CommunityCare Fund: funding announcements

Winter 2021 funding round

In September, the Transpower CommunityCare Fund panel selected 17 community projects across the country to receive a grant in the Winter 2021 funding round. The successful projects are listed below and were selected from 85 Full Applications.

The $431,553 in grants includes $131,371 towards community projects in the Clutha and Upper Waitaki areas as part of our transmission line upgrade works currently taking place in this area, and $20,000 towards a community project in Wellington as part of our transmission line upgrade works recently completed in the area.



Council  Area

Amount Granted


Te Takinga Marae Trust Motutawa Ūrupa access road rehabilitation Rotorua  $50,000 A major burial ground within Te Arawa, Motutawa ūrupa was established in 1898 and is a former historically significant pa site. Our grant is towards the large project cost to upgrade the 1km metal access road to the ūrupa and reserve which have deteriorated. A number of our transmission lines are close by
HUHA - Helping You Help Animals Trust HUHA Animal Evacuation and Mobile Response Centre Wellington $40,000 HUHA is establishing a national hub for its operations, which will include an evacuation point for Wellington residents and their animals during emergencies. The centre will offer a purpose-built campus for caring, rehabilitation and rehoming animals, a vet clinic, and animal welfare education. Located next to our Haywards Substation, HUHA hosts ten of our towers on their property and several overhead transmission lines which affects how they can use these parts of their land
Alton Coronation Hall Exterior upgrade and relining the oldest part of the hall  South Taranaki $20,000 Having completed two-thirds of the hall’s renovations last year, the community sought a grant to complete their project. The 110 year old hall hosts the Alton Wrestling Club (since the 1940's), the Alton Scout Group, fitness groups, community meetings, community celebrations, and ANZAC Day commemorations. The well-used community space is ~350m from our transmission lines. South Taranaki is an area which experiences outages 

Māngere East Rugby League Football and Sports Club Incorporated

Community Hub support – clubroom furniture



This grant is for new tables and chairs to replace the well-worn 50-year-old clubroom furniture. As well as providing multiple sports at a low membership fees, the club also serves as a hub for the Māngere community. The Club also works in partnership to design and deliver programmes to meet specific community needs, include a free hot meal service to whānau. The Club is ~350m from our lines

Temuka Golf club Combined planting project Timaru $5,000 This grant is for soil and native plants for an environmental education collaboration with a local primary school. The project will also provide recreational enjoyment for the community who use the public walking track. Our transmission lines traverse the middle of the property  
The Whau River Catchment Trust The Whau River Catchment Ecological Restoration Project Auckland $40,000 The Trust is restoring the ecological systems of the Whau River and its surrounding environment, including community awareness about environmental issues affecting the catchment. Classified as a Significant Ecological Area, the area hosts a number of our lines. The Trust note the impact of our towers in the river and estuary impact wildlife movement and tower maintenance can impact surrounding ecosystems. Our grant is for a hybrid all-wheel-drive vehicle to move essential equipment, plants and volunteers in and out of the coastal estuarine area 
Pukeatua Hall Society Pukeatua community hall upgrade: heating and insulation Waipa $20,000 The well-loved Pukeatua Hall provides space for community events and the Pukeatua Playcentre. The grant is towards a heating and insulation upgrade to the hall - and the Playcentre which required to be adequately heated. The project will provide a warm temperature-controlled environment for existing and new community groups. The hall is located ~800m from our transmission lines
Hinuera Rugby & Sports Club Renovation of cricket/training room Matamata-Piako $28,000 More than a multi-sport club, this community hub has positive working relationships with local schools and other groups who use the facilities. Our grant is towards replacing the deteriorated turf and new lighting in the training room. The training room is used all year round for training and matches, as well as social tournaments open to the community
The Community Builders NZ Trust The Ōtara Kai Village Project: fit out of community space Auckland $25,000 The Trust works to strengthen and develop communities, including South Auckland. Set up during the first COVID-19 lockdown, the Ōtara Kai Village creates a space for wellness and connection for the community and operates as a hub including for preparing food parcels and meals for distribution. Our grant is towards further kitting out the Village space including bench space, tables, plants, seating, fencing and repairing the converted shipping containers used for storage and shelter
Ōpāwa School Adventure playground Christchurch $30,000 We regularly receive applications for grants towards school playgrounds and unfortunately not all can be funded. Ōpāwa School stood out for the benefits extending to the south/eastern Christchurch community and supporting the decile four school with no main playground
Mākara Model School Shade for swimming pool Wellington $5,000 Mākara Model School's outdoor swimming pool is open to the community outside of school hours and over the summer holidays. The shade sales will support this SunSmart school’s commitments
Shannon School Shade for swimming pool Horowhenua $4,469 Currently with no shade in their pool area, Shannon School urgently need shading. The pools are used extensively by the wider community including an annual kids’ triathlon, and offers a safer space to swim than the local river
Danseys Pass Hotel Preserving Kyeburn Diggings History - community and visitors track  Central Otago $50,000 Danseys Pass is renowned for its iconic high-country landscape and gold mining heritage. Introduced wilding conifer species spread are a threat to the legibility of the gold mining history in the area, the landscape, and native biodiversity. As part of a wider plan for the removal of all wilding conifers, the Central Otago Wilding Conifer Control Group is removing the last significant seed source for Douglas Fir and Pinus Nigra species in this area which are on the Hotel’s property. The removal will enable walking and biking tracks through the 14-acre property for the community and visitors to enjoy and safely view the Kyeburn Diggings. Our grant is towards the development of the 35km dedicated tracks, bike stands for assigned parking and rest stops, and educational signage about the history
Alexandra BMX Club Inc Upgrade BMX facility: landscaping, irrigation and public shelter Central Otago $20,000 Located ~280m from our lines currently undergoing upgrade works, the popular BMX facility is open to the community seven days a week (excluding during events). The ​Club has recently redeveloped the layout of the track - our grant is towards the final stages to make the facility more usable and appealing for the community
Poolburn-Moa Creek Community Hall Committee Internet for Poolburn - Moa Creek Community Hall Central Otago $3,300 Located near our lines currently undergoing upgrade and maintenance work, this grant is to set up internet, WiFi, and telephone for the Poolburn-Moa Creek Community Hall. The hall is a hub for multiple community activities. The area has limited mobile coverage so this project will also provide more resilient communications channels, including in an emergency
Central Otago District Council Clyde Memorial Hall kitchen and bathroom renovation Central Otago $34,071 Also located near our lines currently being upgraded, the Clyde Hall features the original kitchen and no accessible toilet facilities. Our grant is towards a replacement kitchen and an accessible bathroom to improve the hall’s functionality for existing users, and be a more functional venue for the wider community
Tawa Squash Club Additional Squash Court Wellington $24,000 In the area of recent transmission line upgrade work, this grant is towards Tawa Squash Club’s project to develop an additional court. The upgrade intends to respond to the demand and attract more major events to the area. The Club works with schools with a dedicated squash programme to support wellbeing, and the facilities are used by community groups including yoga and public meetings. The facilities are ~800m from our transmission lines