Special Interest Endowment Funds
We have a number of special interest endowment funds that have been set up in response to requests from donors.
If we don't have a fund for your favourite charity or cause and you'd like to donate especially to that cause, let us know. We can work with you to set up an endowment fund for any charity of your choosing.
Any donation you make to a special interest fund will be invested, protected and grown each year in line with inflation. Every year the surplus investment income from your donation will be granted to the charity or cause you selected, meaning your donation will keep supporting them forever.
You can support causes that are close to home, and close to your heart.
The special interest funds at Sunrise are the Arts, Campion College, Cancer Society Gisborne East Coast, Chelsea Hospital, Dialysis Tairāwhiti, Disability, East Coast Museum of Technology, Eastland Rescue Helicopter, Eastwoodhill Arboretum, EITSA Tairāwhiti, Gisborne Boys' High School, Gisborne Intermediate School, Gisborne Land Search and Rescue, Gisborne Rowing Club, Gisborne SPCA, Gisborne Stroke Support Group, Gisborne Volunteer Centre, Gisborne Women's Refuge, Health, Hearing Assistance, Historic Buildings, Hospice Tairāwhiti, Makaraka School, Multiple Sclerosis Gisborne East Coast, Ngatapa Rugby and Associated Sports Club, Poverty Bay A&P Association, Poverty Bay Golf Club, Sunshine Bus Service, SuperGrans Tairāwhiti, Surf Lifesaving Gisborne, Swim for Life Tairāwhiti, Tairāwhiti Community Law Centre, Tairāwhiti Museum, Tairāwhiti Outward Bound, Waikanae Surf Lifesaving Club, Waikereru Ecosanctuary, Waikohu Health, Wainui Beach School, Wainui Surf Lifesaving Club, Waipaoa Farm Cadet Training Trust, Water Sports & Leisure, Whinray Eco Trust, Women's Refuge.
The arts are an expression of creativity and imagination. Creativity takes many forms - visual art, literary art and performing arts such as music, theatre, dance, spoken word and film. A donation to the Arts Fund at Sunrise is your opportunity to support a thriving arts scene in Gisborne/Tairawhiti for generations to come.
The Arts Fund was seeded by long-time supporter of the arts, Dame Bronwen Holdsworth. She hopes local people will join her in building a meaningful legacy for our creative community.
Cancer Society Gisborne East Coast
Our local Cancer Society strives to reduce the incidence and impact of cancer in the Tairāwhiti community. They help in real and practical ways offering counselling, transport and patient support groups, and promote Smokefree and SunSmart policy and practice.
They receive no government funding and are solely funded by way of grants and donations from our community.
There are many causes of kidney disease, high blood pressure and diabetes being the most common. Uncontrolled diabetes negatively affects quality of life and can be fatal. With the increase of diabetes on the East Coast kidney disease and dialysis treatment are on in the rise.
The harsh reality is most patients will be on dialysis for the rest of their lives. The team at the Dialysis Unit at Gisborne Hospital hope the fund will help make it as enjoyable as possible.
Eastland Rescue Helicopter
The Eastland Rescue Helicopter is a not-for-profit charitable organisation whose primary aim is to deliver lifesaving critical care to patients on our remote East Coast.
They work hard to raise the money needed to keep the essential rescue service on 24/7 standby. The organisation is volunteer led with one full time pilot.
Revered as the National Arboretum of New Zealand, Eastwoodhill encompasses over 131 hectares of rolling hills, 25km of walking tracks, and is home to 3,500 species of exotic and native trees, shrubs and climber plants.
While Eastwoodhill is regarded as the largest and most comprehensive collection of Northern Hemisphere trees south of the equator, just as significantly it is also an important community resource, attracting thousands of visitors annually.
When Tairāwhiti Polytechnic merged with EIT Hawkes Bay in 2013 the Tairāwhiti Students Association was wound up and the proceeds transferred to EITSA Tairāwhiti. Board members wanted to see those funds secured for the future benefit of students in our region. They established this fund to protect and grow this legacy for future generations of students in Tairāwhiti.
Gisborne Boys' High School
Gisborne Boys’ High School has a proud history and impressive reputation for supporting personal, academic and co-curricular excellence. The foundation stones of their teaching and learning programmes are respect, honesty, perseverance, loyalty and courage. Boys’ High is where young men become young adults.
Their mission is 'challenging young men to develop and achieve their potential'. They nurture their students' academic, cultural and sporting potential along with their development as young men.
Gisborne Intermediate School
GisInt is focussed on meeting the unique characteristics and needs of emerging adolescents. They prepare young people for living in the 21st century and to be positive, contributing members of society.
Their mission is ‘growing great people’. They deliver a broadly balanced holistic programme, designed to develop the whole person so they are able to excel at high school and beyond.
Gisborne Land Search and Rescue has been searching for and rescuing lost, missing and injured people for nearly 60 years. Their specialist search and rescue skills are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Gisborne Rowing Club
The Gisborne Rowing Club was established in 1874 and is the only club in the Gisborne area providing coaching and support for rowers of all ages and abilities.
The Club has been largely self-sufficient over its history, sourcing sheds and boats through community support, fundraising and occasional grants.
Gisborne Stroke Support
Although having a stroke can be overwhelming for those affected, many go on to live a normal life. Gisborne Stroke Support believe the survivor's circle of support is core to their recovery.
They assist stroke survivors, their families, whanau, friends and carers throughout their stroke journey with free programmes and professional care.
Gisborne Hearing Association closed in 2016 after nearly 70 years advocating for and assisting those with hearing impairments. The Association’s work continues through the Hearing Assistance Fund at Sunrise, which was established with the residue funds of the long running organisation.
Hospice Tairāwhiti provides community based hospice care for the people of Tairāwhiti, from Morere to Potaka.
Hospice or palliative care is specialised care for patients who are terminally ill. Their focus is on improving quality of life for the patient and providing support for the family. The aim of Hospice is to help people make the most of their lives, to live every moment in whatever way is important to them.
Makaraka School has a rich history, over a long time. Established in 1875 it is one of the oldest schools in the district and has grown over the years from 80 to 130 students.
The majority of Makaraka School kids come from farming environments where there are a multitude of hazards and dangers. Their vision of risk and adventure is about continuing to grow and be better than before. It helps kids be more active, healthy and confident. Makaraka School is bringing back ‘old school’ values.
Ngatapa Rugby & Associated Sports Club
Ngatapa was established over sixty years ago and has grown from a small country sports club to over 500 members, many of whom are from town and others coming from as far afield as Tolaga, Matawai and Mahia.
They hope to inspire success through sports by providing guidance and positive role models. They are fortunate to have people who choose to share their time and skills with the club. The commitment of those volunteers helps members to grow in their sport, as well as promoting fair-play and respect for others.
Poverty Bay A&P Association
The Poverty Bay A&P Association is one of the oldest surviving organisations in Gisborne. As custodians of Showgrounds Park and the A&P Show for over one hundred years, they are an integral part of Gisborne life.
They established this fund to secure the Show’s future and create an enduring legacy to protect these community treasures for future generations.
Poverty Bay Golf Club
Established in 1893, Poverty Bay Golf Club is renowned as one of the best links courses in New Zealand. The club, which is the 5th oldest in New Zealand, ranks among the country’s top golf courses and has played host to numerous prestigious events, including the 2020 New Zealand Men’s and Women’s Amateur Golf Championships.
They established their fund as they want to see the golf club maintained and enhanced as a sporting venue and community facility long into the future.
SPCA in Gisborne
SPCA helps animals who are sick, injured, abused or abandoned.
With low government funding they rely heavily on the generosity of people that want to make a difference for animals that can’t defend themselves.
You can help give animals in Tairāwhiti-Gisborne a better life with a donation to the Gisborne SPCA Fund at Sunrise.
Sunshine Service takes the elderly and disabled who live in Gisborne, Wainui and Makaraka, to medical and dental appointments, recreational and social activities. Their service is a lifeline to the people that use it, many of whom would be housebound without the friendly door-to-door service.
Their fleet of four purpose built vehicles, which have hydraulic hoists and can carry two wheelchairs, have friendly and helpful volunteer drivers and assistants who take extra care when helping clients in to the vans.
Photos kindly supplied by Jamie Troughton
Surf Lifesaving Gisborne
Lifeguards patrol our beaches through the long summer months, identifying potential danger spots, constantly on the lookout for swimmers in distress. We rely on our people in red and yellow to provide safety in the surf.
Surf lifesaving is predominantly run by volunteers and relies on sponsorship and donations from the community. Our clubs need financial support to help them carry out the important work they do every summer to prevent drowning and injury.
Manutuke School enjoying swimming lessons
Swim For Life Tairāwhiti
Swim For Life's swim and survival education is delivered to around 2,800 students per year, from Manutuke to Hicks Bay, helping children to become confident and safer in the water.
Programmes are targeted at low decile schools where parents are often unable to support extra-curricular activities such as swimming.
Tairāwhiti Community Law
Tairāwhiti Community Law Centre strives to support those people that have unmet legal needs. Legal advice, assistance and representation are provided and, in conjunction with special legal experts, law-related workshops and training for community and voluntary organisations are offered.
Tairāwhiti Outward Bound
The Tairāwhiti Outward Bound School Course is designed in partnership with our local secondary schools. Students are selected because they show commitment at school but are not yet achieving to their full potential.
Local Year 12 students will push themselves to the limit and discover what they are truly capable of. They will build courage and resilience, experience success as a member of a team, identify their own values, develop an appreciation for the natural environment and gain experience being of service to others.
Waikanae has been patrolling the beach and keeping our community safe in the water since 1950.
Their qualified lifeguards provide over 1,500 hours of voluntary beach patrol every summer. That is a huge benefit to our community, as well as the many visitors that enjoy the beach when they are in Gisborne.
They have up to 150 young people on the beach on Sunday mornings learning how to look after themselves in the water. Many of those kids don't have access to the kind of equipment they provide for them.
Waikereru Ecosanctuary is a beautiful, peaceful place for visitors; a home for the Wild Lab, an innovative science programme that inspires young people to learn about and take care of local waterways and landscapes; and an experimental site for sustainable land uses.
Dame Anne and Jeremy Salmond established Waikereru as they believe the chance to spend time in such wild places should be the birth right of every kiwi kid.
Wainui was the first club in the Gisborne District dedicated to surf lifesaving. They have been preserving and saving lives since 1939.
Wainui is a challenging environment, there are a lot of rips and big swells, so they need the best lifeguards they can possibly have patrolling the beach.
A small family orientated club, Wainui has members from all generations patrolling the beach, and participating in Nippers, Ocean Athletes and national rep teams.
Waipaoa Station Farm Cadet Training
Waipaoa's training encompasses both practical and theoretical components, with trainees studying toward National Certificate qualifications while experiencing the annual farm cycle first hand.
Their nationally recognised training initiatives are leading the way in preparing future agricultural leaders.
Whinray Eco Trust
Did you know that 90% of kiwi chicks are killed by stoats every year and that Kiwi are still on track for extinction in our forests because of predators?
The Whinray Ecological Charitable Trust was formed with the intention of restoring the kiwi and other native endangered wildlife species living in the Motu area and to protect the Whinray Scenic Reserve.
The Sunrise Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation, and all trustees and committee members are volunteers.
There are however operating costs, and the Board works hard to ensure that administration and investment management costs are kept to a minimum.
Due to the generosity and support of the local J N Williams Memorial Trust, Eastland Community Trust and Clark Charitable Trust, the establishment and operating costs of Sunrise were covered for the first four years. Following that, no more than 1% of the value of endowment funds may be used for ongoing operating costs.