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Gift Campaign

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari kē he toa takitini

My success should not be bestowed onto me alone, it was not individual success but the success of a collective


Call TO Action

We warmly invite you to continue to support us or join our Gift Partners,

an inspirational group on the leading edge of social and environmental change.


Your contribution will help enable a thriving, resilient Whanganui community and a model for the world.  

As a thank you, you’re welcome to join us through:

  • Attending our gatherings. For example, our upcoming Gift Partners gathering in Dec 2023.

  • Following updates via our Whats App group for Gift Partners.

  • Education and tours for you and your family.  

  • Reading our impact stories to see what your gifts are supporting.

We are calling for gifts, so we can reach our goals by Friday, 1st December 2023. 


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  • Operations for 3 years, investing in our core team.

  • Build a selection of the infrastructure items outlined, especially those essential to running our businesses.

  • Continue to develop our businesses towards financial sustainability.


  • Covers all the items outlined.

  • The budgets for construction would be at the lower end of estimated costs (see below).

  • We would utilise the skills of existing employees to support aspects of the construction process.


  • Covers all the items outlined at the upper end of the estimated costs.

  • Allows for optimum operational capacity while we construct highly resilient buildings that will last for generations to come.



As a general guide to gifting, our Foundational Partners’ commonly gifted the following amounts.

•   $10,000
•   $50,000
•   $100,000
•   $150,000+

Charity Details

Woven Rivers Trust

Charity #: CC57889
Account: 38-9022-0423718-00

The Gift Trust makes US & international gifting easy


To find out more contact:
Ness Radich

or book an appointment here 

Our IMpact

Our immersive learning experiences inspire new perspectives and provide skills

to enable people to facilitate resilience and wellbeing in their communities.

In addition to education, we make positive impacts through native forest & waterway regeneration, thriving kai food systems, & off-grid sustainable infrastructure.

Read our Annual Impact Report to learn more:

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What we've accomplished

Our Foundational Partners provided funding for our Charitable Trust to purchase land and build foundational infrastructure, which has enabled us to demonstrate the success of our vision for education.

We are hugely appreciative of the people who have supported us with this groundbreaking project! 

Building The Vision

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What we're planning to do

While we have successfully laid the foundations, we need additional funding to bring our vision to life; supporting us to sustainably host learning experiences that are safe, comfortable, and accessible for wider community participation. Further investment will amplify our impact and provide a globally recognised model for environmental and social change. 

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Horticultural Spaces


$25,000 - $100,000*

Key Features

•   12 m x 8 m (40 ft x 26 ft) shed        
•   Equipment and machinery storage
•   Seed storage
•   Propagation facility

Impact: A sheltered workspace in our native nursery will amplify our ability to run ecological restoration programs and community events. The local community loves to attend workshops and volunteer days on pest control, native plant propagation, weed control, and native tree planting. 


$50,000 - $100,000

Key Features

•   12 m x 4 m (40 ft x 13 ft) pole structure    
Washing & cooking facilities
•   Food and seed storage
•   Powered facility using existing solar

Impact: This is a key piece of infrastructure needed for running educational horticultural programs and enabling the gifting of healthy fruit & veggies to the community. It will provide a sheltered & hygienic place for washing, processing, and distributing food from our gardens and orchards. 

*Costs range shows the lowest possible budget (Goal 2) to the ideal budget (Goal 3).

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Small Educational Spaces


$100,000 - $200,000

Key Features

•   5 x four-person sleeper cabins 
•   4 m x 3 m (13 ft x 10 ft) structures
•   Bunk beds and bedding

Impact: Cabins will provide a comfy place for 20 people to rest their heads during multi-day courses. This will reduce the considerable time spent on setting up canvas tents, & provide accommodation suited to winter.

$25,000 - $50,000

Key Features

•   8 m x 8 m (26 ft x 26 ft) 
•   Wooden decking and poles
•   Shade cloth & accessories

Impact: This will provide a shaded space for connecting with the environment, designed in a way to accentuate and bring attention to the different aspects of the natural systems that surround it. 

$115,000 - $275,000

Key Features

•   8 m x 8 m (26 ft x 26 ft) structure
•   Furniture & equipment
•   Composting toilets & greywater 

Impact: This is critical to enable us to offer education in all-weather conditions. It will provide a multi-purpose space for writing, using equipment, presentations, & other activities best practiced indoors. 

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Land accessibility AND enhancement

$30,000 - $100,000

Key Features

•   100 m (328 ft) boardwalk        
•   2 x  4 m (13 ft) walking bridges
•   4 x educational signs & seating areas
•   3 x wooden archways and sculptures

Impact: It is crucial that learners can comfortably access the land, explore, and feel a sense of place when they visit. Boardwalks and bridges increase accessibility to more wild spaces like wetlands and waterways, while signs and artwork provide key wayfinding tools to support people to understand the story and meaning behind each space.

$50,000 - $70,000

Key Features

•   500 m (547 yd), single lane
•   Shellrock
•   Carparks

•   Drainage

Impact: We require additional roading to more easily access current horticultural and educational infrastructure, as well as planned accommodation infrastructure.  

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Farm Vehicles


Key Features

•   800 CC+ 
•   4WD, mud tires
•   Flatdeck tray

Impact: This vehicle will be an absolute asset when it comes to light transport on the farm and ecological services in the region, allowing us to set up the further reaches of the farm for education and improve the efficiency of everyday maintenance and operations. 


Key Features

•   5-star safety rating 
•   4WD, mud tires
•   Flatdeck tray

Impact: This will enhance our ecological services work in the Region, which is essential to creating green jobs for our learners to progress into. It’s also fundamental to our horticulture and land maintenance.


Key Features

•  30 HP+ compact tractor
•  Bucket & mower 

•  Forklift 

Impact: A tractor with accessories will hugely improve the efficiency of our horticultural operations and farm maintenance, freeing up our time for education and community engagement. 

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Community HUB

$500,000 - $1,000,000

    Key Features

  • Multi-purpose learning space

  • Health Clinic

  • Office

  • Ablutions

Note: We will be applying for up to 900K from Lotteries to go towards a community hub, which means our final budget could be cloer to $1,400,000 - $1,900,000.

Impact: The hub will be community-facing, providing a purpose-built space for indoor and outdoor learning, a holistic health clinic, a meeting space, and offices to enable the administration of our organisation. 

It will be a venue for community events and education, an emergency hub for disasters, and serve as a “home base” for our immersive learning experiences. 

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Essential OPerations Support

$500,000 - $1,000,000

Key Features

•   At least 7.5 FTE (300 hours/wk) for 3 years
•   80% expenditure on labour 
•   20% on operational expenses

Impact: We have been fortunate to attract passionate and highly skilled people who are willing to work for the Living Wage because they believe in our vision. 


Our goal is to be financially sustainable in 3 years, and we need to retain our employees to achieve it.  This will provide sufficient time to develop infrastructure to create the capacity for operations to be sustained by our business revenue (see Financial Story). 


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Poipoia te kākano kia puawai

Nurture the seed and it will blossom

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