News Archive : August 2013

Helping our young people to thrive
August 28, 2013

By the age of 13 only 31% of girls and 27% of boys in New Zealand feel hopeful about the future.

It’s a disturbing statistic from the Ministry of Youth Development, and one The Parenting Place aims to change thanks to funding from the Harcourts Foundation.

The Harcourts Foundation has made a $31,850 grant to enable The Parenting Place to establish a life skills programme for intermediate age children.

The “tween” years – years 7 and 8 in school – are fraught with challenges that simply did not exist 10 or 15 years ago, such as cyber bullying and exposure to unsuitable material over the internet.

The Parenting Place, the highly respected organisation founded by Ian and Mary Grant two decades ago, is keenly aware that young people lack the mental and emotional maturity to handle many of the pressures they now face.

The Parenting Place aims to change this …

Small things can make a difference
August 22, 2013

Nothing could be more heart breaking than having a terminally ill child.

And at such a terrible time, the last thing families need is to be struggling with day to day living costs.

Harcourts Greenlane is proud to be supporting the Guardian Angels Charitable Trust, which aims to minimise financial stressors so that families can focus solely on their child.

The trust provides immediate assistance at the “grass roots” level. Food, power, petrol and phone are the main priorities and other small requests are looked at on an individual basis.

Harcourts Greenlane, through its charitable arm the Harcourts Foundation, is stepping in to help with those other requests.

The team is donating $2000 towards Warehouse vouchers which will provide small things to enhance the quality of life for child and family.

The Guardian Angels Charitable Trust says families who have a dying child are often thrust into poverty as they …

Harcourts Foundation Launches New-Look Website
August 1, 2013

Harcourts’ charity arm, The Harcourts Foundation officially launched its new-look website earlier this week.

The website, which was built in-house by Harcourts’ technology team, was redesigned following the rapid growth of The Harcourts Foundation across Australia and New Zealand, and its expansion to South Africa and the USA.

Jason Wills, Chief Information Officer of Harcourts International, says the most significant feature of the new website is the ability for people to access it on any mobile device.

“This is an important feature that was missing from our previous website,” Mr Wills said.

“The Harcourts Foundation is one of Harcourts’ most important elements so it was critical that we developed a website that reflected this,” Mr Wills added.

Established in August 2008, The Harcourts Foundation aims to provide financial support that helps, grows and enriches local communities, and has received over to $2.2 million in donations to date.

All funds …