The Naylor Love Hutt City Charity Golf Tournament is the major annual fundraiser for the TAKA (Te Awa Kairangi Access) Trust, which aims to address inequality by offering a range of opportunities to pupils from schools in the north eastern suburbs of Lower Hutt. Naylor Love will be the main sponsor of the tournament for the next three years.
The TAKA Trust’s latest initiative is the TAKA WIFI project, which will ensure that all children in Lower Hutt’s north east suburbs have free access to digital devices and wifi in their homes.
In September 2018, thanks to support from Chorus, Network For Learning and the Ministry of Education, 124 children from Rata Street School will receive free wifi access to their school’s secure managed internet network at home. The scheme will be evaluated in 2019, with further roll-out planned, subject to school and community readiness.
Proceeds from the 2016 and 2017 tournaments enabled the Trust to provide 25,000 experiences including providing free buses for children for trips to Te Papa, Parliament and Hurricanes’ games at the Westpac Stadium, to name a few. In May (2018) more than 1000 children and their families attended a free Orchestra Wellington concert at Taita’s Walter Nash Stadium. Many of these experiences were firsts for the children and their families.
TAKA Trust Chairman, Matt Reid says the Trust aims to build a community of engaged, active and healthy young people who are motivated to strive towards brighter futures. “It’s all about addressing inequality and empowering the tamariki who need us the most. The work of the Trust helps to level the playing field and ensure the fantastic children of Lower Hutt can all benefit from a range of experiences and learning opportunities to fulfil their potential and enhance their achievement and aspirations,” he says.
The charity golf tournament was started in 2012 by a voluntary committee of Hutt City Council staff members and is supported by local businesses and corporate sponsors.
This year’s event will be held at the Shandon Golf Club, Petone on Friday November 30, 2018 and organisers are seeking further sponsorship and support to help them help the TAKA Trust achieve its vision.
Photo caption: Marking the launch of the TAKA WIFI project enabling equitable digital access for students of Rata Street School last month are from left to right: Chorus CEO Kate McKenzie; Hutt City Council Mayor Ray Wallace; TAKA Trust Board Member Ken Laban; Minister of Education and Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins, Network For Learning Board Director Karen Poutasi; Network For Learning CEO Larrie Moore; Network For Learning COO Will Graham; TAKA Trust’s Joni Araiti, TAKA Trust Chair Matt Reid, Rata Street School Board of Trustee Chair Nic Drew-Crawshaw; and students from Rata Street School. They are holding Chrome Books, issued to them at school which they will be able to use at home under the scheme.