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Read news releases and feature stories from our newsletter. We hope they inspire you and demonstrate the dynamic potential of the not-for-profit sector.

October 2013

Tackling the tough issues -  our Catalysts for Change programme 

New approaches to solve the complex social issue of street homelessness, prevention and intervention programmes to empower vulnerable young people and their families, and an innovative approach to youth services will be supported by ASB Community Trust over the next five years.

August 2013

High tech youth studios announced

The Government has announced $1.9 million in funding to enable the High Tech Youth Network to develop the new Auckland studio, and another in Dunedin. The latest funding comes on top of grants from ASB Community Trust have been supporting the development of the High Tech Youth Network Trust's Auckland studios since 2006.

Change the world with film

Young people all over New Zealand are being urged to change the world with film in The Outlook for Someday 2013 challenge.

Māori Maps website shortlisted for award

The New Zealand-created Māori Maps website has been shortlisted for an international award.

July 2013

Art in the Dark  

Art in the Dark threw the switch on a brilliant art show in Auckland’s Western Park.

Child abuse targeted  

The Tikanga Whakatipu Ririki programme, providing positive parenting models to end Māori child abuse, has helped more than 1,600 families in the past 12 months.

Reconnecting Northland’s ecosystems  

An ambitious conservation project is underway to restore natural processes and ecosystems across the whole of Northland, supported by The Tindall Foundation and ASB Community Trust.

Tranx tackles silent addiction  

A silent, long-term addiction to benzodiazepines is affecting the lives of thousands of New Zealanders, says drug and alcohol treatment specialist TRANX.

Music from the past plays on  

A plan to make Auckland’s music heritage more available to the public has seen 17,000 items of the city’s music history indexed into a searchable database.

Driven to change lives of young people  

A driving behaviour programme aimed at young drivers apprehended for driving offences offers learning that both changes the young people and their future decision-making processes, says the EDUK8 Charitable Trust which runs the programme.

Modern amenities at marae  

A marae has existed at Mititai, in the north Kaipara, for more than 120 years – but until last year it had to function without a dedicated power supply.

Surf’s up for students  

Auckland students have hit the water in the lead-up to summer, with a three-week long learn to surf programme at Piha, on the West Coast.

Tracking units keep wanderers safe  

A clever piece of technology used by Auckland Land Search and Rescue, (Auckland landSAR), assists with tracking down people, when they go missing, who are living with dementia, Alzheimer’s, autism and other illnesses which can cause them to wander.

June 2013

2013 public meetings set

Dates and venues have been set for our Auckland and Northland public meetings.

Project to cut power consumption by 80%

A Bay of Islands charity’s project to generate its own solar electricity is expected to save it up to 80% on energy consumption.

April 2013

Aquatic plan wins award

The Greater Auckland Aquatic Action Plan (GAAAP) took the Community Collaboration award at the annual Sport NZ Sport and Recreation Awards ceremony, held in Wellington this week (Monday, 15 April).

PM officially opens building

Prime Minister John Key officially opened ASB Community Trust’s offices at 50 Ponsonby Road, Auckland on 5 April 2013.

Allendale opening - Chair's speech

Speech by ASB Community Trust Chair Ken Whitney for the official opening of Allendale House.

Allendale opening - CEO's speech

Speech by ASB Community Trust CEO Jennifer Gill for the official opening of Allendale House.

March 2013

International writers inspire young readers

Thousands of Auckland schoolchildren will be able to enjoy the annual schools’ programme when the Auckland Writers’ and Readers’ Festival kicks off in May.

National resource created for young yachties

A facilities upgrade at North Shore’s Wakatere Boating Club has created a national resource for young Kiwi yachties.

Apprentice training success

Another nineteen students have graduated from the Trades At School programme, run by the C-Me Mentoring Foundation Trust.

Killing the forest killers

On a recent visit to Whangarei’s Pukenui Forest, a group of schoolchildren learned some hard lessons about conservation – that the killers in the forest have to be killed.

Renovations win praise

The Trust has moved back to its historic home in Auckland’s Allendale House. Staff returned to the house at 50 Ponsonby Road after the Christmas break, following extensive renovations at the property during a two-year project that included building a modern office annex next door.

Effective funding for our community

Find out about funding areas and our funding priorities for 2013.

New managers appointed

A High Engagement Manager and a Corporate Services Manaager have been appointed at the Trust.

Youth funding research shared

A new publication focused on the impact of the Trust’s Youth Health & Development (YHD) Fund is now available on our website.

Smartphone app a top download

The smartphone app launched last year to showcase New Zealand’s unique wildlife has topped the 20,000 download mark.


December 2012

Report assesses youth health funding impact

The second report from the ASB Community Trust’s Youth Health and Development Fund is now available to download. It describes the impact of the YHD Fund on capacity development during the fund’s first two years.

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