The Sarau Trust meets once a year in March or April to discuss the distribution of the proceeds raised by the annual Sarau Festival.

The current trustees are: Sandra Bishop, Phil Hyatt, Philip Leith, Brian Beuke, Leigh Briars, Libby Bibby, Sharon Beuke, Jenny Leith, Mike Boyton (Treasurer)


How do I apply for funds from the Sarau Trust?

There is no set application form. Date deadlines will be advertised in the March Grapevine and generally close late March each year.

Application is by email to

Can I make a donation to the Sarau Trust for distribution to the community?

Absolutely, donations may be anonymous or acknowledged. If you wish to use the Trust as a vehicle for a donation or to bequeath funds from through your will, please get in touch with Mike Boyton ( or Jenny Leith (

What is the Sarau Festival raising money for in 2015?

It is hoped that our major project in 2015 will be to assist with the walkway/cycleway that the Moutere Residents Association are planning to make access safer between the Moutere Village and the Moutere Hills Community Centre.

With this pathway we are trying to provide

  • safe passage for school children travelling on foot or by bike to school and from the school to events at the community centre without being endangered by highway traffic.
  • an attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists travelling from the North into the village centre; this could include visitors to events at the community centre proceeding to visit the village.
  • an enjoyable and safe trail for a local afternoon walk, a morning run, relaxed rambling, or pushing a pram away from our busy country roads

If this trail can be created, it might also open up options to establish further tracks or walkways in our area.

Further information can be found at:

In addition, we will help with the preparation of a community garden and picnic area at the Moutere Hills Community Centre. Last year we helped fund a water fountain and this year we will contribute to seating, plants, possibly a barbeque and historical panels to remind us all about how this area has changed in the last 170 years.

The Sarau Scholarship
The Sarau scholarship of $1,500 is awarded to a Moutere resident representing New Zealand in sport or a cultural activity. This scholarship is to assist with travel, accommodation or insurance costs, and essential equipment.

The Moutere Grapevine
We stand behind the Moutere Grapevine if they need financial assistance. The Moutere Grapevine is a monthly news publication produced by residents of the Moutere, for residents and visitors to the Moutere.

Sport and Cultural support
Finally we assist as many local sport and cultural groups as possible – particularly those who make activities available for children. The recipients in 2014 were:

MHCC to finalise their refurbishment following the devastating fires of 2013, Upper Moutere Fire brigade, Country Kids, Moutere youth group, Rangers rugby, Rangers football, Rangers netball, Upper Moutere Tennis, Moutere cricket club, kidpower/teenpower/fullpower, Moutere youth trust, St Paul’s community support fund, a water fountain for the Domain grounds, and the cycle/walkway project to link Upper Moutere School and Village with MHCC.