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Kathleen Dorothy Kirkby Charitable Trust


Kathleen Kirkby was the only daughter of Southland businessman, Sir Robert Anderson. An avid collector of art and supporter of community organisations, Kath left her substantial art collection to the Invercargill City Council, to be housed in the old family home at Anderson Park, which was gifted to the people of Invercargill by her father.

Kath married Wynne Kirkby, a roading contractor from New Plymouth, and they settled in Tauranga in 1936. Tauranga was Kath’s home until her death in 1992. She was a supporter of many groups in Tauranga, and her home town of Invercargill, benefiting the youth and the aged in these towns through her generosity.

Kath was a major fundraiser and supporter for the Red Cross in Tauranga and was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal in 1982 for her 40 years of service to the organisation.


Funding Objectives

The Kathleen Dorothy Kirkby Charitable Trust was established by deed on 31 March 1969.

The deed provides for the trustee in its absolute discretion to pay income to or for:

  • Such charitable society, association, or organisation carrying out in or about Tauranga, Invercargill, or Queenstown, the object of the care or welfare of children or young people under 20 or the aged or of persons suffering from physical or mental disability or infirmity; or 
  • Education of children in or about Tauranga; or 
  • The promotion of medical research in New Zealand; or 
  • Such other charitable organisations as specifically nominated by the settlor during her lifetime.


Please note that the Trust will not make grants for staffing/wages.


Funding Amount and Time Frames

  • Applications to be considered as a recipient for funding are assessed annually. The next granting cycle will be from 10th June 2019 - 28th June 2019.

  • The amount to be distributed this round is approximately $90,000.

  • All applications must be completed online.

  • The length of the assessment process is dependent on the volume of applications and all applicants are notified of the decision. During the assessment period, trustees may request further clarification from the applicant regarding their application.


Regrettably, due to the number of applications received, we are unable to provide detailed feedback on unsuccessful applications. Please note the decision of the Trustee is final and not subject to any appeals process.



Click on the following grant button to start your application.

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