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Trust grants funding to exceed $2M for the first time

Trust grants funding to exceed $2M for the first time

Masterton Trust Lands Trust (MTLT) has doubled its annual grants funding this year to exceed $2 million for the first time.  This signals the Trust’s ongoing commitment to grow grants funding in perpetuity, in line with changes to population and the consumer price index. For the last decade, MTLT grants funding has averaged around $1 million annually. More recently, during its 150th year in 2022, grants climbed to $1.5 million.  This year, annual grants funding will reach $2.274 million. “This...

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$600,000 literacy support boost for Masterton

$600,000 literacy support boost for Masterton

Masterton Trust Lands Trust (MTLT) is investing $600,000 over the next three years to deliver literacy support for Masterton’s youngest learners. “In line with philanthropic best practice, we’re investing in long-term educational opportunities that deliver measurable outcomes. The MTLT Supplementary Literacy Support Project is our commitment to helping Masterton students in their first three years of school to become successful readers and writers by the time they start college. We want young...

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

The Trust provides space in central Masterton for members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to join together regularly. It provides an essential hub where former refugees can gather and connect. “We are very thankful... this means a lot to us... to utilise the facility for our community gathering and most importantly prayers. “Tashriq Hanif, President Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Masterton

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Getting Native In The Reserve

Getting Native In The Reserve

Check out this video highlighting the Trust-owned Millennium Reserve on the corner of Hillcrest and Pownall streets. Special thanks to the hardworking volunteers that work tirelessly to provide this wonderful recreational space for the community.

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Garden to Table

Garden to Table

A $10,000 grant to fund a Great Kai Facilitator to work across three Masterton primary schools delivered learning benefits to 180 students around how to grow, harvest, prepare and share healthy kai. As well as gaining practical skills to grow food, tamariki learned about seasonality and the natural cycles that affect crops – essential to understanding climate change. Children learned how to take action for food resilience. “Taking action fosters hope and lessens the anxiety that many young...

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Ara Toi: Pathways to Art

Ara Toi: Pathways to Art

Becky from Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art & History speaks with MTLT Trustee Bex Johnson about public art and the Trust’s Murals for Masterton project.

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Science scholarship for top Wairarapa College student

Science scholarship for top Wairarapa College student

Former Masterton student Anika Stewart was awarded the Alan MacDiarmid Scholarship to contribute towards her studies at Canterbury University for a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours. Anika was Wairarapa College’s Proxime Accessit for 2022 receiving 1sts in biology, chemistry, calculus, physics and geography. Anika held leadership roles at school and pursued a wide variety of sporting interests that she excelled at. These included representing Wairarapa in hockey and receiving distinctions...

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Summer Hummer

Summer Hummer

The Trust contributed $5,000 to support the revival of Summer Hummer – a Masterton music tradition initiated 25 years ago. The family friendly music event at Queen Elizabeth II Park featured well known Kiwi bands and the chance to hear local college bands. The Trust’s grant helped keep entry costs affordable for locals.

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Murals for Masterton

Murals for Masterton

Watch this short video to hear mural artists FLOX, Sean Duffell, Lotte Hawley and duo Pip & Zoe Paint talk about their artworks for Masterton. 

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Community Christmas Tree spreads joy

Community Christmas Tree spreads joy

In the spirit of giving, Masterton Trust Lands Trust (MTLT) has joined with Eastwood Motor Group to spread a little joy this festive season. Trust Chair Christine Brewster launched the Community Christmas Tree initiative last year. “The Trust is all about supporting Masterton people so the concept of community gifting for Christmas is a natural fit.” she explains. This year the Trust is partnering with Masterton car dealership Eastwood Motor Group. General Manager Gary Allan was eager to team...

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Masterton student receives science scholarship

Masterton student receives science scholarship

Kian Jones received the 2022 Alan MacDiarmid Scholarship to support his studies towards a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. Kian was recommended by the Wairarapa Secondary Principals’ Association for the scholarship in recognition of his academic success gaining highest equal passes in Level 3 chemistry – four excellence passes and one merit. Kian also gained scholarship in maths and physics and was Rathkeale’s deputy head boy.

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Trust creates mural garden for Masterton

Trust creates mural garden for Masterton

Masterton Trust Lands Trust has dedicated a green space to enhance its recently commissioned mural by FLOX on Lincoln Road. “The garden was part of our goal to beautify the pocket of Trust-owned land alongside the mural to complement FLOX’s artwork,” explains Trust Chair Christine Brewster. Experienced local landscape designer Rachel Callaghan was engaged to create a concept for a green space for locals and visitors to retreat to and enjoy the mural. The garden serves as a pedestrian link...

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