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The Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust is committed to making good things happen in our community. Since its inception the Trust has returned over $100 million by way of grants to a range of community causes in Rotorua.

Latest News and Publications

Here you will find all the latest updates with the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust including media releases, 2016 annual report, newsletters, etc.

The Heritage Collection

Since the year 2000 the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust has been collecting and bringing home important local artworks which now represent a valuable historical record of Rotorua's artistic endeavour.

Background of the Trust


Residents of Rotorua live and work in one of the most amazing districts in New Zealand with inspiring people, history, culture and a natural beauty that is envied the world over.

It’s important, however, that the strong and proud ‘face’ of our community is supported by a clear vision for the future and backed by sound investment. And that’s where we come in.

The Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust was established on 3 June 1994. It was created so that some of the funds resulting from the corporatisation of the Rotorua Electricity Company could be retained and used for the benefit of Rotorua and surrounding districts.

For over 20 years we’ve provided funding for a huge range of organisations throughout our district.  Plus, we are the region’s most significant provider of student scholarships and support for high-performing youth.

There is no corner of our community that our Trust hasn’t touched in some way; and the goal of every funding dollar is to make Rotorua a better place to live, work and play.

Our mission is simple: if you or your organisation is doing something positive in our community, come see us because we want to be a part of it!

Our friendly staff can help you with your funding application. And if we can’t fund you, for some reason, we’ll help connect you to others who can.   Contact us today!