In 2009 Encounter Kaikoura formed a charitable trust and named it the Encounter Foundation. The objective of the Foundation is to support or initiate projects that primarily enhance the natural environment, both locally and further afield. The accumulated funds are donated to deserving projects as determined by the Foundation Trustees. By participating in the Encounter Kaikoura tours, each and every customer is assisting in protecting our very special natural environment.
The Encounter Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to working toward supporting and/or initiating deserving projects deemed appropriate by the Trustees.
Our vision is to invest in and support the future wellbeing and sustainability of the local terrestrial and marine environment, for present and future generations, through tourism.
Purposes and Aims of the Foundation
The purposes and aims of the Foundation are to devote or apply both capital and income of the Trust Fund to or for any charitable purposes which are from time to time selected by the Trustees and are valid charitable purposes. Without limiting this in any way, such purposes may also include the advancement of education and providing benefit to the community by:
(a) Initiating and supporting projects which have the purpose of enhancing, preserving or restoring the natural environment;
(b) Supporting other charitable organisations and agencies in activities such as tree planting, beautification projects and other such worthy causes for the benefit of the local community;
(c) Supporting initiatives, such as pest control, which encourage restoration of native flora and fauna;
(d) Maintaining and building walkways and tracks;
(e) Supporting restoration work around lakes and waterways; and
(f) Supporting other charitable organisations and agencies in activities and projects related to the marine environment.
Donations by the Foundation to Date:
The following are organisations or projects we have supported to date.
|$10,000||18.05.12||South Bay Restoration Project|
Trees For Travellers
Funding to go toward involvement of The Creation Care Study Group (CCSP) which will be helping in the preparation of Tom’s Track, commencing around the end April.
The International Student Volunteer (ISV) groups (organised by Kaikoura District Council) will also be helping clear, then plant trees on Tom’s Track (May, July and August)
|$4,000.00||13.03.12||Sponsorship of 5th Albatross and Petrel Conference. This is the fifth in a series of four-yearly conferences dedicated to albatrosses and petrels.This will be the first time the meeting, scheduled for August 2012 in Wellington, is held in New Zealand. Typically, the meeting attracts around 150 delegates from all over the world, including the leading researchers in the field, and represents an unparalleled opportunity to showcase albatross and petrel research and conservation initiatives from New Zealand.|
|$15,000.00||13.03.12||Dragonfly Science is a specialist data analysis company who focus on protected marine species, especially in the commercial fisheries environment. Dragonfly Science will characterise the data taken from the Albatross Encounter sightings sheets since the late 1990's. This will include changes over time, seasonality of sightings, interannual trends, compare other relevant data sets and recommend any changes in data collection methods in the future.|
|$10,000.00||13.03.12||Funding to assist the Hutton's Shearwater Charitable Trust with the translocation of shearwater chicks from the Kowhai colony to the recently established colony on the Kaikoura Peninsula. For more information go to their website.|
Kaikoura District Council toward planting of native trees and flaxes for beautification project in South Bay.
|$1334.89||17.12.11||Trees for Travellers. To replace old equipment with 20 new spades and 20 sets of shears for the purpose of new planting and maintaining existing planting by Trees for Travellers.|
For the purchase of irrigation piping and connections for the South Bay Restoration Project in order to water the trees planted in the autumn.
|$2548.69||15.11.11||Kaikoura District Council toward planning for Kaikoura Lookout Project.|
Paper 4 Trees. Payment for trees as part of a competition won by the small local school, Lynton Downs, in collecting the most paper of all the schools in the district for recycling.
Donation to Te Korowai to assist with the accommodation for NIWA scientists who did presentation for Kaikoura Community on the Kaikoura Canyon.
South Bay Restoration Project
This project is to re-establish an area of native forest on land owned by the New Zealand Presbyterian Church on the Kaikoura Peninsula, in Souh Bay Kaikoura. The area of 2.3 hectares is administered by St Paul's Church in Kaikoura.
St Paul's Church have generously given the land and the end result should see pathways created, which will link up with existing walkways on the Peninsula. As the trees become established, quiet areas with seating might be created for people to enjoy the trees, the birdlife and the great views.
The South Bay Restoration Project has been two years in the planning and with the succesful application to the Encounter Foundation for $10,000, the first stage of planting is to begin in April 2011.
|18.10.10||Southern Seabird Solutions - Sponsorship of the International Seabird Mitigation Mentoring Programme|
|$2000.00||15.06.10||Kaikoura Play Centre - New Playground|
|$141.75||28.05.10||Kaikoura District Council - Planting|
|$300.00||15.04.10||Kaikoura District Council - Planting|
|$1000.00||01.11.09||Canterbury Water Rights Trust|