Riverside Charitable Trust
The Trust was set up for the promotion of religion (which is no longer pursued), the advancement of education, and for the relief of poverty within NZ.
All land and assets are owned by the trust, and the board of trustees is made up of some of the community members. Community members are the caretakers of the trust assets, and profits from trust businesses are used to fulfill the its charitable purposes.
The main income is drawn from rental properties, the farm, selling raw fresh milk and life stock. The trust runs a number of other businesses including a hire venue, an art gallery (currently closed), and short stay accommodation.
Riverside's education programme is aimed at learning ways of taking care of ourselves, each other and the earth. It is sponsored by the Riverside's charitable trust, and each workshop within the programme provides free spaces for people who cannot afford the usual course fee.
The diverse and inspiring programme provides hands-on learning opportunities for our local community. In a wide range of workshops tailored to the seasons, tutors share many practical skills for a healthy and self-supporting way of life.