Nau Mai, Haere Mai!

We know you're busy with the rush towards Christmas and the summer break, but we have a brief favour to ask.

Please check out the Live Give Love Waikato feature below and click the link there to answer the questions about giving back to the region you call home.

Thanks as ever for your support and have a great festive season!

Waikato Engineering Education Fund builds capacity

Creating a long-term local solution to the growing skills shortage in the engineering sector is the aim of a new philanthropic investment fund at Momentum Waikato.

The Waikato Engineering Education Fund (WEEF), which will focus on innovation, diversity and equity in the industry, was launched by the Waikato Engineering Careers Association (WECA) at its recent 20th Anniversary event at The University of Waikato’s impressive new Pā.

Hanga-Aro-Rau, the Workforce Development Council for Manufacturing Engineering and Logistics, applauds this new Fund, as the skills gap is currently set to grow by 38 per cent to 40,000 workers by 2028.

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You love living in the Waikato and like to give back to the local community you and your family call home.

Momentum Waikato is building a culture of generosity in the Waikato and we’re keen to hear and understand what motivates you to be generous.

So please share your perspective and vision by visiting and answering the questions you'll find there.

Craigs Christmas Giving targets seasonal challenges

Each year Craigs Investment Partners donates a total of $150,000 through its Christmas Giving initiative to a range of charitable groups across the country.

This year six groups across the Waikato have received grants from Craigs Christmas Giving, a diverse range of charitable organisations that are particularly busy during the holiday season, including Special Children's Christmas Parties pictured above.

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Intercultural initiative seeks insights over a cup of coffee

At the Launch of MOCA in late October - L-R Jenny Nand, Ninitha Koy, Ankita Singh (guest speaker), Kelvyn Eglinton (Momentum CEO), Antoine Gilbert-Saad, Holly Snape, Priya Kurian, Jovi Abellanosa, Mark Servian, Vanisri Mills.

A new fundraising campaign using a branded coffee ‘KeepCup’ to prompt people to have conversations about building bridges between cultures was launched last night at a function at the Ferrybank Lounge in Kirikiriroa-Hamilton.

‘The Movement for Open Culture Aotearoa’, or ‘MOCA’, is a new initiative of the Waikato Intercultural Fund, which was established in 2019 by Momentum Waikato, the region’s community foundation, as a positive response to the Christchurch terrorist attack.

Fund Co-Chairs Jenny Nand and Mark Servian say the team of volunteers they lead aim to gather a ‘giving circle’ of people who donate, fundraise, and invest together to support activities that grow an ‘open culture’ worldview in the Waikato.

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Another busy year for the Waikato Women's Fund!

Chantal Baxter, 2023 WWF Chair

It has been another great year at the Waikato Women’s Fund, with five grants distributed and six enjoyable events. Thanks to everyone who came along to our most recent event, the Annual Members Meeting on Tuesday 28 November.

We were particularly pleased the Fund returned a positive investment result this year of 6.79%, enabling more grants to local organisations, and continuing the Fund’s purpose to help women and girls achieve their aspirations.

Four grants have been awarded from our 2023 investment returns.

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Welcome Margaret and Mark

The Momentum Waikato Board has recently welcomed two new trustees - Margaret Wilson and Mark Ingle, both long-standing champions for the Waikato.

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