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Ōtorohanga Charitable Trust makes grants to not-for-profit groups and individuals in Ōtorohanga for charitable purposes beneficial to the community.

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In May 1990 the Ōtorohanga District resolved to proceed with a new Community Centre on the Town Hall site in Maniapoto Street, where the library and the Village Green now sit. In June 1990 the Ōtorohanga Community Trust was formed and Trustees J Miller (Chairman), D Bailey, T Brittain, Mrs B Corboy, J Earwaker, A Miller, M Pevreal, C Prescott, G Sanders, G Wilshier, & C Wilkins were appointed. The plans were for a building to be called the ‘Ōtorohanga District Community Centre.’

When this project did not proceed, the funds were offered back to those who had donated them, or they would be held for the benefit of Ōtorohanga. The Ōtorohanga District & Community Charitable Trust Inc. was formed in April 2000, and received the funds that were not required to be returned.

The first trustees appointed to this new Trust were Rex Byles - Chairperson, Peter Burton, Robert Walters, Peter Kerr-Bell, Sue Blackler, Robyn Lewis and Brian Tappenden. They received the sum of $270,000, and the wish that the funds should be used for the benefit of all the citizens of the Ōtorohanga District. Grants were made from the Trust generally once a year in April/May, through application forms available from the Ōtorohanga District Council offices.

In June 2019 the Ōtorohanga Charitable Trust proudly opened the doors to Ōtorohanga Medical, which houses many medical services for the community. This purpose built facility is changing for the better, the options of health services available locally.

In 2020 the current Trustees are Kim Ingham - Chairperson, Bob Strawbridge - Vice Chairperson, Arnold Van Straalen, Bronwyn Tubman, Deb Wilshier, Andrea Pye, Dan Ormsby and meeting secretary Barbara Jones.


Our Vision

Our vision for Ōtorohanga District communities are connected, inclusive, vibrant and resilient. Together, we are paddling our District’s waka.

Our Mission

Our mission is to invest wisely and grant effectively for our community.

“Doing the most good for the most people.”

Our Values

We are business like, respectful and compassionate.

We are growing and protecting a fund for future generations. The fund belongs to the community and we are its current custodians.

Our grantmaking is straightforward, transparent, strategic and responsive

Our Goals

Our investments

Grow our capital fund, develop and implement financial policy and budgets

Our granting

Understand the needs of our community, make impactful grants, develop and review a robust grants process

Our Trust

Build strong and effective governance, be accessible to Ōtorohanga people and promote the Trust’s work


Grant Application

Applications are considered by the Trustees in funding rounds, generally held five times per year. You can apply online or by printing and emailing your application to 
For more information on eligibility please see our FAQ page.


The best team at the Waikato Property Council Awards, 2019.

The Ōtorohanga Medical Project Team was absolutely thrilled to be nominated for, and then win the Best Team Award at the We Are Waikato Property People Awards. The Waikato branch of Property Council New Zealand awards were held at The Atrium at Wintec House in Hamilton on Thursday 17 October 2019.

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The awards recognise and celebrate those in the Waikato who have made outstanding contributions to the built environment. The Ōtorohanga Medical Project Team comprised of - Ōtorohanga Charitable Trust, Chibnall Buckell Team Architects, BTW company, Livingstone Building NZ, Innerscape, Terra Group, Ōtorohanga Medical Centre, PCD Fire Designs.


The Best Team Award recognises a team who has demonstrated excellence by developing a specific project of any size that is outstanding in terms of design, sustainability, profitability, promoting growth, and inspiring and influencing future development.

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There were six fantastic projects in this category and it was wonderful recognition for the hard work and heart that was poured into the project. The Trust recognised the incredible opportunity and responsibility to reflect the holistic nature of healthcare delivery in this project, and believe that has been achieved. Through having multiple services in one space, allowing outside services to come to our people in a place they feel supported, and through the carefully considered artworks, carvings and words recognising spiritual, emotional and cultural elements, we believe this space has the energy to reach all our community members and improve the health for the community and district of Ōtorohanga.

Go to the link below to read more;


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