DD iconVodafone Foundation Canterbury Fund (2011-12)

In 2011 and 2012 the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust and the Vodafone Foundation partnered to deliver a $4 million Canterbury Fund to help rebuild Christchurch communities, places and services. The aim was to make a positive, long term difference across Canterbury by supporting grassroot organisations addressing earthquake related needs in their own communities.

Vodafone donated $2 million ($1 million from the Vodafone Group Foundation and $1 million from Vodafone New Zealand) and this was matched by the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust to bring the total available in the fund to $4 million.

In 2011, applications were invited for small grants of between $5,000 to $25,000. The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust and the Vodafone Foundation chose 64 projects that have a positive impact for the young people of Canterbury.

In 2012, 54 groups received funding from the Vodafone Foundation Canterbury fund. The funding goes towards a wide range of projects, including cycling tracks for young Cantabrians, rebuilding ropes courses and counselling services are amongst the many Canterbury community and youth facilities.


The Vodafone Foundation Canterbury Fund is now closed.

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Recipients of the Vodafone Foundation Canterbury Fund:

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 Canterbury Fund Recipients


180 Degrees Trust - To fund a Youth Coordinator focused on employment opportunities for 180 Degrees clients – this client group has shown increased poverty, trauma and anxiety following the quakes.

Albion Softball Club – To replace softball nets which were lost through the quakes.

Belfast Community Network – To fund a Family Support Worker in the Belfast and Brooklands areas.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Christchurch – To fund a mentoring programme for children who have lost a role model as a result of the quakes.

Canteen Canterbury – To fund an increase in rental costs after having to move twice as a result of the earthquakes.

Canterbury Community Sailing Trust – To fund a floating jetty to enable ease of access to the water because the usual lake site is no longer suitable as a result of the quakes.

Canterbury Repertory Theatre Society – To lease an alternative venue.

Catholic Social Services Christchurch – To fund group courses provided free of charge to manage trauma, grief and loss.

CHART aka The Christchurch Music Industry Trust – Funding towards the new music rehearsal space in central Christchurch

Chisnallwood Intermediate School – To fund school productions targeting children in East Christchurch.

Christchurch Football Club -To fund ground repairs (funding would assist greatly in ensuring members can continue to participate in quality rugby activities on a regular basis at their grounds).

Community Development Network Trust – To fund youth camps, where at least 50% come from the most quake impacted suburbs in East Christchurch.

Community Law Canterbury – To fund legal support for young people who require advice on earthquake related issues with particular focus on Avondale and Kaiapoi.

Crossroads Youth with a Future – To fund the purchase of a new pool table, kayaks and life jackets for the youth centre (following the quakes, demand for youth activities has increased)

Depression Support Network (DSN) – Funding towards the development of a depression resource.

Habitat for Humanity – To fund a project manager dedicated to the Home Quake Repairs project.

Kaiapoi BMX Club Incorporated – To fund the rebuild of the Kaiapoi BMX track.

Korowai Youth Well-Being Trust – To fund a project manager resource to progress set up of the new youth centre. Following the quakes there is demand for new youth spaces including youth focused health services.

Lancaster Park Cricket Club – To fund rental of new clubrooms for 12 months after having to move premises following the Canterbury earthquakes.

Lifepaths Charitable Trust – To fund 14 teachers in the ‘Friends for Life’ programme to help give young people the skills to cope with stress, anxiety and become more resilient.

Lyttelton Harbour Basin Youth Council – To fund a second in charge role, following increased demand in services following the quakes.

Lyttelton Tennis Club Incorporated – To restore the Lyttelton Tennis Club clubrooms.

Mount Pleasant Memorial Community Centre and Residents Association Inc – To fund concept development plans for the new memorial centre.

New Zealand Historic Places Trust – To develop a website utilising a range of media that documents the Christchurch High Street precinct prior to the February quake and preserves cultural heritage.

Nga Maata Waka Outrigger Canoe Club – To fund a shared storage area for club boats comprising a 40-foot container and including fit-out.

Nomads United A.F.C. Inc – To fund the extension of the club changing facilities (requirement has increased with the loss of QEII and another club joining up).

North Canterbury Rugby League Club Inc – To fund purchase of training gear including tackle bags, hit shields and balls (fundraising efforts have focused on building repairs due to quake damage).

O’Neill School of Irish Dance PTA Inc. – To fund the leasing of new premises following the quakes.

Opawa Lawn tennis Club Inc. – To fund repairs to the tennis courts that were damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes.

Otautahi Netball – To fund netball uniforms following a fourfold increase in registration costs following the quakes.

Phoenix Venturer Unit – To fund repairs to the scout hall including toilets, water pipes and doors.

Project Esther – To fund support for single mums – there has been a 50% increase in demand in this service since the earthquakes.

Rata Counseling Centre – To fund a youth counselor for young people aged 10-25 years after increased demand following the quakes.

Rawhiti Community Sports Incorporated (RCSI) – To fund a coordinator to lead restoration of sporting activities in the area.

Shirley Tennis Club Inc – To fund a land check survey on the courts, then pending a positive outcome to this survey, fund repairs to the tennis courts.

Shoreline Youth Trust – To fund an increase in youth worker hours in response to increased demand following the quakes.

South New Brighton Tennis club – To fund repairs to the tennis courts which were damaged in the quakes.

Southern Ballet Theatre Trust (SBT) – To fund lighting equipment in the new premises (they had to move venues following the quakes).

St Albans Community Preschool – To fund repairs to the outside play area that sustained significant damage in the quake.

St John of God Hauora Trust t/a St John of God Waipuna – To fund a Youth Housing Worker in response to increased demand following the quakes.

The Elmwood Club – To fund repairs to the bowling green.

The Muse Community Music Trust – To fund musical instruments for the new mobile resource centre.

University of Canterbury Junior Athletic Club – To fund new track and field facilities (original facilities were lost in the quakes)

Waimairi Surf Lifesaving Club (WSLSC) – To fund surf lifesaving gear (with a 60% loss of swim lands in Christchurch, it is anticipated more people will utilise the beaches this summer).

West Spreydon School Pool Committee – To fund a land check survey on the swimming pool grounds, then pending a positive outcome to this survey, fund repairs to the children’s pool including fencing.

White Elephant Trust (W.E) – To fund feasibility study and youth survey for the new youth centre in the city. The loss of youth spaces and activities has led to increased demand.

Youth Alive Trust – To fund a Programme Manager to support multiple programmes in east Christchurch.

Youthline Central South Island – To fund training programmes for Youthline Christchurch – the team have been off the phones since the February earthquake when the premises were lost and now require refresher training and training on the new technology.


Aranui Eagles Rugby League Club - To fund replacement sports equipment lost in the earthquakes. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Christchurch - To fund mentoring support for Christchurch children who have been impacted by the earthquakes.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Canterbury - To fund an extra case worker for BBBS of North Canterbury to support more young people that have been impacted by the earthquakes in North Canterbury.

Canterbury Museum Trust Board - To fund development and delivery of educational programmes that will provide children with facts regarding earthquakes to assist with demystifying these events - 12 schools have registered interest so far.

Canterbury Paddling Club - To fund a new waka to replace the one destroyed in the earthquakes and additional safety equipment required, as a result of having to move from the river to the open sea.

Canterbury Secondary School Mountain Bike Club - To fund the rebuild of 6 pump tracks across Christchurch, lost in the earthquakes, allowing young people to get outside and ride bikes in a safe and fun environment.

Canterbury Society Of Arts Charitable Trust - Contribution towards running an exciting new art space, helping solve the lack of art space in Christchurch following the quakes.

Cashmere Primary School - To fund repairs to earthquake damaged cricket pitch.

Catapult Employment Services Trust - To fund refurbishment of offices to replace those that were lost in the earthquakes. These offices support disabled people to find paid employment.

CCS Disability Action Canterbury & West Coast Incorporated - To support families of disabled youth impacted by the earthquakes in Christchurch by providing mentoring, youth groups and siblings groups.

Child Cancer Foundation - Contribution to the rebuild of the Child Cancer Foundation Family Place at 20 Cashel Street, Christchurch. The previous Family Place was demolished as a result of the earthquakes.

Christchurch Guild of Weavers and Spinners Inc - To re-establish a junior programme of textile arts that ceased in September 2010 with the loss of all equipment and guild room facilities at the Arts Centre.

CPIT - Contribution towards the build of transitional studios and a gallery to provide amenities and outlets for Christchurch artists who lost work and exhibition space.

Crichton Cobbers Youth and Community Club Inc. - To upgrade and strengthening of the Historic kiln that was damaged by the earthquake and used by the club for recreational activities.

Crossfire Trust - To fund after schools programme to support struggling parents returning to work following Christchurch Earthquake. Attendance has doubled since the quakes with new families moving into the area. 

Ferrymead Sumner Mens Probus Club - To fund the purchase and installation of roller blinds in the Recliffs Mt Pleasant Bowling Club Hall to enable users to view the visuals used by guest speakers. Club had to move premises following quakes.

Freeville School - Contribution towards building an artificial turf to reclaim earthquake damaged playground area and sports equipment to utilise this new area for the children of Freeville School and local community.

Gap Filler Trust - To establish a youth development programme where young people will realise projects of their own design on ex-demolition sites around Christchurch.

Glenelg Childrens Health Camp - To fund replacement audio and visual equipment lost in the earthquakes including.

Halswell Drama Group Inc. - To purchase and install onstage infrastructure in the recently repaired Halswell Community Hall. This will be open to other community groups, including the local school who lost their hall in the quakes.

Jox Blue Blades Rowing Society Inc. - To fund a Coach/Safety Boat for the St Thomas of Canterbury College Rowing squad, due to the loss of amenities and access to a borrowed boat following the Christchurch Earthquakes.

Kahikatea Adventure Education Trust - Contribution towards the rebuild of the Christchurch Ropes Course, a community facility utilised by school and community groups, which was forced to close due to the Canterbury Earthquakes.

La Vida Youth Trust - Contributon towards the fit out of an existing garage into a youth-focussed drop in centre and point of contact for youth workers and young people in the community.

New Brighton Community Gardens Trust - To fund Primary and High School education stations for gardening and self-reliance. Activities will cover: science, outdoor activity, emergency sel-reliance options, ecological education, nutrition, food growing.

New Brighton Project Inc. - To fund indoor and outdoor games equipment for use by local youth during weekends, school holidays and at community events in New Brighton.

New Brighton Silver Band - To fund repair of the band committee room where it has come apart from the main band hall as a result of recent earthquakes.

Ngati Tuwharetoa KI Otautahi Charitable Trust - To fund support for whanau displaced through the earthquakes and encouragement back into education, sports and employment.  

North Beach Community Childcare Centre Inc. - To fund sun/wind blinds to make use of deck area for preschool children during cold weather as Centre is relocated due to being yellow-stickered post earthquakes.

North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust - To fund transport costs for 1700 school children who can't use the Kaiapoi Pool which was closed in Feb 2011(earthquake damage) to enable them to complete their swimming programme at Dudley Park Aquatic Centre.

OSCAR Network in Christchurch Inc. - To fund training of OSCAR (Out of School Care And Recreation) programme staff across Christchurch to deal with the effects of trauma on children and whanau in out of school programmes.

Oterepo Te Kohanga Reo - To fund building a playground at the new Kohanga Reo, which was demolished due to the earthquakes. This supports Te Reo Maori acquisition and Maori participation in local early childhood education and participation in the community.

Oxford Community Trust - To fund transportation to and provision of alternative venues for the Oxford Youth Programme following closure of the Oxford Town Hall due to earthquakes.

Petersgate Trust - To fund counselling for young people coping with the effects of the earthquakes and aftershocks. There are an increased number of people seeking these services due to earthquake stress.

Phillipstown Community Centre Charitable Trust - To fund repairs of asphalt in the car park which was damaged by liquefaction and extend asphalt in playground area.

Pioneer Basketball Club Inc. - Purchase three mobile adjustable-height basketball hoops and fitted safety pads. This sport was hard hit in the earthquakes.

Qtopia Inc. - Contribution to securing, fitting out a new premises which is easily accessed to provide a space in which the youth groups are able to meet and support young people.

Redcliffs Primary School - To fund sound and lighting expenses for the school production, which due to the earthquakes will not be held at the school.

Redcliffs Public Library Inc. - To contribute towards the rebuild of the Library building which was damaged in the earthquakes and subsequently demolished.

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind - To fund counselling and support services to blind and partially sighted, vision and hearing impaired or Deafblind young people in Canterbury, particularly in response to EQ related issues.

Scouting New Zealand, Mount Pleasant Sea Scout Group - To fund repairs of earthquake damaged block wall. 

Seabrook McKenzie Trust for Specific Learning Disabilities - To fund a psychologist to help children and families work through anxiety issues resulting from ongoing earthquake stress; providing strategies to build resilience. Over 600 people of all ages attend Seabrook so this access is of real community benefit.

South City Youth Trust - To fund continued increased post-earthquake youth work hours at Hagley Community College.

St George's/Iona Presbyterian Parish - To  fund the purchase of a marquee to use for worship services and community engagement activities on the site of Iona Presbyterian Church/Hall due to the buildings being damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes.

St Michael and All Angels Parish Trust - Contribution towards repair and restoration of the historic 1873 Bevington pipe organ, which was extensively damaged in the earthquake on 22nd February 2011.

Sumner Bays Union Trust - To fund the operation of Redcliffs Community Shed which incorporates a youth mentoring scheme led by local seniors.

Sumner Surf Life Saving Club Inc. - Contribution towards the rebuilding costs of the Sumner Surf Life Saving Clubhouse, damaged beyond repair in the earthquakes.

Te Kohaka o Tuhaitara Trust - To fund the surfacing of the Pegasus Walkway and mountain bike trail between Kairaki Beach and Woodend Beach which was heavily affected during the September 2010 earthquake.

Te Ora Hou Otautahi - Contribution towards the outfitting, purchase and development of alternative office space, for the Youth Work Team and Te Kaupapa Whakaora Alternative Education program, to replace office space that was red stickered in the earthquake.

Te Waka Huruhurumanu ki Otautahi - To fund repairs and remove hazards in the outside play area damaged in the quakes, providing a safe environment once again for the tamariki of both community users and students of CPIT.

The JUST YOUTH - To fund replacement equipment damaged in the quakes including a pool table, sports gear and musical equipment.

The New Zealand Science and Technology Charitable Trust - To fund a dedicated teacher to coordinate the Mindball Interactive Exhibit in Christchurch, to support mental health resilience and strategies, in post earthquake Christchurch.

There's a Better Way - To fund expansion of the There's a Better Way basketball concept across Christchurch. Basketball as a sport was hard hit in the earthquakes.

Youthline Central South Island - To fund replacement of resources lost in the earthquakes for Youthline volunteer counsellors.

Youthtown Inc. - To fund a new full-time, permanent position in the Christchurch Branch to establish and continue youth programmes in the East of Christchurch for teenagers. There has been a significant increase in demand in East Christchurch.