Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust helped Awaroa beach bid get over the line

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Supporters of the public's purchase of Awaroa Inlet property hold party at Sumner Beach.

It was a donation from the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust which helped get the beach bid over the line, the man behind the campaign says. 

The Trust, founded by the widow of Fisher & Paykel co-founder Sir Woolf Fisher, contributed $250,000 to the public purchase of the Awaroa Inlet property. 

Initially the donation was made anonymously. 

Public donations were boosted by the Government and the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust to help purchase the Abel Tasman beach.

Public donations were boosted by the Government and the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust to help purchase the Abel Tasman beach.

The Government also stepped in with an 11th-hour offer of $350,000 to top up the $2,278,171.09 raised by pledgers on Givealittle. 

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Campaigner Duane Major announced good news on Wednesday morning after the deal was confirmed at 10.58pm on Tuesday. 

Duane Major, left, and Adam Gard'ner at a party at Sumner beach to celebrate the purchase of an Awaroa Inlet property.
John Kirk-Anderson

Duane Major, left, and Adam Gard'ner at a party at Sumner beach to celebrate the purchase of an Awaroa Inlet property.

The philanthropic donation came with "no strings attached", Major said.

He told Checkpoint with John Campbell: "After we put in [the initial offer], a philanthropic trust came in - saw the philanthropy aspect of this - and they said 'we're prepared to underwrite'.

"And then, after a short period of time, they realised 'oh, actually, we're going to donate' and then, OK, when it came time to tender bidding, we actually had a little bit more."

An aerial photograph of Awaroa Inlet and Awaroa Bay in Abel Tasman National Park.
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An aerial photograph of Awaroa Inlet and Awaroa Bay in Abel Tasman National Park.

On its website, the Trust says it aims "to make New Zealand a better place by providing young New Zealanders with opportunities that enhance their leadership skills and values, creating community, role models and future leaders". 

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Givealittle spokeswoman Lucy Fullarton said the crowdfunding site would be emailing everyone who pledged money on Wednesday and would be drawing down the money from their credit cards in the next 12 hours.

It was important for everyone to check they had money in their account so they could "be a part of history", Fullarton said.

If there was not enough money in someone's account, Givealittle would continue to email them and try to draw down the money for the next seven days.

 - Stuff

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