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Funding focus . . . Native endangered native hawks, falcons and owls are cared for at the Raptor Trust's Redruth facility. The trust is one of many organisations that received grants recently from the Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury. PHOTO: RON LINDSAY

by Greta Yeoman

Back-country huts, community organisations and kapa haka events are among the recipients of the latest round of Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury grants.

Timaru’s Victoria Trust, which provides accommodation for Timaru residents with mental illness, has received $100,000.

The funds will go towards replacing two old flats with three new ones, plus an emergency room in Princes St.

Alpine Energy Stadium, through the Fraser Park Community Trust, is also the focus of another $100,000 grant, which will go towards the redevelopment of the stadium.

The New Zealand Alpine Club has been granted $20,000 towards the installation of Beetham Hut, which will be sited in the mid-Tasman Valley in Aoraki-Mt Cook National Park.

The hut, which was also the focus of a $10,000 construction grant from the trust earlier this year, will provide a refuge for those accessing the upper Tasman Glacier and the Malte Brun Range, as well as the Main Divide.

Cultural connections have also been in the sights of funders this round, as Te Aitarakihi Trust got just over $25,000 for the replacement of the floor in the whare kai (dining room) at the multi-cultural centre, Ka Toi Maori o Aoraki Inc received $19,000 over a three-year period for both the Flava and Te Korohi o te Pepi kapa haka festivals. Flava is open to school-age Aoraki children, while Te Korohi o te Pepi is for preschoolers.

Waimate’s Christmas in the Square has had its future secured for the next three years through a multi-year grant to the Waimate Community Church, at $5000 per annum.

Seniorcare Geraldine Inc received $15,000 for a van purchase and the Royal New Zealand Plunket Trust got $20,000 per annum for a three-year cycle.

Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust received $50,000.

The final major South Canterbury recipient was the New Zealand Raptor Trust, which was funded $10,000 for the purchase and fitout of an additional hospital and captive management unit at the trust’s recovery and eco-education centre in Redruth.

This will enable the group to provide improved rehabilitation for injured birds of prey, brought in from around Mid and South Canterbury.