Update 24.12.2011

By December 24, 2011News

Dear supporters,

We’d like you all to be amongst the first to know of a recent development.

The crib at Kaka Point that was home to Hone Tuwhare has just been placed on the market. As you know, the Trust which has been raising funds to transform the crib into a writers’ residence – the first of its type in the home of a Maori writer.

Hone’s family and Kaka Point locals have been enormously patient, while the Trust has worked to raise the funds needed to purchase the property. Financial pressures mean the family simply can’t delay the sale any longer, which the Trust completely understands. While it’s disappointing we can’t yet purchase the property, we remain hopeful this may be the catalyst for an individual or organisation to step forward and help purchase the crib on behalf of the Trust. Alternatively, another scenario is that a buyer may be prepared to on-sell the crib to the Trust in the next year or two, once we’ve reached our funding goal.

Despite the immediate challenge of the crib, we remain positive about the progress the Trust has made this year. After a successful public launch and fundraiser “Koha for the Crib” in July, we appointed a new Trustee, Dr Noel Waite, from Otago University. Noel’s Design students have applied their passion for Hone to a series of highly creative proposals, all of which are original ways to promote Hone’s work to a new audience.

We will keep you informed as to our progress next year, and please rest assured that your support will still be used to support the Trust’s kaupapa, which is to “help preserve and promote Hone’s legacy.” Should you wish to discuss the crib sale in the meantime, please feel free to contact us by email at tuwharetrust@gmail.com

Wishing you a safe start to the New Year,
The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust