The COVID-19 lockdowns had a disproportionate effect on women/wāhine and girls/kōtiro in Aotearoa, including job losses, increased caring work and increased family violence. In order to support organisations to continue to support acute and immediate needs, the Minister for Women, Hon Jan Tinetti, announced a COVID-19 Community Fund in 2021. Tui Trust is grateful to the Ministry for Women for assisting us with a grant that supported wāhine and kōtiro in the Waikato that faced hardship in our communities. Special food packages and gift cards were delivered to 40 wāhine and kōtiro in Ngāruawāhia, Huntly, Taupiri, Hamilton, Kawhia, Te Kuiti, Otorohanga and Pio Pio. [2021-2022]
From February 2022 Tui Trust will be distributing free hospital grade disposable masks and sanatiser to whānau and communities who need support. If we haven't made contact with you please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you require supplies and we will arrange delivery. We are grateful to the Waikato DHB and the caring staff at the Waikato Distribution Centre for supporting our communities.
2020-2021: The National COVID-19 Lockdown Level 4 began at 11.59 pm on March 25, 2020. In response Tui Trust launched its' Community Response Project followed two weeks later by our Whānau Health Project. Throughout all lock-down levels we supported over 100 vulnerable families from Family Start Waikato, Moko Club Ngāruawāhia and Huntly by providing food and essentials items. We will continue this work for as long as we need to. Any donations made to Tui Trust for these projects will assist us to maintain a high level of support to our families.
Thank you to our Sponsors
The Community funders in the Waikato region combined efforts to directly support non-profit organisations to support the well-being of the most at-risk people, who may be affected by COVID-19. The Waikato Community Funders Group includes the Brian Perry Foundation, Braemar Charitable Trust, The Department of Internal Affairs, D.V. Bryant Trust, Gallagher Foundation, Len Reynolds Trust, Momentum Waikato, Trust Waikato, WEL Energy Trust, Hamilton City Council and Waikato Regional Council.
We need to say a huge thank you to these groups in particular D.V. Bryant Trust and Trustees and WEL Energy Trust who supported our projects with grants and donations. The outcomes meant that families had warm clothing for their children, had wood for their fires and enough food for a family of 6 for one week. These projects helped families calm the immediate uncertainty of how they would meet the basic needs for their children during very uncertain times.
140 pair of winter pyjamas sizes 0-7 years
110 food care parcels delivered
10 trailer loads of firewood delivered
Essential health-related items
Social worker support and regular contact
In-home child support to check on health and well-being