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The Potatoes New Zealand Charitable Trust was established in 2009.

The Trust’s charitable purposes include:

  1. Health: the advancement of New Zealanders’ health through promoting and encouraging the consumption of New Zealand potatoes and the health values of such produce;
  2. Education: the advancement of education, through support of training and education within the New Zealand potato industry and to assist with the education of persons associated with the New Zealand potato industry;
  3. Research: the promotion, encouraging and fostering of research in relation to potatoes in New Zealand and the dissemination of such research for public use and for the improvement of the public’s general knowledge of potatoes within New Zealand.

Trust income is derived from several streams, including:

  • Royalties from Potatoes New Zealand’s investment in the seed potato breeding programme, being run by the Crown Research Institute Plant and Food Research.
  • Royalties from the sales of the Potato Calculator by Crop Logic.
  • Fundraising activities, such as an annual golf tournament and awards dinner.

Trustees:

  • Terry Olsen, Chair – Grower, Manawatu
  • Ian Corbett – Grower, Manawatu
  • Jon Davison – PNZ Inc. Board representative
  • Malcolm Cairns – Grower, Canterbury
  • Murray Turley – Grower, Canterbury
  • Robin Oakley – Grower, Canterbury
  • Sonia Whiteman – Independent Director
  • Tony Parlato – PNZ Inc. Board Representative, Grower Manawatu

Grants:

Trustees decide how the money from this pool is spent. Much of it is devoted to potato research, such as efforts to create breeds of potato that have higher nutritional values than existing varieties.

The Trustees also consider applications for grants from groups outside the potato industry who support and are working towards the trust’s aims.

Examples of previous grants:

  • To fund PhD students into research for the potato industry.
  • To assist potato researchers to travel to overseas conferences to gain wider industry knowledge.
  • To provide potato nutritional information and cooking skills to some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children who attend the Stand Children’s Services villages.

How to apply for a grant:

Please contact the Secretary, Potatoes NZ Charitable Trust.