Nau Mai, Haere Mai.

welcome to the latest news from your local community foundation, we have a fair bit to report!

You’re invited to boost high-impact conservation funding

There are simply too many good conservation projects asking for support, all of them offering volunteer time-and-energy and well-designed plans to counter local ecological challenges but needing resources to enable the actual work.

That’s the ongoing challenge facing the Waikato Catchment Ecological Enhancement Trust – the WCEET, and why they have partnered in a new public donation initiative with Momentum Waikato.

“Without any promotion, our funding rounds are always over-subscribed,” says WCEET Chair Gwyn Verkerk.

“So we’ve set up the WCEET Fund with Momentum Waikato, as both a new investment income stream in its own right, and to provide an easy way for the public to donate towards the expansion and long-term sustainability of this crucial local conservation funding.”

The goals of the WCEET fund are to protect and enhance wetlands, indigenous biodiversity and the sports fishery and gamebird habitat.

Read more.

Momentum offers a menu of smart giving options

Do you want to financially support local social and environmental activity across the Waikato in a way that ensures your help has an effective and ongoing impact?

Momentum Waikato has a portfolio of philanthropic investment funds, each set up by a community group, social enterprise or local champions to diversify and grow the income enabling their own or others’ worthwhile work.

These funds grow within the multi-million-dollar regional endowment in Momentum’s care, benefiting from its scale. Part of the resulting investment income goes back to the initiator’s operation or is distributed in the community, and part is re-invested, as per their wishes.

A number of these ‘named funds’ welcome public donations - meaning you can help grow its income and impact by adding to its capital.

Momentum now has thirteen such funds in its care, together supporting a diverse range of community activity – from art to sport, environment to disability support, for specific locations or the whole region.

Read more.

Share the Stage Showcase tomorrow night!

Come along to the Share the Stage Showcase, a variety show featuring great local talent happening at the Clarence St Theatre TOMORROW NIGHT – 7pm, Friday 28 October.

The price of seeing it is completely up to you - this is a community and family event, so we are inviting you to attend and simply pay what you want!

Which does mean that it is not a ticketed event, so seating will be ‘first in, first served’.

All proceeds go towards the Waikato Regional Theatre project.

Do please come and enjoy the show!

Celebrating a century of Mooloo rugby

Momentum Waikato is proud to be packing down with the Waikato Rugby Union in their Centenary year. We have their Waikato Communty Rugby Fund in our care and are supporting ‘A Journey through 100 years’ Black-tie event at Claudelands Event Centre on Friday 25 November.

100 years of Waikato rugby will be celebrated in style. Hosted by James McOnie and Honey Hireme-Smiler, attendees will be taken on a journey through a century of Waikato rugby by NZ’s most well-known rugby commentators, John McBeth and Grant Nisbett.

To find out more and order tickets visit 'Waikato Centenary Events'.

Waikato Women's Fund do it again!

From the Waikato Women's Fund team.

Wow, what an amazing event! Big smiles on our committee's faces after soaking in the wonderful energy of Waahine Toa: RISE at The Atrium a couple of weeks ago!!

We would like to give a huge thank you to our event sponsors Tompkins Wake, Craigs Investment Partners and Soda Inc. for the endless support of the fund.

Thank you to our amazing speakers Sarai-Paea Bareman, Te Waka Ruapounamu McLeod and Stacy McIntosh Harrïe and Sam for sharing your stories, journeys, and nuggets of inspiration.

Thank you to the legend MC Jan Maree for always bringing the energy and creating such a fun and comforting environment.

Thank you Katrina Tombleson and Campbell Scott from Harcourts Hamilton for working the room during our live auction.

And THANK YOU to everyone who attended Waahine Toa: RISE this year and for supporting the values and mana of the Waikato Women's Fund!

"The power of women and the dreams of girls"

Welcome Michelle and Andrea

Michelle Crook, our Community Engagement Coordinator - Coromandel/Hauraki

Andrea Jones, our new Office Manager

We've welcomed two new faces to the Momentum Waikato team over the last few weeks.

Michelle Crook started in early September in the new role of Community Engagement Coordinator - Coromandel/Hauraki. Michelle is based in Whangamata and is introducing what we do to her neck of the woods.

Andrea Jones then joined us in late September as our new Office Manager, replacing Rhianon Lewis. As with her predecessors, Andrea is now the one 'really running this place'.

It is great to have both of them aboard!

Read more about Michelle and her role.

Read more about Andrea and her role.

Making it easy to donate to a community project

Tamahere as a community has come together in partnership with Waikato District Council to develop Tamahere Park as 'the heart of the village'.

The development includes a destination-level playground, skate park, half-size basketball court and a performance stage in the new 'town square', all of which sit alongside junior football, cricket and lacrosse fields. Artistic furniture in the Park created by metal sculptor

Marti Wong has meanwhile been sponsored by local families and businesses.

Now the community is gathering support to install CCTV in the Park, plus shade sails over its playground - donating is a simple and effective way for individuals and companies to contribute towards making Tamahere an even better place to live and play.

Momentum Waikato is providing the online means - all donations are passed directly on to the Tamahere Park project for immediate use (not added to an investment fund as we usually do).

Just visit, select a Payment Option, and then select 'Tamahere Park Redevelopment' from the menu before paying. We're making it easy to support this great community project!

Find out more about Tamahere Park.