Already investing $120m

LETTER

I thank the editor for your insights into our brand launch in yesterday’s editorial. Your title is on point — this has been much more than a rebranding exercise.
One thing I would like to give further clarity to is where you imply we have reduced our investment target from up to $120 million by 2025 as announced earlier this year to $100m at the brand launch. The simple explanation is that we have already been working towards that target since the initial announcement.
There have been many distributions under our Takitoru Communities team including $5m to the new airport terminal, $1.6m to the warmer homes initiative and over $200,000 to Gizzy Kai Rescue. There have also been many more distributions to over 40 additional community organisations during this period.
Trust Tairawhiti has also made significant investments into projects aligned with our Takihoko Business team and Takitapuwae Tourism team since we announced the $120m figure. This includes continued investment into the Prime Wood Cluster Centre of Excellence.
Following yesterday’s insert that had a two-page spread outlining distributions and investments by Trust Tairawhiti in the past six months, we will continue to publish a summary every two months so we are transparent with our communities.
We will also continue to engage our region with “Konohi ki te konohi? What matters to you?”
I encourage everyone to take the trust’s online survey at www.trusttairawhiti.nz and let us know the factors that have the biggest impact on your wellbeing. This will allow us to make distributions and investments in line with with the priorities of our communities.
Tatau Tatau
Gavin Murphy
CEO Trust Tairawhiti
I thank the editor for your insights into our brand launch in yesterday’s editorial. Your title is on point — this has been much more than a rebranding exercise.
One thing I would like to give further clarity to is where you imply we have reduced our investment target from up to $120 million by 2025 as announced earlier this year to $100m at the brand launch. The simple explanation is that we have already been working towards that target since the initial announcement.
There have been many distributions under our Takitoru Communities team including $5m to the new airport terminal, $1.6m to the warmer homes initiative and over $200,000 to Gizzy Kai Rescue. There have also been many more distributions to over 40 additional community organisations during this period.
Trust Tairawhiti has also made significant investments into projects aligned with our Takihoko Business team and Takitapuwae Tourism team since we announced the $120m figure. This includes continued investment into the Prime Wood Cluster Centre of Excellence.
Following yesterday’s insert that had a two-page spread outlining distributions and investments by Trust Tairawhiti in the past six months, we will continue to publish a summary every two months so we are transparent with our communities.
We will also continue to engage our region with “Konohi ki te konohi? What matters to you?”
I encourage everyone to take the trust’s online survey at www.trusttairawhiti.nz and let us know the factors that have the biggest impact on your wellbeing. This will allow us to make distributions and investments in line with with the priorities of our communities.
Tatau Tatau
Gavin Murphy
CEO Trust Tairawhiti
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Mike Sanders - 30 days ago
I'd feel better about my wellbeing with cheaper power bills Gavin. Rebrand all you want, but remember where the money came from. You've got enough in your kitty to play with, how about returning some to the so-called beneficiaries?

Thelma Karaitiana - 29 days ago
E te Etita, I commend the generous disbursements by Trust Tairawhiti to a variety of community organisations, and I particularly applaud the inclusive nature of these. On the converse we, the taxpayers of New Zealand have, disbursed $23 million on an event which in retrospect did what? In Turanganui a Kiwa our creative palates have been well satiated by the wonder and diversity of numerous events, including the hugely successful Tairawhiti Arts Festival. When closely followed by the launch of Trust Tairawhiti and the brand "Whiria", one cannot help but consider what is being filtered outward across the region. I see Whiria as a significant and necessary challenge towards creating a place, a land where the scared weaving of wellbeing requires "Tatau, Tatau" or "All of Us". In order to realise "Tatau, Tatau", or to give it more thrust, might I be so bold as to suggest Trust Tairawhiti implement an innovative and progressive education programme about Te Tiriti o Waitangi or The Treaty of Waitangi. By doing so the Trust can give life to the notion of "Whiria" and also realise the profound and visionary base upon which this country is built. The blueprint is already here and it continues to challenge each and every one of us to make the shift towards national well-being. In the words of the much esteemed Moana Jackson, it is about the rightness that comes from people accepting their obligations to each other. "Me whiria, ka tika."