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: Phil Hyatt, Philip Leith, Leigh Briars, Libby Bibby, Sharon Beuke, Jenny Leith, Alice Hyatt, 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 through your will, please get in touch with Mike Boyton ( or Jenny Leith (

What is the Sarau Festival raising money for in 2019?

It is hoped that our major project in 2019 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 extension of the community garden and picnic area at the Moutere Hills Community Centre. In addition we hope to give extensive funding to local sport and cultural groups within the Moutere – especially those involving younger members of the community.

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. In the past years it has gone to young folk participating in soccer, indoor cricket, road cycling, softball, mountain biking, Shakespeare competition, Future Problem Solving and euphonium playing in the national youth orchestra. There is no limit to age or activity – try us and see!

The Moutere Grapevine

We stand behind the Moutere Grapevine if they need financial assistance. The Moutere Grapevine is a monthly news publication produced voluntarily 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 2018 were: Moutere Hills Community Centre, Country Kids, Moutere Youth Group, Kidpower, Moutere Youth Trust, Upper Moutere Tennis Club, Empire Dance, Tasman Gymnastics, St Pauls for their food bank and fuel voucher scheme, and restoration of the historic church building, The Moutere Kai Collective, and the walkway/cycleway project

To date a total sum of $165,916 has been allocated on your behalf to the Motuere Hills Community.

Where does the name Sarau Community Trust come from?

When the first settlement was formed in what is now Upper Moutere the German settlers named it after a beautiful valley in their homeland Sarau. It was known as this until during World War I when the local community made a decision to adopt a less obviously germanic name for the area, and it was renamed Upper Moutere. In 1993 when Jenny Briars and Jenny Leith completed their book on the 19th century settlement of the valley, they chose the name – The Road to Sarau. Since that time the name Sarau has been re-adopted by a number of folk and most notably the local festival held in summer each year is known as the Sarau Festival.