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Swimming Lessons at Splash Palace


About the organisation 

Splash Palace Aquatic Centre is Invercargill’s main public swimming complex.  It provides indoor pool facilities for learn to swim classes, school groups, swimming clubs, water polo and swimming competitions, H2O Dreams training, school holiday programmes and more. 

What the grant went towards 

In the last financial year, the ILT Foundation and Invercargill Licensing Trust (ILT) provided combined grants of $158,723 towards providing swimming lessons to all primary school children in the Invercargill City Council rates area, which equated to 39,915 lessons. 

The ILT and ILT Foundation have so far committed more than $1.5 million towards the Learn to Swim Programme since the foundation’s inception in 2006. 

 What the grant means to the organisation/community group 

“One of the things I speak very proudly of is the partnership between the ILT and the council to deliver a programme which I have no doubt has helped save lives,” Splash Palace aquatic services manager Pete Thompson said. 

“This programme is a hugely important one for our community which benefits our kids in so many ways. Not only is it equipping them with the skills to swim, it’s also developing their self-confidence and self-esteem.” 


Arts Murihiku Charitable Trust

Arts Murihiku arts advocate Lisa Tou-McNaughton (left) and ILT Foundation trustee Angela Newell with an Arts Murihiku publication promoting arts projects and performances in the region.
Photo: Lisa-Maree Fleck


About the organisation 

Established through Creative New Zealand, Arts Murihiku Charitable Trust is an arts body which supports, connects, promotes and advocates for the arts and artists in Murihiku/Southland.  

What the grant went towards 

The ILT Foundation provided Arts Murihiku with a grant of $20,000 operating costs and assistance with their capability building programme.  This is the first year the ILT Foundation has provided support to the organisation. 

The equipment will assist members to learn the most effective methods and techniques for use at tournaments and will enable them to run national tournaments in Invercargill. 

 What the grant means to the organisation/community group 

“Arts Murihiku is delighted to receive support from the ILT Foundation,” Arts Murihiku arts advocate Lisa Tou-McNaughton said. 

“This grant recognises the importance of the Arts to our community and the Foundation’s belief that the Arts are an integral part of our lives.”

Southland Sports Car Club get hardstand

Southland Sports Car Club race committee chairman Bevan Gerrard and ILT Foundation trustee Sean Bellew on the club’s new hardstand area at Teretonga Park Raceway.  Photo:  Petrina Wright 

About the organisation 

Southland Sports Car Club is a voluntary organisation with about 240 members. 

The club owns the Teretonga Park circuit, which has been its base since November 1957, one of three remaining club-owned circuits in New Zealand. 

Each year the club hosts about 12 events, including five club race meetings and a fun day. 

What the grant went towards 

The car club received a grant of $20,000 towards developing a hardstand area in the pit paddock. 

A hardstand is a flat, ashphalted pad used for parking heavy vehicles.  In this case, it will be used by competitors as pit garaging for car preparation and set-up during race meets. 

 The first time it will be used will be during the international Castrol Toyota Racing Series during the weekend of January 18-20. 

ILT Board Member Sean Bellew presenting the ILT Foundation cheque to Sam

What the grant means to the organisation/community group 

Southland Sports Car Club race committee chairman Bevan Gerrard said installing the hardstand was the difference between the club being about to secure the Toyota Racing Series and not. 

“We really appreciate the help [of the ILT Foundation],” he said. 

“It was badly needed to help the Toyota Racing Series run the show that they wanted to put on.” 

Southland Sports Car Club president and competitor Rachael Beck said the flat pad was stage one of a bigger plan, and the club was grateful to the ILT Foundation for its support of the project.

Messy Magic entertains children in Southland

Event organisers Phil (left) and Sarah McCarthy of McCarthy Media and Communications and Jade Gillies of Gillies Creative at The Messy Magic Adventure at ILT Stadium Southland in early November last year.

About the organisation 

Shakespeare in the Park Charitable Trust is the governing body of the annual Shakespeare in the Park event in Invercargill. 

The trust also supports other arts groups and individuals in the community. 

The Messy Magic Adventure show is a touring act which performed at the ILT Stadium Southland on Friday, November 9 last year.   It is a slap stick live magic show directed towards primary school-aged children. 

What the grant went towards 

The ILT Foundation and Invercargill Licensing Trust provided Shakespeare in the Park Charitable Trust with combined grants of $8400 towards the cost to hire the venue so more than 2000 Invercargill primary school pupils from 17 Invercargill schools could attend the live theatre performance. 

What the grant means to the organisation/community group 

Event organiser Jade Gillies, of Gillies Creative said the trust identified the magic show as a good opportunity to introduce live theatre to children in Invercargill. 

“[The funding] allowed us to move forward with the project. 

“We wouldn’t have been able to do it without the generous funding that we received. 

“Ultimately it meant 2000 children had access to a live theatre performance, many of whom it was their first time. That was what it was all about, exposing them to theatre at a young age so that they are our audiences of the future.” 

Southland Girls Brigade gets kitted out

 ILT Foundation trustee Sean Bellew presents a cheque to 3rd Invercargill Girls’ Brigade members Shiloh Waddell (7)Makensie Waddell (15)commissioned leader Monica McAllister (front) commissioned leader Janine Mackway-Jones and Eva (2).
Photo: Lisa-Maree Fleck


About the organisation 

Girls' Brigade is an international, interdenominational organisation for girls and young women aged 5 to 18 years. 

Its’ programme features a variety of fun activities designed to educate, inspire and develop its members, including crafts, outdoor and indoor games and activities, camps, and more. 

The Southland Area Girls’ Brigade has two companies – 3rd Invercargill based at Knox Church, Georgetown, which has about 23 members and six leaders, and 15th Invercargill based at Windsor Community Church, Windsor, which has 35 members and seven leaders. 

 What the grant went towards 

The ILT Foundation provided a grant to the Southland Area Girls’ Brigade towards purchasing new uniforms for its members. 

What the grant means to the organisation/community group 

“We are very grateful to get [the uniforms] because a lot of our South Invercargill families are solo parents and they have enough struggles without having to get uniforms,” 3rd Invercargill Girls’ Brigade leader Nardia Livingstone said. “So, it is a real blessing.” 

“The uniforms are going to be a fabulous asset.  We are hoping to do a promotional drive next year, so this will enable all the new girls to have a uniform,” 15th Invercargill Girls’ Brigade captain Cindy Hayes said.


Invercargill Toy Library

Librarian Jo (left) and Invercargill Toy Library former president Katie McRae surrounded by some of the many toys available for hire at the library. 

Librarian Jo



Invercargill Toy Library former president Katie



surrounded by some of the many toys available for hire at the library.

About the organisation 

The Invercargill Toy Library is a registered charity which provides a range of toys, costumes, sporting equipment, educational equipment and puzzles for families to hire at an affordable rate. 

The toys are suitable for children aged six months to five years. 

The organisation is run by a part-time librarian and volunteer parents, and at present it has about 120 members. 

What the grant went towards 

The Invercargill Toy Library received a grant of $2500 towards the annual rental of its premises and hiring part-time librarian. 

The ILT Foundation has been providing annual support to the Invercargill Toy Library since the Foundation’s inception in 2006. 

What the grant means to the organisation/community group 

"There aren't many organisations that provide grants for operating expenses, so without ILT's support it would be difficult for the toy library to continue providing its service to the Invercargill community,” Invercargill Toy Library secretary Emma Gregory said. 

“We really appreciate it." 

Invercargill Rock ‘n’ Roll Club to host NZ competition in April

Junior members of the Invercargill Rock ‘n’ Roll Club in action. Photo: Petrina Wright

About the organisation 

Invercargill Rock ‘n’ Roll Club has about 200 members, 140 of which are junior members, making it the club with the largest junior membership in New Zealand. 

The club was established in 1985 with the aim to encourage the enjoyment of rock ‘n’ roll music and dancing and to keep the era of the 1950’s alive. 

Throughout the year, the club runs lessons from beginners to advanced levels for people of all ages, social dances, demonstrations and competitions.. 

What the grant went towards 

The Invercargill Rock ‘n’ Roll Club received grants of $6000 and $8965 from the ILT Foundation and Invercargill Licensing Trust respectively towards hosting the New Zealand Amateur Rock ’n’ Roll Association’s 2019 junior national competition in April.  The funds will assist with venue and sound system hire costs. 

The competition is expected to attract about 100 dancers from throughout New Zealand. 

The last time the Invercargill club hosted the event was in 2012. 

What the grant means to the organisation/community group 

“It means we can run the event and train the kids to attend the nationals without having to worry about raising the funds,” organising committee chairwoman Nicky Phillipson said. 

“The opportunity to compete in the nationals and not have to travel is awesome,” coach Susan Rogers said. 

Junior members of the Invercargill Rock ‘n’ Roll Club with ILT Stadium Southland General Manager Nigel Skelt. Photo: Petrina Wright

Southland Chev Club rev up fundraising

Southland Chevrolet Club committee member Harry du Mez (left), vice president Chris Parkes and treasurer Paul du Mez (far right) with ILT Foundation trustee Sean Bellew. Photo: Lisa-Maree Fleck

About the organisation 

The Southland Chevrolet Club is the Southernmost Chevrolet club in the world for enthusiasts. 

The club started about 32 years ago, and at present it has about 20-25 members. 

Members of the club go on regular cruises, weekends away and attend other car shows. 

What the grant went towards 

The Southland Chevrolet Club received $2000 towards the costs associated with staging the Southern Grilles & Gasoline Car and Bike Show at the Collegiate Rugby Grounds on February 2 this year. (2019) 

The Chevrolet Club is hosting the show in conjunction with the rugby club. 

Proceeds from the event would be donated to St John. 

What the grant means to the organisation/community group 

“[The grant] makes [hosting the event] a cost neutral exercise for the club.  It allows us to provide entertainment and different events on the day free of charge to the public,” Southland Chevrolet Club treasurer Paul du Mez said. 

“If there is a good turn out on the day, any proceeds generated would be donated to St John. We are trying to get the thousands of cars in Invercargill out on show as well as fundraise for a good cause.” 

Hosting the event was also a way to ultimately grow and diversify the club, as the more members the club had the better it would be, Mr du Mez said. 


ILT Stadium Southland transforms in Winter Wonderland

Invercargill Christmas Tree Festival co-ordinators Rhonda Hoffman (left) and Courtney Skelt at ILT Stadium Southland.

IT’S a Christmas wonderland at ILT Stadium Southland.

Thirty-three businesses have decorated a tree for this year’s Christmas Tree Festival, organised by Waihopai City Lions and ILT Stadium Southland.

Event co-ordinator Rhonda Hoffman said once a tree was sponsored, it was up to each business to decorate it and to pick the charity before the tree was put out on display.

“Businesses are raising funds for the charity of their choice with the collection canister under each tree. Members of the public will get a voting token to vote for their favourite tree. The top three with the most votes will divide the money raised by the gold coin entry for their nominated charities,” she said.

The event was packed with fun for the whole family. Singing and dancing, a letterbox to post letters to Santa, photographs with Santa and colouring in were just some of the activities for children to enjoy.

A remembrance tree where people can write a loved one’s name and a gifting tree where people can donate items Family Works would then give to families in need were also set up.

ILT Stadium Southland general manager Nigel Skelt said this was a magical time of year.

“There is a lot of people in our community who don’t get the opportunity to celebrate Christmas. People who won’t have their own trees come in and you can see on their faces a spark of Christmas. If you can bring magic for people, then you’ve achieved what you’re here for,” he said.

Raffle tickets were also offered with all the money raised going back to the Christmas tree festival.

“Next year we would like to have 50 trees,” Mrs Hoffman said.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a tree for next year’s festival should email Courtney Skelt at courtney.skelt@stadiumsouth.co.nz or Rhonda Hoffman at rhonda.hoffman@xtra.co.nz

Invercargill Christmas Tree Festival, weekdays 4pm-8pm and weekends 10am-3pm, until December 22. Entry, gold coin donation. The winning tree will be announced on December 22.

Credit: www.southlandexpress.co.nz


Invercargill Taekwondo Club bring home medals

Invercargill Sejong Taekwondo club members with their medal haul from the Taekwondo Union New Zealand national championships in Wellington. Photo: Supplied

About the organisation 

Se Jong Taekwondo Club, affiliated with T.K.D Federation, is based in Invercargill and has about 75 members at present. 

The non-profit sports club trains its students in taekwondo, a form of martial arts.

What the grant went towards 

The ILT Foundation provided a grant of $6000 towards the purchase of an electronic scoring system, protective equipment and thick guards. 

The equipment will assist members to learn the most effective methods and techniques for use at tournaments and will enable them to run national tournaments in Invercargill.


Invercargill Se Jong Taekwondo instructor Brent Davidson takes a class through its paces. Photo: Lisa-Maree Fleck

What the grant means to the organisation/community group 

“The grants have enabled our club to purchase top of the line equipment giving our members the opportunity to train to be one of the strongest clubs in New Zealand,” Invercargill Se Jong Taekwondo president Brock Monaghan-Neutze said. 

“We are truly grateful for the support and our club will continue to be proud to represent Invercargill in New Zealand and overseas competitions.”