Thomas George Macarthy Trust

Thomas George Macarthy Trust

Thomas George Macarthy of Wellington, was a Brewer who died in Wellington on 19 August 1912. The Trust created by Mr Macarthy's will, as varied by two Acts of Parliament, provides for so much of the income as the Board of Governors sees fit to be distributed among registered charitable or educational organisations operating in the old Wellington provincial district.

Learn more about Thomas George Macarthy here.

The purpose of the Trust

Under the terms of the will the Trustees are to hold the Trust Fund on trust to:

Pay and apply the annual rents and income of the Trust fund for such charitable and educational purposes or institutions in the Provincial District of Wellington in such manner and in such shares as the Board of Governors shall from time to time by resolution direct or appoint. The Thomas George Macarthy Trust donates to registered charitable or educational organisations operating in the old Wellington provincial district, defined as the area of the North Island which is south of Turangi and excluding Taranaki and Hawke's Bay.

View a map of the Trust region.

The Trust Mission

To help build strong, inclusive and supportive communities by funding community based, not for profit organisations within the Trust’s region, that: 

  • Improve the quality of life for the disadvantaged and marginalised.
  • Help children and young people develop and realise their potential.
  • Look after and provide dignity for older people.
  • Provide essential medical and emergency services.

Granting

1. Regular Granting (do not need to submit applications)

  • Registered schools - all primary, intermediate and secondary schools registered with the Ministry of Education within the Trust’s region receive a biennial library grant for the purchase of books, computer software and hardware for use in the school libraries. The Correspondence School receives a biennial library grant on the same basis as schools. Other grants are not made to primary, intermediate or secondary schools unless the school is particularly disadvantaged because of economic circumstances within their community or the grant relates to a special project. Grants are not made to tertiary institutions unless the application relates to a special project which benefits the wider community.
  • Kindergartens - all kindergartens registered with the Kindergarten Association within the Trust’s region receive a biennial grant each for books, computers and new or replacement equipment.
  • Play centres - all play centres registered with the Playcentre Association within the Trust’s region receive a biennial grant each for books, computers and new or replacement equipment.
  • Kohanga Reo - all licensed Kohanga Reo registered with the Kohanga Reo National Trust within the Trust’s region receive a biennial grant of $500 each for books, computers and new or replacement equipment.
  • Pacific Island language groups - all Pacific Island Language Groups licensed with the Ministry of Education within the Trust’s region receive a biennial grant of $500 each for books, computers and new or replacement equipment.
  • Toy Libraries - all Toy Libraries registered with TLFNZ within the Trust’s region receive an annual grant each for support towards operation cost or toy purchase.
  • Plunket organisations - in the trust area receive donations on a biennial or annual basis.
  • Grants to childcare centres, OSCAR’s, kindergartens, play centres, Kohanga Reo, Pacific Island Language Groups, Toy Libraries or Plunket, other than as previously stated will not usually be considered unless they relate to a special project or the organisation is particularly disadvantaged because of economic circumstances within their community.

2. Contestable Granting

Grants

View the distributions to each category and organisation.

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors comprises those who from time to time hold the following positions:

  • Governor General of New Zealand
  • Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • Mayor of Wellington
  • Roman Catholic Archbishop of Wellington.

Trustee

Public Trust is responsible for administering the Thomas George Macarthy Trust through an approach that ensures that the Trust is safeguarded and grown to benefit current and future generations of the community. Funding applications are received by the Trustee and considered by the Board at the annual meeting. 

All open grant applications are accessible here.