Identity Evolution

Rātā Foundation

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    The Canterbury Community Trust changed its name to  Rātā Foundation in 2015.

    This was the first major update to our identity since our inception in 1988.

  • Why we’ve evolved

    All effective organisations evolve to keep pace with the changing needs of their stakeholders and the sector they serve. We started our identity evolution process with a Perception Survey in April 2014, which told us that:

    • Our name, The Canterbury Community Trust, was confusing. Many of our Canterbury applicants and influencers believed our funds were only for Canterbury, while our other regions found the name ‘isolating’ and ‘not inclusive’.
    • Many respondents did not understand our history – ‘where and who does the money come from’.
    • The word 'Trust' was misleading and confusing, leading people to ask ‘what social services we provided’.

    In developing our name and visual identity – Rātā Foundation – we were addressing these concerns and taking a position of:

    • Leadership, collaboration and smart investment
    • Belonging to all our four funding regions
    • Guardianship and community

    Fundamentally, we refreshed our identity to better reflect our strategic vision and core beliefs.


    The name - Rātā Foundation

    Our name, Rātā Foundation, is inspired by the Southern Rātā tree.

    This ancient species is well known for its brilliant red flowers that provide one of the most colourful displays in the New Zealand forest. This name positions us as an enduring foundation, or trunk, which supports an abundance of branches, leaves and flowers – the community we serve.

    Our name is supported by a positioning line, ‘Connect, Collaborate, Transform’. This line speaks to the purpose of the organisation which is to be a catalyst for healthy, happy and prosperous communities. We always work in partnership and collaboration to ensure we are having a positive impact in the regions we serve.

  • Just like the organic nature of the Rātā tree itself, we and the communities we support will continue to connect, collaborate and transform together.

    E pātuki te manawa o te Rātā, he oranga mō te iwi.

    The heartbeat of the Rātā sustains the people.