Outdoor pursuits centre sits at top of funding payouts

Last updated 11:42 11/12/2013

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Topec has received the largest pay out in the latest round of grants from the TSB Community Trust.

The outdoor pursuits centre received $49,950 from the trust, which it had been supported by since 1994.

The money will go towards continuing to subsidise courses for school children attending the centre, Topec director Stephen Ralph said.

"It's fantastic to receive the continued support from the trust. Without the grants, kids would have to pay extra money to attend Topec."

He said the trust had supported Topec for close to 20 years. The outdoor pursuits centre was established in 1986 and the TSB Community Trust is their main sponsor.

This year's grant is significantly lower than amounts received in the past two years.

In the 2012/13 period Topec was granted $134,950.

In 2011/12 the amount was $314,950.

Trust manager Maria Ramsay said the amount was the standard annual sum granted to cover the centre's student subsidies.

She said in previous years the amount had been increased to cover additional costs, which included the construction of the Eco Leadership Lodge, additional staffing and equipment replacement.

"Those have been completed and they are now back to the standard student subsidy that they have received for many years."

Another recipient of a grant from the trust was the organiser of the Oakura beach carnival.

The Oakura Beach Carnival Trust was formed by a group of Oakura residents to keep the New Year's Day carnival running after it was announced by its previous organiser that it would not be held in 2014.

The carnival trust's chairman Richard Shearer said he was "stoked" to receive the $5000 grant.

"This is totally what we need to get started."

He said the grant would help the carnival get back on its feet and become financially sustainable in the future.

A number of other significant grants were paid out in the eighth round of funding for the 2013/14 financial year, including $45,000 to St Barnabas Anglican Church and $40,000 to both the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Taranaki Charitable Trust and Coastal Taranaki School's board of trustees.

In total the TSB Community Trust paid out $404,082.25 to 64 different organisations and individuals.

Full list of November grants:

Community:

Taranaki West Coast Citroen Car Club $1200. St Barnabas Anglican Church $45,000. Okato Development Trust $350, Rerekapa Hut Supporters Inc $400. Opunake Volunteer Fire Brigade $700. Stratford Community Foodbank $2000. Hawera Horticultural Society $200, New Plymouth Cactus and Succulent Society $200. Stratford Creative Fibre $200, Waitara Machine Knitters Club $200. Republic of Whangamomona $2800. Taranaki District Maori Wardens Assn $1400, Oakura Beach Carnival Trust $5000. Combined Probus Club of New Plymouth $200. Taranaki Volunteer Coastguard $1400. Age Concern Taranaki $700, Waitara Senior Citizens Inc $700. Rural Women Stratford $200. TSB Topec $49,950.

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Cultural:

Shimera Middle Eastern Dance Inc $350. Netherlands Society - Taranaki $350. STDC - Hawera Altfest $10,000. Okato & District Historical Society $350. Hawera Memorial Theatre Friends Trust $700.

Education:

Senior Net - Hawera $700. Huiakama Playgroup $400. Coastal Taranaki School BoT $40,000, Fitzroy School BoT $2100, Inglewood High School $4200, Stratford Primary School $30,000, Taranaki Education Trust $21,000.

Individuals:

Julian Weir - Swimming $500. Corey Peters - Skiing $1500, Eden Bristowe - Modelling $1500.

Projects:

Clifton Park $334. Literacy Workshop $1849.

Sporting:

Midhirst Combined Sport Club $400, Oakura Junior Sports Club $2100. Central Badminton Club $400, Taranaki Badminton Assn $2800. New Plymouth Basketball Assn $25,000. Nolantown Bowling Club Inc $400, Opunake Bowling Club $800. Taranaki Bridge Congress Inc $400. Auroa Cricket Club $400. Inglewood Croquet Club $400. Taranaki Golf Assn $20,000, Waitara District Veteran Golfers Society $400. New Plymouth Clay Target Club $9,000. Taranaki Race Walking Club $400. Central Taranaki Indoor Bowls Assn $400, Merrilands Indoor Bowling Club $400. Inglewood United Rugby Football Club $30,000. Okato Squash Club $400. Okato Swimming Club $400. Spotswood Volleyball Club $400.

Welfare:

Lifeline Taranaki Inc $2800, NZ Fed of Sports Medicine - Taranaki $350, Taranaki Ostomy Society $700, Pregnancy Help Taranaki $7000. Taranaki Asthma Society $700, Women's Centre New Plymouth $4000. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Taranaki Charitable Trust $40,000, Te Puna Trust $25,000.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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