About this Trust

The Thomas George Macarthy Trust

Thomas George Macarthy of Wellington, was a Brewer who died in Wellington on 19 August 1912. You can learn more about him here.

The Thomas George Macarthy Trust was created by Mr Macarthy's will, was varied by two Acts of Parliament, and 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.

The Trust’s Mission Statement

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 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

The Trust will consider funding charitable organisations, providing services that fall within the “four areas of focus” to:

  • Meet operational funding needs including administrative costs and part funding salaries for limited periods.
  • Deliver social programmes and services to the community.
  • Support organisational development to improve their capabilities and capacity to serve their communities.
  • Purchase equipment required for activities/projects and/or programmes.  

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.


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.   

Income distributed

Total income distributed since inception of the Trust is over $68.49 million.