SKYCITY
Community
Trusts

WE ARE PROACTIVE IN OUR BID TO SUPPORT OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES, WITH A PARTICULAR FOCUS ON HELPING FAMILIES TO BE FINANCIALLY SECURE.

Queenstown

SKYCITY Queenstown Casino Community Trust

The SKYCITY Queenstown Casino Community Trust is proud to contribute to the local community of Queenstown by supporting many worthy organisations, both large and small.

To date, the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino Community Trust has granted over NZ$1.5 million to more than 500 charitable organisations in the Queenstown – Lakes District.

For the year ended 30 June 2016, Queenstown Casinos Limited contributed NZ$105,832 to the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino Community Trust and Otago Casinos Limited contributed NZ$2,247 to the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino Community Trust.

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Criteria

The SKYCITY Queenstown Casino Community Trust considers applications from community and charitable organisations involved in the following activities:

  1. Community projects that provide care, treatment or counselling, teach life-skills and provide educational programmes or research.
  2. Projects that promote the arts, culture and entertainment in New Zealand, including recognition and understanding of different cultures living in New Zealand.
  3. Provide assistance with or support of facilities, programmes or initiatives providing for the financial security of families.

Funding principles

The SKYCITY Queenstown Casino Community Trust makes grants to organisations (and projects) that:

  1. Can prove their ability to plan and undertake activities effectively, with a good record of accountability for funding;
  2. Are striving for self-reliance, and are able to make some financial contribution to the project; and
  3. Focus on areas where a real need can be proven.

Funding exclusions

The SKYCITY Queenstown Casino Community Trust does not fund:

  • Individuals;
  • Loan and endowment funds;
  • Activities occurring outside of New Zealand or the geographic boundary of the Queenstown-Lakes district;
  • Business or investment capital; or
  • Retrospective activities.

Lower priority funding

Outlined below are activities that are considered a low-priority for funding:

  • Adult recreation, including sport;
  • General operational funding including administration and rent; and
  • Salaries and wages.

NZ$1.5

Million

to more than 500 charitable organisations in the Queenstown – Lakes District.

NZ$108,079

For the year ended 30 June 2016, Queenstown Casinos Limited contributed NZ$105,832 to the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino Community Trust and Otago Casinos Limited contributed NZ$2,247 to the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino Community Trust.


How to Apply

Applications are now being accepted until Friday 28th July 2017, 5pm.

Please see below for the Application Form and Guidance notes.

If you have any queries or would like a Microsoft Word version of the application form please contact enquiries@skycitycommunitytrust.org.nz.


Trustees

Clark Pirie
Chairman

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Clark Pirie is a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, appointed in 1994, and a partner with Macalister Todd Phillips (Queenstown) since 2005.  Mr Pirie has a general practice focusing on commercial and property law.  Mr Pirie has previously worked for Aspinall Joel Radford Bowler in Dunedin and Reuters Financial Group in London.

He is a board member of the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce.

Kerry Harper
Trustee

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Kerry Harper is an Investment Advisor for Forsyth Barr in Queenstown and has had extensive experience within the finance sector for the last 22 years.

Kerry has also played an active part in the community having been involved in Rotary for 12 years, and a volunteer at regional and national ski racing events since 1992.  Kerry has volunteered at the Winter Games since inception in 2009.

Kim Wilkinson
Trustee

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Kim Wilkinson is a well-known pharmacist in Queenstown having been owner/manager of Wilkinsons Pharmacy since 1984.  Mr Wilkinson has been involved over the past 25 years with various fundraising ventures, community groups and sporting clubs in the Queenstown area. 

Kim is a board member of Queenstown Chamber of Commerce, an elder of Wakatipu Community Church and is a past chairperson of the Queenstown Primary School of Trustees.

Michelle King
Trustee

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Michelle King and her husband Anthony own and operate the New World Wakatipu supermarket.  Michelle grew up in Queenstown and has strong family, business and sporting ties here as well as a great knowledge of the many different community groups. 

Michelle gained her Bachelor of Commerce and Laws degrees at the University of Otago, has experience working at accounting firm KPMG and over 10 years’ experience in the retail supermarket industry.  Michelle is also a trustee of the Foodstuffs Community Trust, a South Island based charitable trust.

Vickie Hill
Trustee

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Vickie Hill, born and bred in Queenstown, is a well-established business person in the local and national tourism industry having owned and operated her own Companies, Queenstown Destination Management and The Villas in Queenstown.

She has also previously managed the Southern Hemisphere’s largest winter celebration, the Queenstown Winter Festival, and the renowned Central Otago Food and Wine festival.

Along with her husband Tony, they have raised three children within the local Community and consequently, easily identifies with local Community needs.


Recipients

Since 2002 we have donated over NZ$1.5 million to more than 500 community organisations. 

To view previous recipients, please select from the list below: