Macarthy Trust funding supports education

Macarthy Trust funding supports education

The importance of education is reflected in the distribution of one of New Zealand’s largest charitable trusts. The Thomas George Macarthy Trust distributes about a quarter of its annual funding pool to education providers.


All registered schools, kindergartens and play centres receive a grant every two years for library books or computing equipment. Kohanga reo receive a grant every two years for technology training resources. All licensed Pacific Island language groups receive a grant every two years for bilingual teaching resources. Plunket groups receive an annual grant to provide health services, and toy libraries registered with the Toy Library Federation of New Zealand receive an annual grant to buy new toys.

The trust also supports the Catholic Schools Board, which  is responsible for building, maintaining and refurbishing more than 80 catholic school buildings in the region the cost of which has to be met in part from attendance dues  from students families.


A large proportion of these attendance dues contribute to the high insurance and interest costs associated with large building projects.

Building projects such as the refurbishment of the administration block and library extension for the 460 students at Saints Peter and Paul School in Lower Hutt, several new and remodelled classrooms and a new library for the 250 students at Holy Cross School in Miramar, and four new classrooms for the 300 students at St Francis de Sales School in Island Bay.

In recent years, some families have found it difficult to meet the cost of their children’s attendance dues, particularly large families, refugee and migrant families, and those experiencing financial difficulties.

“The area we cover is extensive, and covers a number of socio-economic areas and deciles,” says Gary Quirke, Executive Chairman of the Catholic Schools Board. “Certainly over the last two or three years, we have noticed a big increase in the number of families struggling to meet their obligations.”


To help these families, the Catholic Schools Board has received grants from the Thomas George Macarthy Trust.

“We are very grateful to receive funding from the Marcarthy Trust,” says Gary. “Without it, there would be a number of families that would not be able to participate in a Catholic education, so we are very fortunate to have the TG Macarthy Trust to help us".

The Thomas George Macarthy Trust commemorates its centennial year in 2012. Almost $60 million has been distributed to thousands of community organisations, including Age Concern Wellington, across the lower North Island.

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 past, current and future generations of the community.