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 NZ$1.92 million to more than 667 charitable organisations in the Queenstown – Lakes District.

For the year ended 30 June 2019, Queenstown Casinos Limited contributed NZ$149,723 to the SkyCity Queenstown Casino Community Trust.  Otago Casinos Limited contributed NZ$1,435 to the Wharf Casino Charitable Trust which in turned donated it to the SkyCity Queenstown Casino Community Trust for distribution to the community.

Corporate Social Responsibility

SkyCity Entertainment Group

Claire Walker

Chief People and Culture Officer


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$1.92

Million

to more than 667 charitable organisations in the Queenstown – Lakes District.

NZ$149,723

For the year ended 30 June 2017, Queenstown Casinos Limited contributed NZ$149,723 to the SkyCity Queenstown Casino Community Trust and Otago Casinos Limited contributed NZ$1,435 to the SkyCity Queenstown Casino Community Trust.


How to Apply

Applications for the SkyCity Queenstown Community Trust have closed for 2019 and will reopen in June 2020.

For any questions you may have, please email enquiries@skycitycommunitytrust.org.nz.


Trustees

Kate Cherrington
Chairperson

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Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Wai, Kapotai, Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Pākehā

 

Kate works across education, community strategy and advancement projects in Aotearoa. She is currently an associate with The Centre for Social Impact based alongside Foundation North in Auckland.  Her roles at the Centre include relationship manager, organisational capacity builder and advisor on strategy development and implementation. Kate specialises in working with groups with a kaupapa Māori focus in education and community strategy, and advancement projects. Her passion is in nurturing emerging community leaders and values-based leadership practice.

 

Kate is a trustee of Miria marae in Waiomio and serves on Te Manawatoopu the working group for Te Maara a Hineamaru, the governance for Te Runanga o Ngāti Hine. She was the Kāhui Ariki representative on the Waikato Conservation Board, from April 2014-June 2017, is a Council member with NorthTec (Northland Polytechnic) in Whangarei, trustee of Te Putea Whakatupu and provides support to current young iwi leaders in the Advancement of Māori Opportunity (AMO) network across Aotearoa. She is a board member for Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) based in Albuquerque and is also the International Consultant for Te Waka Kai Ora – Māori Organics Aotearoa and a verifier for Hua Parakore – the indigenous verification and validation system for food and related products.

 

Kate has professional experience in philanthropic strategy and community capacity support, education management, programme and policy development, quality assurance management, Māori language programme development, and wānanga development in NZ. She is a facilitator in the Indigenous Leaders Interactive System™ (ILIS), a structured dialogue tool to assist community groups across the world in planning for success and solving complex issues. She has been a teacher in Te Kōhanga Reo, a Māori cultural ambassador and a performer in the traditional Māori performing arts.

 

Bill Moran
Trustee

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Biography coming shortly

Hetty Van Hale
Trustee

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Darren Rewi
Trustee

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Biography coming shortly

Jonathan Browne
Trustee

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Jonathan Browne is the General Manager of SkyCity Queenstown.

Jonathan joined SkyCity in May 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the operations of SkyCity Queenstown Casino and SkyCity Wharf Casino in Queenstown.  Jonathan has extensive experience in the gaming, consumer goods, hospitality and tourism industries.

Joanne Conroy
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.

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.