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An underwater scooter for ocean research, diabetic sensors and Six Simple Machines for educational programs are among the projects supported in the Mazda Foundation’s latest round of funding. Over $74,000 was donated to individuals and organizations…

An underwater scooter for ocean research, diabetic sensors and Six Simple Machines for educational programs are among the projects supported in the Mazda Foundation’s latest round of funding.

More than $74,000 has been donated to individuals and organizations across the country in this round, including five-year-old Kobe from Tasman, who has type 1 diabetes.

Kobe was only four years old when he was diagnosed and it presented him with many challenges, including the fear of pricking his finger to test his glucose levels.

Kobe’s family received $3,960 to purchase a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device that eliminates the need for finger-prick testing.

Kobe’s mother, Paula Hemara, says that over time they have found ways to reduce his pain and support him on his journey, but the CGM will help him manage his diabetes more closely, allowing him to participate in more activities and be independent in school.

“The sensors are inserted into his arms every 10 days and installed on an app that shows continuous monitoring of his blood sugar. They also alert us if his levels are low or high, which can put Kobe’s life at risk.

The Mazda Foundation is funded by a contribution from the sale of every new Mazda in New Zealand. Each year, it holds three fundraising rounds to help Kiwis in need with nearly $4 million donated to the community since its inception in 2005.

The Auckland Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) has received $10,300 to restore Six Simple Machines, an interactive exhibit that helps explain the fundamentals of engineering and how the machines work to visiting school groups.

Kathryn Michie, Partnerships and Fundraising Advisor, explains that the goal of the education team is to provide quality educational programs that foster innovation and meet the needs of tamariki.

“Students receive fun, experiential learning with the Simple Machines exhibit that takes the lever, wheel, pulley, inclined plane, wedge, and screw, and shows how these combine to create more complex machines. .”

Several recipients of this cycle have received grants for environmental initiatives. Waikanae Estuary Care Group Incorporated received $7,600 to purchase eco-friendly seeds, compost and plant support material for a native plant nursery.

Waikanae Estuary Care Group President Robin Gunston says that since 2006 they have planted and nurtured around 70,000 native plants.

“Our goal is to restore the Waikanae Estuary Science Preserve to its former flora and fauna status, and we are committed to planting in the reserve for the next six to seven years, by which time restoration should be complete. .”

Manta Watch New Zealand Charitable Trust has received $2,516 to purchase an underwater scooter for its research team to record and collect biological data.

Project manager Lydia Green says the team borrowed a scooter last season, but having access to their own machines will be essential to continue their research.

“The success rate in recording biological information in the water and installing satellite beacons is much higher with access to an underwater scooter. We are very grateful to receive the grant to purchase the scooter that will support our research for at least the next three years.

David Hodge, Chairman of the Mazda Foundation, says the Foundation is passionate about supporting initiatives that make a difference for New Zealanders.

“The assistance that the diabetic sensors will give to young Kobe is life changing, and we are delighted to be able to support him and other initiatives that improve the lives of New Zealanders,” he said.

For more information on all grant recipients who received a grant this cycle, visit:

The closing date for the next round of Mazda Foundation applications is June 30, 2022. For more information or to download an application form, go to

Mazda Foundation March 2022 Laureates

Organization The description Town Amount$
Transport and Technology Museum Funding to repurpose 6 simple machine models to support interactive learning experiences for visiting school groups Auckland, Waitemata and Gulf $10,300.00
Manta Watch New Zealand Charitable Trust To purchase an underwater scooter for the research team to record and collect biological data in the water. Auckland, Rodney $2,516.53
Jonah New Zealand Incorporated Project First aid training for staff to train at the level of pre-hospital emergency care Auckland, Albert Eden Roskill $1,476.52
Kidz Need Dadz Charitable Trust NZ Funding to support staff training and education. Auckland, Maungakiekie-Tamaki $3,600.00
Panacea Arts Charitable Trust Funding to purchase materials for a commemorative exhibition of works by brand new ‘South Auckland’ artists – namely Ōtāhuhu, Māngere and Otara Auckland, Waitemata and Gulf $2,334.42
Te Whakaora Tangata Financing for the purchase and installation of a heat pump, furniture and carpets Auckland, Manurewa-Papakura $3,634.00
Organization The description Town Amount$
Turua School In order to purchase a three compartment composting system, a kit for the school garden. Waikato, Hauraki District $900.00
Waikato Community Hospice Trust To purchase a transportable community bed to provide care in the patient’s home Waikato, City of Hamilton $2,774.00
Whāingaroa Environmental Center Costs to organize a series of monthly scientific evenings between July 2022 and June 2023. Waikato, South Waikato District $865.79
Moehau Environment Group Incorporated Funding for the purchase of trapping equipment for the field team and trapping volunteers to set up a trapping operation to target ferrets Waikato, Thames-Coromandel District $4,992.54
Hamilton Arts Trust Funding for Phonic Light Bridge and UV Spaghetti works in Hamilton for community enjoyment Waikato, City of Hamilton $3,800.00
Roger Williams To erect a retaining wall for an in-ground trampoline for 14-year-old son Zac, who has autism and developmental disabilities. Waikato, City of Hamilton $3,726.00
Bay of Plenty
Organization The description Town Amount$
Lisa Hooper Financial assistance to cover the additional costs of William’s therapy dog. Papamoa, Bay of Plenty $5,825.00
Organization The description Town Amount$
East End Surf Life Saving Club Incorporated To purchase specialized surfboards for use by our junior surfer members (ages 6-14) and to kick-start their water safety and junior surf rescue training. Taranaki, New Plymouth District $3,500.00
Everybody’s Theater Society Incorporated Funding to train volunteers to install and remove the PA system used by live performers. Taranaki, southern district $1,599.94
Organization The description Town Amount$
The Feilding and District Art Society Incorporated To sponsor the Youth Art Award at our 2022 Art Awards. Manawatu-Wanganui, Manawatu District $2,000.00
Paul Walch Partial financing of a recumbent tricycle for his son Max to give him mobility and freedom Manawatu-Wanganui, Manawatu District $5,000.00
Camellia House Trust Buy outdoor equipment to create a play area for children Manawatu-Wanganui, Palmerston North City $1,191.05
Organization The description Town Amount$
Waikanae Estuary Care Group Incorporated To purchase eco-seeds, compost and plant support material to grow plants in the Native Plant Nursery Wellington, coastal district of Kapiti $7,600.00
Wood Hatton Playground To purchase wet weather gear for our bush session. Wellington, City of Lower Hutt $645.00
Maungaraki School To buy 6 A24 rat trap kits – these have the traps, co2 canisters, chocolate lures Wellington, City of Lower Hutt $814.29
Organization The description Town Amount$
Paula Hemara Funding to purchase Dexcom G6 sensors inserted into Kobe’s arms every 10 days to show continuous monitoring of Kobe’s blood sugar levels. Tasman, Tasman District $3,960.00
Richmond Group Constituency for the Disabled Incorporated To buy a new wide saddle for Maisie to help her with unbalanced riders to reduce her stress level. Richmond, Tasmania $1,274.15

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