The Sunrise Foundation - Gisborne/Tairawhiti

The Sunrise Foundation - Gisborne/Tairawhiti


Thanks to Eastern & Central Community Trust The Sunrise Foundation - Gisborne/Tairawhiti and GFS - Gisborne Financial Services Ltd
Celebrating International Women's Day!

We had 3 epic Well Wahine Week surf sessions with our girls and teens, moms and daughters.

Thanks to Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti, The Sunrise Foundation - Gisborne/Tairawhiti and Eastern & Central Community Trust
We absolutely love our new neighbours - Lynda, Glenda and Janine from The Sunrise Foundation - Gisborne/Tairawhiti.

Please take the time to connect with this fabulous team, by following their social media platforms. They've doing such fantastic mahi in our community through building a strong future for generations to come in Tairāwhiti ❤.

The Sunrise Foundation is an organisation for local people to give for local needs, to help build a strong future for Tairāwhiti-Gisborne forever.


Wills months is a chance to remind people of the importance of having a will and keeping it current. When a loved one passes away, it is incredibly challenging and even more so if it there is no will or it is out of date.

For many people, leaving a gift in their will is a more achievable way of fulfilling their long-term charitable goals, as circumstances often dictate that we cannot give as much as we would like while we're alive.

Glenda Stokes, Sunrise executive officers says, "A gift in your will, of any denomination, can make an enormous difference for causes you care about in our community but costs you nothing now."

Gifts to Sunrise are invested in perpetuity, generating income that is distributed annually to local community organisations.

Add Sunrise to your will for free in September with partner law firms Woodward Chrisp and Nolans.


A huge thank you to Architects 44 who have joined the Sunrise team as our latest sponsors.

Company Directors, James Blackburne, Rachael Spriggs and Dan King say that sponsoring Sunrise is a wonderful way to give back to the community.

"By placing our sponsorship with Sunrise we're able to support a wide area of our community, rather than just one cause," says Rachael.

Architects 44 are experienced in delivering a wide range of architectural projects from large commercial projects to smaller, intimate residential renovations. Dan says they've got lots of exciting work underway and are always looking for experienced architects or graduates to join their team.

Thanks again Architects 44 for helping us make a difference in the community we all love!

'Big dreams can happen' - Community Foundations of New Zealand 28/08/2022

'Big dreams can happen' - Community Foundations of New Zealand

Big dreams can happen!

We all have a big dream for our community.

We all have different causes that we care about, whether it's the arts, education, environment, health, social services or sports communities. You can make your dream for Tairāwhiti-Gisborne your happen through The Sunrise Foundation.

Make your gift last forever.

To find out more, email [email protected] or phone 06 867 7939.

'Big dreams can happen' - Community Foundations of New Zealand Make your big dream happen through your local Community Foundation - video by Community Foundations of New Zealand, featuring Sir Stephen Tindall and Miriama...


Hot off the press!! We’re looking forward to this exhibition opening.

Book and paper conservator Aline has done a fabulous job - we’re so lucky to have someone with those skills living locally!

We're delighted to feature in the latest The Sunrise Foundation - Gisborne/Tairawhiti newsletter.

The Museum established an Endowment with The Sunrise Foundation recently, and this year we were able to access surplus income to conserve some very special copies of a rare book held in our regional heritage collections here at the museum.

The Art Album of New Zealand Flora by Edward and Sarah Featon of Gisborne is an amazing book (the first full-colour art book published in New Zealand) and we'll be telling the story of the book and its creators in a new exhibition and publication opening on 25 November this year.

We'd like to acknowledge Aline Curtis, a Gisborne based book and paper conservator for undertaking this work for us and ensuring these books will be looking their best for the exhibition.

Projects like this are an expense that is generally beyond our operational budgets so the Endowment Fund is one way we can ensure the museum's collections have the care they need for now and future generations.

If you'd like to support our Endowment Fund, and projects like this please get in touch with Glenda Stokes at The Sunrise Foundation.

Featon exhibition among museum highlights 22/08/2022

Featon exhibition among museum highlights

It was wonderful to see the article in last nights The Gisborne Herald about The Art Album of New Zealand by Edward and Sarah Featon, a rare book published in 1889 which will be exhibited at Tairāwhiti Museum, an exhibition opening 25 November. The original watercolour paintings are held in the collections of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and many of them will be borrowed for the exhibition.

Eloise Wallace, Tairawhiti Museum director says it's wonderful to see the endowment fund they have with Sunrise growing, enabling them to employ an expert to actively conserve and clean significant artefacts such as the Album.

Featon exhibition among museum highlights THE artistic work of 19th-century Gisborne couple Sarah and Edward Featon, some of which was presented to Queen Victoria, will feature in one of the highlights of the 2022-2023 year at Tairāwhiti Muse...


SEPTEMBER IS WILLS MONTH and our campaign 'Big dreams can happen' launches later this week! You can make your big dream for your community happen, through your local Community Foundation.


We are very proud to announce that award-winning journalist and presenter, Miriama Kamo has joined our team of CFNZ Ambassadors.

Miriama says that Community Foundations of New Zealand are a brilliant concept.

"It can hard to know where your giving will make the biggest impact. The beauty of Community Foundations is that advice is available to help achieve impact across your interests - for me that's te ao Māori, enviornment and education. I love that giving can be so specific to the things that matter to me, and can work for the future of Aotearoa."

To read more about CFNZ's ambassadors, click below.

Makaraka School Mud Run a ‘fantastic challenge’ for students 15/08/2022

Makaraka School Mud Run a ‘fantastic challenge’ for students

This week Makaraka School kids got down and dirty at their school mud run! Well done to all those that took part.

Makaraka School is one of the oldest schools in our region, with many of the students coming from farming backgrounds. They have a vision at the school of 'risk and adventure' and I'm sure there were plenty of both those things for the kids that ran the course!

Donating to the Makaraka School Endowment Fund is a wonderful way to help support them forever.

Makaraka School Mud Run a ‘fantastic challenge’ for students Students got stuck into the Makaraka School Mud Run this week at a new venue — Waipura Station at Maclaurin Road.“It was fantastic in terms of a challenge,” ...


Dame Bronwen Holdsworth DNZM, ex-Sunrise Trustee, established the Arts Fund Endowment Fund with Sunrise.

Bronwen is a long-time supporter of the arts, and seeded the fund to support a thriving arts scene in Tairāwhiti-Gisborne for generations to come.

"I want to support the talent in our region who are contributing to the wealth and diversity of our magnificent artistic and cultural traditions," says Bronwen.

The arts are an expression of creativity and imagination. Creativity takes many forms - visual art, literary art and performing arts, such as the dancing competitions on this weekend at the War Memorial Theatre showcasing ballet, tap and modern dance.

If you would like to join Bronwen in supporting the local arts in our community, please visit our website for ways to donate to the Arts Endowment Fund.

Hub a ‘new era’ for Gisborne-East Coast Cancer Society 08/08/2022

Hub a ‘new era’ for Gisborne-East Coast Cancer Society

Cancer Society Gisborne East Coast help with free and confidential services to assist you during your cancer treatment pathway and beyond. They strive to reduce the incidence and impact of cancer in Tairāwhiti.

Read more below about the opening of Gisborne-East Coast Cancer Society Community Hub on 518 Gladstone Road. The new complex will allow the Cancer Society to offer better guidance, support and information to clients.

If you would like to actively support the vital work they do within our community by making a donation to the endowment fund they have with us at Sunrise, please visit our website.

Hub a ‘new era’ for Gisborne-East Coast Cancer Society Tuesday was an average day, weather-wise, but was still “a wonderful day” for Gisborne-East Coast Cancer Society general manager Heidi Stander. She was speaking at the opening of the society's new com...


Congratulations to The Tindall Foundation who reached an incredible milestone this year - giving over $200 million to New Zealand communities, organisations and charities.

Over this time, the Tindall Foundation have contributed almost $250,000 to the Tairāwhiti region through The Sunrise Foundation. We are enormously grateful for this support, which has enabled so many local groups to make a significant difference in our community.

Photos from Gisborne Volunteer Centre's post 05/08/2022

Gisborne Volunteer Centre provide an amazing service to our community. Go and say hi if you’re at the Home & Lifestyle Expo!


Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust have tickets for their Annual Charity Auction for sale. A guaranteed night of glamour and fun!! The Sunrise team have booked a table - come and say hi!

The range of services provided by Eastland Helicopter Rescue includes primary response for accidents and critically ill patients, search and rescue (including off-shore missions), and inter-hospital transfer throughout New Zealand. Eastland Helicopter Rescue also supports police operations, the fire service and civil defence.

If you're not able to make the Auction night but would like to actively support them, you may like to make a donation to their endowment fund with Sunrise. Any donation you make will be invested and grown each year in line with inflation. The surplus investment income will be granted back to Eastland Helicopter Rescue every year, meaning your donation will keep supporting them forever!


The Gisborne A&P has been enjoyed by thousands of families, running for over 140 years, and has contributed to the social and economic fabric of our community.

It's such wonderful news that it is back on this year. Mark the date, 14 & 15 October on your calendar!!

Glenda Stokes, Sunrise executive officer believes there aren't many entities in New Zealand that can claim such longevity. Even so, it's a battle for small organisations to stay financially viable and deliver this large and complex event. A donation to their endowment fund with Sunrise will help secure the future of the A&P Show by guaranteeing a reliable source of income forever.

To go in the draw to win a membership to the Gisborne A&P Show, see the details below.


It's our pleasure to share our 2021/22 Annual Report.

Thank you to all those in our our community who support Sunrise - we couldn't do it without you. Since launching in 2014, we've grown our funds invested to $6.5m and have distributed grants of $750k to worthy causes in our community.

The report includes stories about grants we have distributed, the wide-reaching impact we're having in the community and it also celebrates our generous donors and sponsors. Well worth the read!


Do you know about The Sunrise Foundation's General Fund?

It's hard to imagine what the needs of our community will be in the future, and the beauty of the General Fund is that is able to adapt to meet whatever those needs may be.

We have an annual funding round where we invite local charities, organisations and worthy causes to apply for funding for the General Fund, with applications assessed by our Grants Committee.

Since launching Sunrise in 2014, we have granted $752,000 to local causes.

The General Fund exists due to the generosity of our local community. All donations made to the General Fund stay local, supporting local needs. You can gift donations of any size, every little bit helps.

All donations are invested, protected and grown, meaning your generosity will support our communities needs forever. Every year some of the investment income is retained to ensure your gift grows in line with inflation and is protected from market fluctuations. The balance of the income from investments is distributed to worthy causes throughout Tairāwhiti each and every year, forever.

If you would like to donate and help make Gisborne-Tairāwhiti a better place now and for future generations, then follow the link to our website.

Timeline photos 25/07/2022

SPCA Gisborne Centre are thankful for the number of people who are standing up for chained dogs. If you would like to show your support, and become part of the collective hoping to change the current law, follow their post below.

If you would like to actively support the Gisborne SPCA endowment fund with a donation, follow the link below. This will help them continue doing their awesome mahi! All donations to their endowment fund stay local, benefiting our local SPCA.

New Zealand, thank you. We’re in awe of the passion we’ve seen from you this week, and so heartened by the number of you who are standing up for chained dogs.

Thank you to every single one of you who has engaged, shared, and responded to our call to BREAK THE CHAIN this week. Most of all, thank you to anyone who took action by emailing the Minister who has the power to CHANGE THE LAW.

This is a team effort, and we hope that with our voices combined, our collective action will result in concrete law change which will help countless dogs. We will keep you updated on any and all progress in this space, and remember, if you haven’t been able to add your voice to the cause just yet, it’s not too late! You can head to at any point in the coming three weeks to take action.

On behalf of the ones who have no voice – a giant thank you, New Zealand. (📸: Jo Moore)


Outward Bound believes in learning through doing. Students are encouraged to take responsibility over challenges ahead of them. Whether that's leading the way on an expedition or managing their team to complete and activity. Their focus lies in building transferable skills and attitudes that remain far beyond a student's time with them.

John and Diane Logan, Self Storage Gisborne and Clark Charitable Trust have all committed to sending fourteen Year 12 students from Gisborne-Tairawhiti to Outward Bound each year, giving them the chance to experience some life changing activities.

Half of their donations go into the Outward Bound endowment fund at Sunrise for future students, and the other half is used for the current years intake.

Peter Jex-Blake, Self Storage Gisborne director says, "With the social needs this region has, we thought if we can reach children before they leave school, this is an opportunity to turn young kids into role models."

Lucky Goel and Elspeth Legget (pictured) were two of the students selected for 2022. They shared some of the challenges and expriences they faced while at Outward Bound at a celebratory gathering for family and supporters.

Follow the link if you would like to donate and actively support the Outward Bound endowment fund, helping send more deserving students in the future.

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