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July 2015 - Changes at the
Mana Community Grants Foundation!
The Mana Community Grants Foundation is no longer a Class IV Gaming Machine Society, therefore they no longer distribute grants to the local Community.
The Porirua Community Trust now considers grants to the community as a Regional Net Proceeds Committee of the Trust House Foundation.

Grant Applications

Grant applications are available from the Trust House Foundation here:

http://www.trusthouse.co.nz

Alternatively grant application forms are available from:

888 Sportsbar & Restaurant,
207-209 Main Road,
Tawa

or

The Ledge,
1 Serlby Place,
Porirua

You can contact Trust House Foundation as follows:
Address
Level 1
4 Queen Street
PO Box 135
Masterton 5810
Phone 06 370 0520
Fax 06 378 8324
E-Mail Address grants@trusthouse.co.nz

Media Release

Changes at Mana Community Grants Foundation

The Mana Community Grants Foundation (MCGF) has operated as a Gaming Society since 2002. Over the many years it has distributed millions of dollars back into the Porirua community, to a wide range of organisations benefitting our community. This financial year alone it has distributed $2,385,472 and it is essential to so many local organisations that this community benefit continues.

With this in mind the Trustees of MCGF have decided on changes in how they will operate to ensure long term sustainability of funding and that all profits generated at gaming venues remain in the community.

After considerable deliberations and reflection by the MCGF Trustees they have made the bold decision to cease operating as a class IV gaming society. The operations of MCGF have been managed by Trust House Ltd for the last 12 months and the decision was made to stay with Trust House for familiarity and a smooth transition. The process of the sale of assets and the transfer of those venues wishing to transfer to Trust House Foundation (THF) will be completed over the coming months.

There are 6 publicly elected Trustees to the Porirua Community Trust (PCT). Litea Ah Hoi is Chair and the other Trustees are Sarah Dow, Tim Sheppard, Henry Smith, Eleanor Cater and John Burke. These same 6 trustees will now make up the Regional Net Proceeds Committee (RNPC) for Trust House Foundation.

The committee will operate under the Porirua Community Trust banner and will make recommendations for the distribution of funds from venues which are operated by THF. Litea Ah Hoi, as a PCT trustee, will be the representative of the Porirua committee on the THF board.

Litea Ah Hoi said, “This decision will ensure that the significant financial benefits that Mana Community Grants Foundation have awarded to the community in the past will remain in place for many more years to come, without the capital expenditure, operational expenditure and overheads. It is a courageous and a futuristic overview decision by Trustees that will ensure the continued enhancement of community wellbeing remains our primary objective.”

Whilst some of the original outlets from the MCGF family decided not to transfer to THF, The Ledge, Metropolitan and 888 Sports Bar & Restaurant in Tawa have joined. The Trustees are confident that having these particular venues will ensure that proceeds of a similar value remain within the community.

Allan Pollard, CEO of Trust House, stated that “he is delighted to welcome the communities of Porirua and Tawa to the Trust House family and he looks forward to working with the Trustees of the local RNPC to ensure that community wellbeing is at the forefront of everything that we do”.

Litea Ah Hoi said, “We are very pleased to be working with the Trust House Foundation. Trustees are reassured that this changeover will ensure that funds raised in this community, will remain in this community. In effect, for our community, nothing will change other than the name. Our community will still access funding, and along with the THF board, we will still be distributing similar funds back into the community”.

Officially the changes occurred as at 30 June 2015, but it will take up to three months for MCGF to officially wind-up its distribution processes, with the first Porirua RNPC meeting expected to take place by September.

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