Responding to Covid-19 Pandemic

Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund

Founding Donor 

Hugo Charitable Trust

Endorsed by Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult, the Wakatipu Community Foundation (WCF) has established the Greatest Needs Fund to help address gaps in central Government assistance to the most vulnerable or worst affected by Covid-19 in our community.


These are unprecedented times:

  • 6,500 people have registered for welfare support via the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s Emergency Operations Centre, due to extreme economic hardship

  • New figures show that 75% are migrant workers and 25% are Kiwis

  • The Wakatipu Community Foundation has responded by establishing the Greatest Needs Fund

  • Its vision is to help address gaps in central Government assistance to the most vulnerable or worst affected by Covid-19  in our community 

  • A specially formed committee, led by well-known fundraiser Kaye Parker, has been working behind the scenes raising money from private donors to reduce the fundraising stress on the front-line charities and agencies such as The Salvation Army, Happiness House and Central Lakes Family Service

We are seeking further donations but understand many of you, your families and your businesses are struggling with the fallout from Covid-19 and are not in a position to donate. Please visit our website often and follow our progress as we strive to raise significant funds for our frontline charities.

Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund

The Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund

  • The Wakatipu Community Foundation is sponsored by our Founding Partners - Print Central, Gibbston Valley, Mitchell Mackersy, Tindall Foundation, Hubbard Foundation, Berry & Co, Deloitte, Findex and Craigs IP and thus we are able to waive 100% of any administration fees for the Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund

  • For credit card transactionsthere is an unavoidable 3% credit card fee which is deducted from credit card donations

  • 100% of cash donations and 97% of credit card donations will be allocated to the key charities working to help our community in response to Covid-19  -  Salvation Army, Happiness House, KiwiHarvest, Volunteering Central, etc. 

  • Donations start at $5 

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Thank you for helping the most vulnerable in our community 

The Wakatipu Community Foundation is supported by and a member of:

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Wakatipu Community Foundation is a registered charity in New Zealand CC55258

Corporate Sponsors:

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