Managing Director, (Chairman, Mazda Foundation NZ)
Mazda Motor of New Zealand (MMNZ) is supporting various activities through Mazda Foundation New Zealand (MFNZ).
MFNZ, established in November 2005, has been providing funds to various initiatives, including education, environmental conservation, and culture. It has contributed around NZ$1.5 million to about 410 recipients since its establishment (FY March 2014: around NZ$185,000 was distributed to 69 recipients)
Objective: To provide outdoor and environmental education
MFNZ, in a joint project with Project Crimson Trust, has participated in the Treemendous School Makeovers projects since 2008. MFNZ has supported four primary or intermediate schools each year and the total number of outdoor activity support has reached 24. In FY March 2014, four schools: Halfway Bush School, Porirua School, Oakura School and Whangamata Area School, were selected from the entries, and an area of the school grounds was enhnaced with native trees and other plants to be used for outdoor education and learning about the environment.
MFNZ trustees, MMNZ employees and local Mazda dealership staff assisted with the school students, teachers and local community as the Treemendous Team, for each of the four schools to be able to enjoy an outdoor area where they can learn to cultivate and grow plants.
Objective: To provide equipment for Junior Surf Life Saving members to learn
With more than 15,000 km of New Zealand coastline, developing a strong culture of water safety is of importance and that is what Fitzroy Surf Club is trying to achieve. MFNG provided four new 8'10" foam boards, from among equipment which has been insufficient, to support 120 Junior Surf members for robust training required to become a Surf Lifesaver. The club educates junior members how to behave in and around the beach environment as well as developing their rescue and first aid techniques.
To provide support for young adults and youths to learn life skills
MFNZ provided grants to Heart for Youth Trust, an Auckland based charitable trust that aims to teach young adults life skills and self-esteem, and to encourage personal growth. The trust takes groups of young people away on a "kiwi camping" holiday experience which focuses on outdoor pursuits such as, bush walking and tramping. The camping trips aim to teach the students about self-esteem, how to build their confidence and also educate them on the environment.
The grant from the MFNZ allowed the trust to purchase a trailer to transport the tents and camping equipment to each destination removing the need for the trust to hire additional expensive vehicles for equipment transportation.
To help people with physical disabilities through use of dogs to aid them
MFNZ provided grants to the Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust, based in Auckland, to assist with the care of their puppies. The charitable trust provides people living with long term physical disabilities with a dog to aid their mobility. The puppies of mobility dogs undergo intensive training in a range of special tasks to ensure that they can meet their owner's demands, which requires them to stay at the Trust's kennel and training facility for long periods of time. The grant from the MFNZ was used to purchase a new dryer to enable bedding to be cleaned and dried more efficiently in order to ensure the dogs are healthy and well cared for.