The Hutt Mana Charitable Trust’s objective is to build a strong and sustainable community and environment. Our priority focus areas are sustainability, environment, energy conservation and efficiency and promoting opportunities for sport, recreation and youth.
The Trust was established in 1996 as the charitable arm of the Hutt Mana Energy Trust (then called the EnergyDirect Community Trust). It was originally set up to do retrofitting and other energy related charitable activities through funding received via the Energy Trust.
The Energy Trust itself was established in 1993 and came out of the energy reforms of the 1990’s when the Hutt Valley Energy Board was privatised.
In 2005 the Energy Trust was wound up and most of its capital distributed to energy consumers within the area of the old Hutt Valley Energy Board. The Energy Trust however also settled part of its capital ($35 million) on the Charitable Trust.
The Charitable Trust’s capital has now grown to almost $40 million.
We support great community groups, projects and individuals in the Hutt Valley, Porirua City and Wellington North (Johnsonville, Newlands, Broadmeadows and Tawa). We do this through:
- grants twice yearly for community groups and organisations to do their projects
- funding for primary and intermediate school children to learn about energy conservation, sustainability and efficiency
- scholarships for every secondary school in the area
- funding for energy retrofits to make homes warmer and healthier
- working with landlords to make houses warmer and healthier
- funding for important research so we can better understand the issues our communities face and then target who we help in our community