Transformational Grants

The TECT Trustees developed three potential options for how the special distribution could be distributed.

Two of these options (Option 2 and Option 3) proposed distributing $7,350,000 towards four significant areas that would make a transformational difference in our community over multiple years.

Click on each initiative below to find out more.

What is the issue?

Every one of us at some point in our lifetime will need, or know someone who needs, help from the emergency services.  Whether it's the Rescue Helicopter, St John Ambulance, Fire service or Coastguard, these life-saving services respond quickly to accidents and emergencies, ensuring our loved ones come home safe.

However, these critical services rely on funding and volunteers to keep our community safe.  With thousands of people in our community needing their help every year, and with our growing population, more and more funding is needed to maintain these services to ensure there is always help when we need it. The serarch for funding is incredibly time consuming for these organisations – which means less time is spent out in our community saving lives.

How could we help resolve this issue?

Our vision is that the emergency services in the Western Bay can continue to provide lifesaving support to our community for years to come, and spend more time saving lives than looking for money to keep the doors open.

We can assist by providing a multi-year funding commitment of up to 5 years, funding emergency service providers in the Western Bay. This would provide funding certainty over a longer period of time, ensuring our emergency service providers can focus on what matters most – saving lives. 

Who would potentially be involved?

  • Rescue Helicopter
  • St John
  • Fire and Emergency New Zealand
  • Coastguard New Zealand

Let’s support the emergency services and make a lifesaving difference in our community.

What is the Issue?

By age 2, a baby’s brain has reached 80% of its adult size.  The quality of experiences during the first 1,000 days of life establishes either a strong or fragile foundation for everything that follows.  A lack of support for parents, unhealthy lifestyle choices and inaccessible primary and specialist health services can lead to negative impacts on a child’s development. 

To ensure our children have the lifelong health, wellbeing and opportunities they deserve, vulnerable, high-risk mothers and babies in the Western Bay of Plenty need clear and easy access to essential support services. Currently, the support pathway for new mothers can be overwhelming, with many agencies, programmes and assessments. This can lead to late enrollments and a lack of education and support for vulnerable mothers and babies.

Improving the circumstances in which a child is raised will result in significant public health gains, reduced inequalities in health and wellbeing, and reduced costs in both healthcare and society.

How could we help resolve this issue?

Our vision is that all infants in the Western Bay have the best start in life.

We can assist by providing multi-year funding of programmes that offer ongoing support for vulnerable, high-risk mothers and babies. These programmes would ensure the basic needs of a healthy pregnancy are met, strong breastfeeding relationships are developed, diagnostics and referral pathways to specialist services are open and accessible, and parents are well supported with the knowledge and environment needed to raise healthy tamariki.

Who would potentially be involved?

  • Parental support groups
  • Early childhood providers
  • Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Thriving children and supportive communities lead to a better future for all.

What is the issue?

We all know how important it is to live in a warm, dry home. But many homes in the Western Bay of Plenty are simply not at a healthy living standard.  It is estimated that in the Bay of Plenty, just under 29,000 homes are not well maintained to that standard.

The current housing situation in the Western Bay has also led to an unprecedented number of homeless people in our community, including families and working couples. Last year, there were 470 people without homes in Tauranga. Homelessness takes many forms, from those who are without any place to call home, to the ‘hidden homeless’ – people who might be staying in shelters, or living in a car, garage or sleep out without electricity or water.  Living in these grossly sub-optimal conditions significantly increases families', children and the elderly’s vulnerability to winter illnesses, especially respiratory conditions, where the Bay has a higher than normal rate of hospital admissions.

Unhealthy homes and lack of suitable shelter for those homeless in turn leads to extra strain on our healthcare system, our economy and on our well-being as a community. A healthy home for all, one that can provide a warm, dry environment, is a basic precursor for a healthy whanau and community.

How could we help resolve this issue?

Our vision is that everyone in the Western Bay has a roof over their head, and all homes can reach a safe, comfortable temperature of 20°C.

We can assist by funding multi-year programmes that will provide insulation, heating and repairs to households at high risk from health conditions related to cold, damp housing. We could also provide ongoing funding assurance for programmes that will support emergency and transitional accommodation for those in need of shelter.

Who would potentially be involved?

  • Emergency and Transitional Housing Providers
  • Healthy Home Initiative Providers
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

Let’s make sure everyone in our community lives in permanent, safe, healthy homes that allow them to thrive.

What is the issue?

We live in one of the most beautiful regions in the world, filled with stunning landscape, diverse flora and fauna and unique wildlife. Enjoying all that the Western Bay of Plenty has to offer is an inherent part of our lifestyle. However, as our region continues to evolve, our environment is under a lot of pressure.  A growing population, climate change, changing land use and a booming economy have all affected the natural environment we often take for granted, and will continue to do so until it is no longer there for us to enjoy. 

Without education and an effective conservation programme, these changes will become more and more difficult to rectify.  We all have a role to play to ensure we preserve this beautiful region and country we are lucky to call home, for the sake of our economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being.

How could we help resolve this issue?

Our vision is to sustain and grow environmental restoration, waste minimisation and nature conservation within the Western Bay of Plenty, to protect our forests, streams, wetlands, harbours, estuaries and coastal areas as well as our own backyards.

We can assist by providing multi-year funding of programmes that make a positive difference in the environment, including environmental awareness and waste minimisation.

Who would potentially be involved?

  • Community-led Conservation Groups
  • Environmental Education Providers

Let’s educate and make change now to ensure our region can be enjoyed forever.

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