Our Sponsors and Donors are critical to the wellbeing and development of Guthrie-Smith Tutira’s activities. The annual income from our investments and the willing help of volunteers help sustain the property however we are reliant on the financial support and other assistance we receive from our benefactors.
We are extremely grateful to many organisations and people who support our endeavours financially and who have enabled the Trust to create such a unique asset for the education and enjoyment of both young and old. The trust is a registered charity and all donations are tax deductible.
Over the past year we have been the recipients of some extremely philanthropic gifts. Details of these can be found below.
Urban Sustainable Living Project
John Timpson has made available the use of his property in Havelock North and is working with the Trust to illustrate how urban properties can be utilised for a more sustainable form of living and for environmental benefits. In addition, his property has accommodation available for visiting speakers, researchers etc. We are currently evaluating with educators the best and most practical way for us to achieve this objective.
The second incredible gift was made by Stuart and Alison Riden with a Memorandum of Understanding signed to the minute of the centennial anniversary of Armistice Day. The gift involves approximately 30 hectares of neighbouring land north of our current property and offers magnificent views of Lake Tutira and ensures that almost all of the perimeter of the lake will be preserved in perpetuity. This area will be known as The Sanctuary. Further information can be found on our Future Plans page.
Japanese Section Shelter & Seating Area
Plans for a further shelter and seating area to be created in the Japanese section of the Arboretum are well underway, thanks to a generous donation by the Executors of the Estate of Barry Robert Rollo. Barry Rollo was a frequent visitor to Tutira often stopping by on his through journey to fish the lake.
Thanks to the donations from the Joan Fernie Trust and the First Light Community Foundation, construction of an indoor climbing wall, together with safety mats is now complete. This provides another confidence boosting challenge for school camps and has proven to be a great alternative activity particularly in wet weather.
Grants received in 2019
We are grateful to the Gwen Malden and Joan Fernie Trusts for donations that enabled us to purchase a much needed commercial trailer that our Curator, George Christison, uses in his daily farm and arboretum maintenance.
A successful application to the Bernard Chambers Charitable Trust enabled the Guthrie-Smith Trust to purchase a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV). Having the means to transport children with impaired mobility around the Arboretum and to the lakes meaning they can participate more fully in school camp activities.
Earlier this year, the team at the Stihl Shop in Hastings supplied a post hole borer to the Trust at a generously discounted price. We have enjoyed the benefits of an ongoing relationship with this supplier for many years and offer our condolences at the recent and sudden loss of Mike Brough.
We record our most sincere thanks to the following and many others:
Dept of Corrections | Hawkes Bay Foundation | NZ Lottery Board | Pam Torbett Charitable Trust | E&C Community Trust | NZ Tree Crops Association | Joan Fernie Charitable Trust | Dendrology Charitable Company | Gwen Malden Charitable Trust | Bernard Chambers Charitable Trust | HB Mazda | Kubota New Zealand and CB Norwood | Infinity Foundation | Springhill Charitable Trust & Frimley Foundation | Estate ALH Williams | Pan Pac Forest Products Limited | Hawkes Bay Regional Council | NZ National Parks and Conservation Foundation | Peter Harris Trust | The Paulus Family Foundation | Peter Holt Trust | Ron Greenwood Environmental Trust | Napier City Council | Eastern Institute of Technology – Ideas School | Band | David Belcher Photography | Tumu Timbers | Bill Lawrence – Nurseryman | Tree Guys Nursery | Harrison Trees Palmerston North | Quentin Roberts | Laurie Cooke, Nurseryman | Michael Hudson, Gwavas | Heretaunga Building Society | Hastings District Council | First Light Community Foundation |