zealand for the first time in Australia next month.

Taylor will compete in the junior world triathlon championships as part of the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final on the Gold Coast from September 12-16.

“It’s my first time representing New Zealand so I don’t have anything to expect, but I’m definitely looking forward to the experience. It’s going to be a really good development opportunity,” Taylor said.

“At the moment I’m trying not to have any expectations, because I don’t want a lot of nerves running through my head. I’m trying to look at it as an opportunity to just race as well as I can and just go out there and have my race.”

Taylor will utilise the mental skills training he has received through Academy Southland to ensure he doesn’t let the occasion get the better of him in Australia.

He’s learnt plenty during his first year with the Academy, including the realisation that rest is as important as recovery.

“I didn’t know how to rest really. I used to just smash my body all the time and I’m starting to learn through my new coach Jansen (Rogers) that resting is good and needs to be done because that’s when you improve,” he said.

“That’s had a massive affect – my training times, everything feels so much better. Injuries, I don’t have those little niggles, and my head space is a lot better, I’ve got more time and I feel more relaxed.”

The Year 12 Southland Boys’ High student is not afraid of a bit of hard work.

Along with a heavy training load, Taylor also works part time at Windsor New World, as well as staying on top of his studies.

“It definitely requires a lot of time management. It’s about 18 hours of training, 12 hours of work and I’m trying to get excellence endorsement this year because I got that last year. I wake up early, get my training done early so I’ve got time after school to do the other stuff. There’s a lot of discipline required, you can’t just go out with friends when they want you to, but that’s the commitment I’ve chosen.”

A talented runner who would sometimes go out for a ride with his father and brother, Taylor fell in love with triathlon in Year 7 when he entered the Southland schools championships and won in his first attempt.

He got in touch with the Southland Triathlon and Multisport club, joined Glenn McLeay’s training group and the rest is history.

“The thing about triathlon – I love those dark, dark days when you are out there by yourself and you really get to know yourself. There are days when you are on the bike, it’s freezing cold and you know that you are probably one of the only ones out there doing it. I just love that. I love pushing myself, getting to know who I am – everyday is a new challenge that you have to overcome.”


Plans For New Multi-Million Dollar Heart to City Revealed (video)

Preliminary plans for the redevelopment of the Invercargill Central business district were revealed to business leaders and media in a presentation last night.

The multimillion-dollar project will see the majority of an inner city block demolished to add a ‘heart to the city centre.

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Community Trust of Southland Reopens Major Grants Funding to $8 million

The Community Trust of Southland today announced the Trust will reopen a Major Grants round in 2018-19, investing an extra $1.5 million into the community for grants over $100,000.  This will bring the grants budget up to $8 million for the year ahead.

Major grants funding had been paused in 2016 as the Trust focused on a period of capital rebuild.

“When things were tough for the community during the GFC the Trust made a decision to assist by keeping granting at the same level, and more recently we have been focusing on rebuilding capital for the Trust investment fund. However, the Trust has made considerable progress in rebuilding capital and we now believe that the Trust can increase its funding budget whilst continuing to rebuild capital” Community Trust of Southland Chair Margot Hishon says.

“The community have indicated that there is a need for funding support for a number of major projects, and we are responding to this so that major community projects may be able to progress”.

“The Community Trust of Southland board have committed to a major grant round of $1.5 million for 2019-2020 as well, which will allow for the community to plan ahead for major grant applications”.

Jackie Flutey, General Manager for Community Trust of Southland agreed with Mrs Hishon, saying the increase in the grants budget is part of an ongoing commitment for the Trust to invest in community projects that align with the Trust’s strategic priorities and vision.

“The increase in funding is an exciting development that recognises the Trust’s commitment to support projects and organisations that will make tangible differences within our region”.

“In response to the needs of the community we are also making some other changes including; expanding the simplified application process for smaller grants from $5,000 and under to now include $10,000 and under. Also, the cap on general grants has now been lifted to $100,000. Previously the maximum amount groups could apply for was $50,000” Mrs Flutey says.

“This year the Community Trust of Southland is celebrating 30 years of working with the community and we are delighted that the major grants funding coincides with this special anniversary and is available again to community groups”.

Applicants have until 15th June to submit expressions of interest for major grants. Selected applicants will then be invited to submit a more detailed application. For more information on Community Trust of Southland Major Grants round please see here.

Community Trust of Southland Announces New General Manager

The Community Trust of Southland (CTOS) has today announced the appointment of their new General Manager. Jackie Flutey, of Invercargill, will commence the role in February 2018.

“The Trustees are delighted with Jackie’s appointment and are very much looking forward to working alongside Jackie. She brings wide ranging experience to the role, an understanding of the philanthropic sector and has strong existing relationships with community and stakeholders” says Trust Chair, Margot Hishon.

Mrs Flutey is the current Manager of the ILT Foundation and has been in this role since 2015. Prior to this, Jackie worked at the Southern Institute of Technology for 15 years in a variety of management and administration roles.

CTOS has investments of $219 million and provides grants to the communities of Southland, Wakatipu Basin, Heriot and Tapanui. In 2016-17 the Trust approved $5.5 million to the CTOS community. “I am very much looking forward to taking on the challenge of this new role.

Working alongside the Community Trust, with grants for larger projects in my current role, I have gained a good appreciation of the work done by the Trust.

I look forward to the opportunity to expand my understanding of the needs of the wider CTOS community and the opportunities to provide benefit back to that community through this role.” says Mrs Flutey. Denis Woods has been the CTOS interim General Manager since June, following John Prendergast’s resignation as Chief Executive.

Mr Woods will continue in the role until Mrs Flutey begins in February.

Spring Festival to Feature Pop Ice Skating Rink

It’s almost spring and there’s going to be a celebration to get the season off to a festive start during September.

The inaugural Spring Festival is all about three weeks of outdoor fun and recreation revolving around a giant snow globe and a temporary ice skating rink at the Gala Street reserve.

For Venture Southland Major Events Coordinator Claire Blau the process of bringing the festival together has been a very satisfying one. “It is important to us that the Southland community has access to new experiences that they can enjoy with family and friends.

We are excited to be bringing the ice skating rink and the snow globe to Invercargill for the first time.”

“Ice-World New Zealand has toured New Zealand, setting up in Auckland, Palmerston North and most recently in Christchurch.”

“The skating rink is 15m by 25m so there’s no shortage of space for skaters.

We expect people will keep coming back for more over the three weeks which include the two week September school holidays.”

“Enter the 10m x 4m snow globe and immerse yourself in this interactive and fun activity which is to be provided as a free experience.

It is particularly popular with children and evoke nostalgia in adults.”

The Spring Festival is the result of collaboration between Venture Southland, Ice-World New Zealand, Community Trust of Southland, Invercargill Licensing Trust, ILT Foundation and the Invercargill City Council.

Our partners recognise the value of unique events that inspire and bring opportunities for Southlanders to come together and celebrate as a community. If the Spring Festival proves a hit, it will become a regular feature on the Invercargill events calendar.

The Invercargill Spring Festival will run from 22 September until 15 October 2017

Community Trust Grants $300,000 In Funding To Koha Kai

The Koha Kai Charitable Trust has been granted significant funding of $300,000 from the Community Trust of Southland (CTOS) Innovation Fund.

The $1 million Fund aims to support organisations that offer new solutions, creative ideas and fresh approaches to address community issues and opportunities.

CTOS chairwoman, Margot Hishon said Koha Kai was an excellent example of how a community group can create transformational change and positively impact our community.

“The programme is making some remarkable differences in individuals’ lives as the young people learn new skills and self-value in a workplace environment. The Community Trust is happy to be able to support the programme as a funding partner, to enable Janice and her team to continue their great work,” she said.

For the past two years Koha Kai has been working with people who have been marginalised and isolated in the community due to living with the challenges of disability. The Koha Kai programme teaches people how to cook nutritious food, become more self-sufficient by growing their own vegetables and provide lunches to vulnerable children in low decile schools and has seen a positive flow-on effect of the programme, with children taking the lead in enabling integration of people with disabilities into the wider community.

Koha Kai project lead Janice Lee said receiving the funding had been like a huge weight has been lifted from our shoulders.

“We are so excited – we have just started three new trainees this week. This investment from CTOS has given us the confidence to take them on, secure in the knowledge that we can follow through with our promise to the guys. It just means so much,” she said tonight (May 3).

“Everybody who works for Koha Kai has been doing so on a volunteer basis, but lack of funds has proven to be the greatest threat to the success of our programme. This is significant funding, and it will ensure continuity and stability for Team Leaders and staff, especially those people who are struggling financially, but committed to supporting the work that we do.

”It’s just amazing to see how people’s lives have been transformed and the confidence they have developed as they understand how much the community values the service they are providing. Now, thanks to this partnership with CTOS we can keep our focus on developing our programme rather than wondering how we will manage to pay the next bill.”

“The funding is a win, win situation,” says Lee “and now we have secured our place, we can look forward to extending our range to other schools, confident that we will be able to maintain our programme.”

The Community Trust’s funding will support the operating costs of the programme for the next 16 months.