Di Buchan Environmental Trust
Established October 2013
My great-great grandparents came to New Zealand from Scotland and farmed sheep in South Otago as they had done in Scotland. I spent my childhood in Central Otago, lived for seventeen years in Northland and then moved to Wellington in 1986. I love New Zealand – every inch of it. During my career as a social and environmental researcher I have travelled all over New Zealand working with groups and communities from Bluff to Ahipara. As a researcher and a volunteer for a wide range of community-based organisations over many years I have seen how people working together, sharing knowledge, resources and enthusiasm can achieve wondrous things.
In 2010 my late husband and I moved to Otaki and with the surplus cash from the sale of my Wellington home, I decided to set up this Charitable Trust. I was motivated by a belief that with the right support, little by little, we can heal our waterways and our soils and our forests. This work is essential if future generations are to experience a quality of life comparable (and hopefully better) to that which we have now.
In developing the purposes of the Trust my focus was on raising awareness about what is causing environmental damage and how best to fix that. To this end the Trustees particularly want to work with landowners. We also want to work with students, especially those from low-decile schools, and with poorly resourced communities who might otherwise struggle to access the funding, knowledge and networks, to undertake projects aimed at environmental restoration.
I have been joined in achieving this dream by three honorary Trustees who are all long-term colleagues as well as friends. Together we have knowledge and experience to bring to the Trust. In addition to funding, we are keen to contribute our time and share our wide networks to help the projects we support achieve their objectives. John Makowem of Maxim Wealth - another friend and committed environmentalist - has agreed to serve the Trust as its honorary financial advisor.
Our funds are not large but we aim to use what we have to maximum effect by joining forces with others and targeting projects that maximise community involvement.
You can help by donating to the Trust or by encouraging schools or community groups you know are keen to undertake an environmental project to apply. To apply follow this link.
The more funds we have, the more we can do. Donate now!