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BayTrust Summer 2018 Update
29 November 2018
BayTrust Summer 2018 Update
You are receiving this email because, as Chief Executive of BayTrust, I thought you may be interested in receiving a quarterly update on what is happening at BayTrust. 
 
It has been a busy and productive year for the team at BayTrust, and with the warmer weather fast approaching I would like to take this opportunity to give you some Summer reading.
 
Trustee Updates
 
We recently said goodbye with a big thank you to three long serving Trustees, Wayne Marriott (Eastern Bay), Roku Mihinui (Rotorua) and Steve Morris (Western Bay) as their terms ended.  The wealth of knowledge, input and skills they bought was of huge benefit to BayTrust.
 
Four new Trustees have been appointed: 
  • Mawera Karetai (Eastern Bay).  Mawera has skills and experience in education, governance and community involvement.
  • Steve Napier (Western Bay) brings with him extensive governance and professional investment knowledge.
  • Stephanie Northey (Rotorua) is a well-respected family lawyer and deeply involved in her local community.
  • Roger Taylor (Western Bay) has a senior management background in the health and social service provision as well as governance and volunteer roles in the community.
We welcome them to the Trust and look forward to their contributions.
 
Staff updates :
  • Lisa Hickling who previously contracted to BayTrust, has now joined the team as the Trust’s part time evaluation and research specialist.
  • BayTrust has decided to provide an opportunity for young people to work in a professional environment and be exposed to how we work; gaining skills and experience that will help them in their future professional life.  We welcome Jess Gamble to the team for the next few months to fulfil this role.
  • BayTrust is currently looking to engage a short-term contractor to help develop an Iwi Engagement strategy, with the intent of strengthening our partnership and working relationship with local Iwi and Te Ao Maori organisations.  Please go here for more information if you’re interested in this short-term contract position.
 
Community Amenities Fund
 
Our first Community Amenities fund is now complete with four applicants each receiving a share of $1.05m.    The fund was for applications between $100,000 and $500,000 and supports capital projects that will facilitate and enable the delivery of new/ or the expansion/preservation of existing Community and Environmental Assets that align with the Trust’s Outcomes and Attributes. 
 
Although the Trust is still working through some of the conditions with the applicants, I am pleased to announce the four successful projects: - 
  • $250,000; Tahataharoa Wetland Development (WBoP District Council)
  • $400,000; Construction of new surf lifesaving patrol hub (Papamoa Community Surf Trust)
  • $200,000; Community Aquatic centre outdoor pool roof structure (Whakatane District Council)
  • $200,000; St Chads renovation of community centre (St Chads Communication Centre)
 
Drop-in Centres – Baywide
 
The Trust held five drop-in centres through the Bay in September.  These were to help groups find out more about our funding framework, catch up and meet with staff and let our team find out what organisations were doing in our communities.  Feedback from these drop-in centres was that our outcome and priority areas accurately reflect current community needs whilst still allowing for broad based community funding.  The feedback from drop-in centres is really valued by BayTrust and we will be planning to run these again during 2019.
 
Investments
 
BayTrust’s transition from Russell Investments to Cambridge Associates has gone smoothly and despite volatile world markets we are still in a good financial position.  Cambridge Associates is an investment firm that started in the United States.  It provides investment portfolio management and advisory services to a number of community foundations and philanthropic organisations across the world. 
 
Sports awards
 
It was a real pleasure to attend the 2018 BOP Sports awards held at ASB Arena.  This year was a celebration of 50 years with a long and prestigious history in the region recognising all aspects of sport from local clubs and volunteers right through to individual athletes at the top of their sporting careers.  BayTrust sponsors the Coach of the year where congratulations went to Allan Bunting – Black Ferns Rugby Sevens who also went on to win the Supreme Award of the year for 2018.   The overall calibre of the nominations was extremely high showing what excellence sports people the Bay of Plenty produces.
 
Planning day
 
Looking forward to 2019, BayTrust will commence the year with a planning session to look at how we can continue to improve our current funding framework as well as being strategic and looking for partnership opportunities in the youth, housing and environment space.
 
2018 Grants
 
Finally, to see some of the great projects we have funded over the last nine months, you can visit our website where we list the organisations and projects who have received funding. 
 
While you’re on our website, it is also a good opportunity to re-familiarise yourself with our outcome and priority areas, or you can get there directly by following the link here.
 
Office closure
 
The BayTrust office will be closed from 21 December 2018 and re-opening on 7 January 2019.
 
Lastly, myself and the team wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope that everyone has a safe and happy Summer (remember to slip, slop and slap!)   And as always, I am available on my email and by phone.
 
Ngā mihi
 
Alastair Rhodes
BayTrust CEO
 
P: (07) 578 6546
M: 021 921 737