Throughout their lifetimes, Bunny and John Mortimer were exceptionally generous and supportive to their community, most notably with their gifting of Taitua Arboretum to the city of Hamilton.
“Their service and their selfless philanthropy has made our patch a far better place."
Bunny has left a bequest to the Momentum Waikato Community Foundation, a ‘gift in Will’ revealed at its opening.
Born and bred here, Marcus Feisst says the fast-growing Waikato needs to build world-class facilities like the Waikato Regional Theatre to really fulfill its potential.
“If the quality of the building is top level it will attract top talent and have a big flow-on effect to further development. We’ve got to be committed to producing something spectacular."
“I’m looking forward to seeing my kids on its stage,” he says, recognising that getting up in front of an audience builds self-confidence and character, regardless of where you then go in life.
A desire for her and her siblings’ grandchildren to have an equal opportunity to achieve is why Nancy Caiger got involved in an initiative focused on the needs and aspirations of local women and girls.
“I wanted my gifts to provide some leverage, a base that others can build upon in the years ahead.”
The Waikato Women’s Fund follows the example of the Auckland Foundation’s Women’s Fund. Research shows women donate differently – smaller more frequent giving over longer timespans, with a real interest in those who benefit.
The Waikato has a number of great general funders, but Nancy could see the need for a sustainable support system guided by and targeted at local women.
Back in 2016 a local lawyer raised the possibility of a bequest and the advantages of investing it for sustainable returns.
She directed us to anonymously target her fund’s gifts to scholarships for Pasifika girls living in the Waikato.
The scholarships are already being granted, late last year the recipient was Wesley College head girl Sharon Tuipala (pictured).
Leaving a bequest in their Wills towards the future of the Waikato is an important priority for a couple looking to give back to the region they love to call home.
“We feel absolutely enthused to be part of something that's larger than us, that will last beyond our time here, delivering joy to future generations.”
“The concept of placing part of our estate into a perpetual fund that keeps working and giving to the community, long after we're gone, was therefore attractive. We seek to contribute to our community while we're alive, why not when we're dead?!"