The principal objective of the Rainbow NZ Charitable Trust is to actively fundraise and attract sponsorships, donations and bequests in order to maintain a fund available to build strength through diversity within the LGBTQI+ community in New Zealand. Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations, at times advertised by the Trust, in order to support a range of rainbow-affirming projects and to assist LGBTQI+ support services.

Funding criteria for support includes:

  • alignment with the Trust's purpose and objectives
  • applications which benefit the wider NZ Rainbow community rather than any particular individual
  • clear and transparent benefits specifically targeting the LGBTQI+ community in NZ
  • the ability of the applicant to deliver the proposed project
  • the availability of funds

Community Support grants contribute to permanent LGBTQI+ services and resources that provide education, cultural benefit, health, welfare and support, to ensure their sustainability. This can include funding of some overhead or operational costs.

Applications for Community Support Grants must be received before midnight March 1st, 2019.

To download the Community Support Application Form, click here.

Email completed fillable PDF application forms and any supporting documents to [email protected].

Community Participation grants contribute to LGBTQI+ projects and initiatives that may be held from time to time that benefit our community encompassing educational, cultural, sporting and other events including those held during Pride parades and/or festivals.

Community Participation grants specifically exclude the recipient organisation's overhead or operational costs.

Pride funding is intended to support individual organisations, groups, or persons participating in wider Pride events including, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin Prides.

To download the Community Participation Application Form, click here.

All applications, email completed fillable pdf application forms and any supporting documents to [email protected]

Charlotte Museum - $1640 to set up an audio description system of the collection for visitors

Chroma Queens Go South - Invercargill Performance

Rainbow Youth - Mental health professional resource

Dance Therapy NZ - Dance Movement Therapy drop in for LGBTQi+ youth

Gifting of $10,000 to community groups was celebrated on Wednesday 6 April, 2016 at Marcello’s Café in College Hill.

Auckland Women’s Centre received $1,000 to assist in the buying of books for two additional library units – Trans Women of colour and LGBTQI+ Youth. Prominent lesbian community member Cissy Rock accepted the gift on behalf of the organisation.

LowDown’s Cissy Rock, accepted a gifting of $500 for important replacements for sound gear for the lesbians out west and will also be available for other events throughout the community.

The Charlotte Museum Trust, receiving $2,000 from the trust to invest in a badge maker, a digital photo frame, and an LP to CD converter. These items will help to transplant the vast history of lesbian culture onto modern platforms and increase accessibility to these resources.

The Legacy Project received $2,000 to continue to support and co-ordinate community theatre projects from within the LGBTQI+ community to develop and stage eighteen short, theatrical works from the queer community.

Queer Aesthetic workshops of community group Breaking Boundaries were also supported this month by the trust with $1,000. “It is a really excited year for us at Breaking Boundaries”, says Joni Nelson, “we are stepping away from just being an online support service to actually being able to give back, start working with the community to create our own histories.”

OUTLine NZ was gifted the largest sum at $3,600 to fund clinical supervision and risk management training for the OUTLine team who work tirelessly with volunteers on the front line.

In April, the GABA Charitable Trust distributed $12,660 in community grants to organisations and individuals that benefit the health, welfare and support services of the LGBTQI+ community throughout New Zealand.

Auckland Women’s Centre
$900 towards the operating costs of the Auckland Women’s Centre Library

Ben Walton
$750 towards the production of Zinzan, a queer short film about a father/son relationship

Body Positive
$2,000 towards a theatrical production about HIV/AIDS and featuring an HIV+ cast

Cartier Charitable Bereavement Trust
$1,000 towards the production costs of a fundraising calendar featuring local performers

Charlotte Museum
$1,130 towards the upgrade of computer systems and museum workshops and events

GALS (Gay and Lesbian Singers)
$2,000 towards marketing costs for the Out & Loud choral festival

The Legacy Project
$2,000 towards venue costs for script development workshops with writers and directors

$2,880 towards training costs for helpline volunteers and face-to-face counsellors

While any project, activity or service that complies with the Trust's mission objective can be considered, priority will be given to those that:

  • benefit the Auckland rainbow community
  • benefit a large number of individuals
  • have an educational focus
  • assist in reducing the marginalisation of LGBTQI+ people within society

For further information, please contact:
Gresham Bradley, Chair
Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust
Box 68 213
Auckland 1145
[email protected]

Other Pride Events

Application deadlines for Pride events scheduled to be held within New Zealand during 2019 will be 6 weeks in advance of the start of each Pride event.

If you are holding a Pride event in NZ and would like to register with the Trust so that we can support your participants please contact [email protected].

Non-Pride Related Events

The Trust welcomes applications for a Community Participation Grant fulfilling the criteria but not related to a Pride event.

To download the Community Participation Application Form, click here.

All applications, email completed fillable pdf application forms and any supporting documents to [email protected]

The Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust was proud to distribute $11,800 in grant funding to support the staging of events during the 2019 Auckland Pride Festival and other events not part of the Festival. In addition we made our first grant for an event in the Wellington International Pride Parade (WIPP)

Auckland Community Participation Grants
  • Body Positive Big Gay Out stand
  • Doc Edge Pride 2019 Film Screenings
  • Legacy Project 6
  • Night of the Queer
  • Pride Tennis Tournament
  • Same Same But Different Literary Festival
  • Woof! The Auckland Rainbow Dog Show
Wellington International Pride Parade
  • Orchestra Wellington

The GABA Charitable Trust was proud to distribute $9,900 in grant funding to support the staging of events during the 2017 Auckland Pride Festival and to encourage participation in the Auckland Pride Parade.

Festival Production Grants
  • Dykes on Mikes
  • EquAsian
  • Impostar: Who Does He Think He Is?
  • The New Normal
  • We Don’t Have To Be The Building
  • Whati Te Waka
  • Woof!
  • Theta Project
  • Ze: Queer as F*ck!
Parade Participation Grants
  • Body Positive
  • Brass Bandits
  • CarribeaNZ Southern Stars Steel Band
  • EquAsian
  • Marching Boys
  • NZ Prostitutes Collective
  • OUTLine NZ
  • Rainbow Families
  • Whanau Uenuku
  • Whati Te Waka
  • YouthLine
  • Hamilton Pride

The Trust distributed $10,350 in grant funding to support the staging of events during February’s Auckland Pride Festival and to encourage participation in the Auckland Pride Parade 2016.

Festival Production Grants
  • Artspace – The Bill
  • Legacy Project
  • Pride Tennis Tournament
  • Proud To Play
  • RainbowYOUTH
  • Same Same But Different
  • Woof! The Auckland Pride Dog Show
Parade Participation Grants
  • Body Positive
  • CaribbeaNZ Southern Stars Steel Band
  • OUTLine NZ
  • Rainbow Family Te Whanau Uenuku
  • RainbowYOUTH

The GABA Charitable Trust distributed $10,075 in grant funding to support the staging of events during February’s Auckland Pride Festival and to encourage participation in the Auckland Pride Parade 2015.

Festival Production Grants
  • Alternative Bindings, literature programme
  • Breaking Boundaries, discussion programme
  • PulseArt, A Space for a Story exhibition
  • Rainbow Community Church, Worthy! musical
  • Rainbow Youth, Masquerade Ball
  • TAPAC, Night of the Queer cabaret
Parade Participation Grants
  • Aotea Drag Kings float
  • Aztec Gods float
  • Body Positive float
  • Brass Bandits float
  • Charlotte Museum float
  • Mika Haka Foundation float
  • OUTLine NZ float
  • Pasefika LGBTQI Youth float
  • Rainbow Families float
  • Rotorua Chamber of Pride float
  • UniQ float

Tertiary Scholarships

These are available annually through the Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust to assist students who identify as LGBTIQ+. Successful applicants would be able to demonstrate leadership qualities and a positive role model influence for Rainbow-affirming peer and community support, and have a good academic record.

In 2008, GABA and the GABA Charitable Trust created the GABA Secondary Scholarship programme to assist young LGBTQI+ people leaving secondary school through their first year of full-time tertiary study. In 2011, in recognition of the increased costs and challenges of tertiary education, the scholarships were increased to $3,000 each.

The scholarships are offered to a student who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex, is seen as a good role model by peers and teachers, and who has excelled in effort and achievement in their secondary education. Scholarships are open to any LGBTQI+ student who is enrolling in a full-time degree course, of at least three years duration, at any tertiary level institution recognised as such by the NZQA.

Rainbow New Zealand Trust General Tertiary Scholarships

The Trust offers two scholarships for study at any University, Polytechnic or Wānanga in New Zealand.
Application forms are available here.
Applications must be made by completing the fillable PDF.

See below to read our Conditions.

Rainbow New Zealand Trust/AUT University Tertiary Scholarships

In 2014, GABA formed an alliance with AUT University, and now jointly offer two additional scholarships for study at AUT, under the same conditions as our standard scholarships.

Applications must be made by September 30 through AUT by clicking this link.

2019 Scholarship Recipients

After a record number of outstanding applications the following students were awarded scholarships for showing great leadership and role modelling within their schools and communities.

Georgia Purkiss

Georgia Purkiss – RNZCT / Aurecon Scholarship

GEORGIA is an outstanding STEM subject student from Woodford House in Havelock North & has been accepted to the University of Auckland Engineering School. At high school Georgia was into everything! The "short list" includes: manager of the school's Global Committee and Festival of Cultures team, co-head of the Innovation Committee, organiser of the Servant Leadership day, mentor in the Student Wellbeing programme, school librarian, & hospice volunteer. In her "spare time" Georgia was also captain of the school soccer team & a Hawkes Bay representative player. Georgia is also very musical! She can play "almost" any instrument and is a master on the drums. She plays in a rock band that is in high demand for events at school & the wider community. Georgia has also lead the way for LGBTI+ rights at her strict Anglican high school, and attended the school ball with her girl-friend (a first for Woodford!) where they won CUTEST COUPLE!.. Georgia won the Aurecon Scholarship - the first from Aurecon who also became Rainbow Tick Acredited just before the presentation.

Ruby Wills

Ruby Wills – RNZCT / AUT Scholarship

Ruby is from Selwyn College, Ruby has always been passionate about being being proud of who she is (bisexual) mainly due to growing up in a heavily catholic upbringing. She has found that the Selwyn High School was very supportive and allowed her to be who she is, but also helped raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues via a school play ‘Dusty the Original Pop Diva’ which Ruby was in. Some of Ruby’s involvements while at high school include: KSDA dance show 2018, Ponsonby pride parade 2017 – 18, Play it strange showcase 2015, Variety artists club performance 2018 Attending various sex positive events, Partaking and donating to the “are we there yet?” feminist exhibition at Auckland museum, Donating to online causes on ‘give a little’ for LGBT members of the community needing financial support for surgeries, nontoxic places to stay, and causes to end HIV, Recently participated in 3rd year communication design student Jemma Haymans “make it gay” project involving a photoshoot and interview with some of my other queer friends and partaking in the arts council ‘passion project’ and raising awareness for Bi Visibility. Ruby will study Graphic design at AUT. .

Ezra Baldwin

Ezra Baldwin – RNZCT / AUT Scholarship

Ezra is from Kelston Girls' College. Ezra has been active through the Peer Sexuality Support Program (PSSP). Through this, Ezra was able to meet people in the LGBTQI+ community and learn more about them and their individualities. Doing this, lead Ezra to be able to be a point of contact in school to people who were curious about the LGBTQI+ community or wanted to know how to handle things going on in their own life that they needed friendly guidance on. Ezra is also passionate about Theatre and has been actively involved in theatre productions. Ezra has been accepted into AUT’s Bachelor of Design course, starting in Semester 1, 2019. Through Ezra’s passion for drama they were recently involved in a TV production involving four schools around New Zealand telling a story of their choosing and devising, run by Pango Productions, which will screen on TVNZ1 in 2019.

Gabriel Mulder

Gabriel Mulder – Richard James Memorial Scholarship

GABRIEL MULDER - winner of the Richard James Memorial Scholarship! Gabriel is an exceptional academic from Tauhara College in Taupo, and has been accepted for Pre-Med study at Auckland University. This will support Gabriel's ambition to qualify as a Doctor, with an aspiration to specialise in psychiatry. Gabriel's also a stand-out LGBTI+ leader in the Taupo community. This started at intermediate school when he researched and delivered two presentations on LGBTI+ Rights to students & faculty. He also led the way at high-school including co-ordination of Day of Silence, and successfully petitioned for gender-neutral bathrooms. Gabriel also started the first LGBTI+ social support group for the wider Taupo youth community - Rainbow Rocks. The Trust 's Scholarship interview panel was inspired by Gabriel's story and delighted to offer him the Richard James Memorial Scholarship. Richard was widely known and loved by our community. We lost him suddenly last year while he was holidaying overseas, and a fund was quickly arranged to bring him home. A small surplus of money remained, and the idea to create a one-off scholarship in Richie's name was unanimously agreed. The gift would have appealed to Richie who was a kind, generous, funny and unassuming man. The legacy of those qualities has now passed to the next generation and found the perfect recipient. We wish Gabriel every success in life and career - carry the light forward my friend..

Liam Kennedy

Liam Kennedy – RNZCT Scholarship

LIAM from Westlake Boys High School in Auckland. Liam will be studying Law at Victoria University in Wellington. Liam was a Prefect at school and involved in many leadership initiatives including their rainbow support group. He's also an active Rainbow Youth member and was involved in the Youth Declaration last year.

Ruby Cadman

Ruby Cadman – RNZCT Scholarship

RUBY from St Cuthberts College. Ruby will also be studying Law as well as Arts, at Auckland University. Ruby launched the first LGBTI+ support group in her school and is also a Rainbow Youth leader. Ruby is passionate about making a difference and has a keen interest in Government policy and Foreign Affairs.

Lawson Brownie

Lawson Brownie – RNZCT Scholarship

LAWSON is from St Peters College in Auckland, and will be studying Arts and Commerce at Victoria University in Wellington. Lawson was involved in EVERYTHING at school including many leadership roles, is an active Rainbow Youth member, and a Facilitator for Generation Queer. He intends pursuing a career in mental health with a focus on youth and young people. .

Hamish Bunn

2017 Scholarship Recipients

Hamish Bunn – GABA Trust / AUT Scholarship

Hamish is an engaging student from Morrinsville College who gives 100% to everything he does. He has a penchant for Drama, participating in the school’s “Rather Large Day Out”, a showcase of drama, music and art. This involved acting in a play, and signing as a member of the chorus for the school musical.

Hamish describes himself as reliable, punctual, and a great team player.

Hamish will be studying for a Bachelor of Law at AUT.

Jessy Thurston

Jessy Jean Thurston – GABA Trust / AUT Scholarship

Jess hails from Auckland’s North Shore, attending Northcote College. She has a blue belt in Zen Do Kai, and has played the lead role in a production of Peter Pan for the National Youth Theatre Company. Jessy is looking forward to a career in Journalism, and has already had four articles published in Channel Magazine.

Jessy’s interests include Drama, English and Media, she describes herself as organised and dependable.

Jessy will be studying for a Bachelor of Communications at AUT.

Ethan Morse

2016 Scholarship Recipients

Ethan Morse – GABA Trust / Westpac Scholarship

Having come out at 14, Ethan went on to become the very popular and highly respected Head Boy at Katikati College. He led the formation of an LGBTQI+ support group at his school and when the Orlando shootings happened in June 2016, he immediately organised, promoted and led a pride march through the streets of Tauranga in support of those who lost their lives.

He excels in English and Drama and will be going to Victoria University to further those studies.

Finnlay Allerston

Finnlay Allerston – GABA Trust / Westpac Scholarship

Finn doesn't seem to have had any issues with his sexuality since he moved from Twizel to Dunedin to continue his secondary education at Logan Park High School. He and his boyfriend were voted cutest couple at the school formal in 2014, 2015 and again this year even though this year his boyfriend was briefly away in Europe and had to be present as a cardboard cut-out.

Having little need for a support network at school he nonetheless started a diversity group so that other less confident students could get the support they needed. He also has been very active in challenging school policies on gender diversity, and in combating discrimination and bullying in sport.

He will be studying Psychology and Gender Studies at Otago University.

Brooke Milne

Brooke Milne – GABA Trust / AUT Scholarship

Brooke is a transman whose journey from girl to boy while still at Spotswood College in New Plymouth has not stopped him from being a prefect and an outspoken leader within his school and community. He was recognised by his school by getting the Principal's Award for the greatest contribution to the school this year. His leadership has not only included gender and sexuality issues but many other areas of school life and he is unable to be with us tonight because the school needs him as the MC for the Graduation Dinner which he is largely responsible for organising.

Brooke will be studying Creative Technologies at AUT.

Aimee Quinlan

Aimee Quinlan – GABA Trust / AUT Scholarship

Aimee is an exceptionally caring person who has a enormous drive to help those in need. As well as attending college she has volunteered and worked with children with special needs.

Last year she set up a Rainbow Alliance group at her school, Whangaparaoa College, and has ensured the future leadership of the group by mentoring a younger student.

She will be studying at AUT for a Bachelor of Education with psychology in order to continue her work for children with special needs.

Beth Maynard

2015 Scholarship Recipients

Beth Maynard

From Long Bay College, Beth is very high-achieving academically and a school leader in many areas.

She has been active with Rainbow Youth serving on the Campaigns, and Finance and Culture Committees and is currently the board treasurer.

She will be beginning a Bachelor of Arts in History, planning to achieve a Doctorate and become a university academic.

Bryan Law

Bryan Law

Bryan was born in NZ of Malaysian Chinese parents.

He has been at Newlands College in Wellington where he is Head Boy, co-chairs the School Council and also fills other leadership positions.

He is academically very successful and participates in many school activities both sporting and in the arts while also volunteering outside school.

He hopes to be able to continue his volunteer work with LGBTQI+ youth while studying for a conjoint Bachelor of Law and Arts at the University of Auckland.

Kate Warburton

Kate Warburton

Kate is from Botany Downs Secondary School where she played a major role in establishing a successful and sustainable LGBTQI+ group for which she also prepared much of the material used by the group.

Passionate about writing, Kate will be doing a Bachelor of Arts in Language and Culture specialising in Creative Writing.

Jesse Ung

Jesse Ung

Jesse Ung is a New Zealand-born Cambodian from James Cook High School in Manurewa.

Since coming out at 13, he has always been involved with his school’s LGBTQI+ groups, generally in leadership positions. He’s also volunteered extensively outside school.

He is passionate about film and will be doing a Bachelor of Communications focussing on film studies.

Daniel Collings

2014 Scholarship Recipients

Daniel Collings

Daniel went to Mahurangi College where he was Head Boy and was involved with many school activities in both the arts and sporting areas including being the coach for underwater hockey.

He will be studying Communications.

Courtney Bassett

Courtney Bassett

Courtney went to Rangitoto College where she was a top scholar. She was extensively involved with the performing arts including writing and acting, and a satirical piece she created about the homophobia of Colin Craig can be seen on Youtube. She is also a published poet and an intern at a radio station.

She wishes to study English and Theatre at The University of Auckland.

Jacob Angus

Jacob Angus

Jacob went to Rosehill College where he was a House Leader and Māori Leader. He was a co-founder of the school’s Celebrating Diversity Group for which he had pushed for several years.

He is particularly interested in developing young leaders from amongst the more marginalised groups in society and this is part of his desire to study Social Work at The University of Auckland.

Vernon James

Vernon James

Vernon went to Long Bay College where he was the Arts Captain. A person who hates being idle, he has been involved in a myriad of school activities including organising a Straight Gay Alliance at his school. He was also on the Auckland Council’s Youth Advisory Panel and involved with many community charities. He has had his own company since age 10 called Balloon Mania which provides balloons for many significant events.

He intends to do a conjoint Business and Communications degree.

Johann Go

2013 Scholarship Recipients

Johann Go

Johann studied at St Patrick’s Silverstream in Wellington, a conservative catholic college where he consistently challenged the school’s heterosexist attitudes. He is a very active online advocate on LGBTQI+ issues with a large following, and set up a support group for LGBTQI+ students at school and, with the help of the school counsellor, changed the attitudes of the school’s priest and headmaster.

Johann is also very active in the wider community including St John’s Ambulance, where he is a Cadet Leader and has received the St John’s Grand Prior’s Award. He set up his own group, The Compassionate Marists, to assist elderly residents in rest homes and was recognised for this work by the Upper Hutt City Council. He was also a Youth Advisor to this council.

Johann will be studying medicine in Auckland.

Joni Nelson

Joni Nelson

Joni studied at Long Bay College where she excelled in Drama, Media Studies and Photography. She organised, ran, performed in, and directed numerous arts events. She was also been very active in the LGBTQI+ affairs at school and in the wider community: writing, creating NZ’s first QSA online forum and starting a QSA group at school, and she has been a facilitator and Volunteer Committee member with Rainbow Youth.

Joni is planning an arts degree in psychology and media at The University of Auckland.

Rawinia Thompson

2012 Scholarship Recipients

Rawinia Thompson

Rawinia was a very popular and successful leader of the Wellington Girls College Student Council. She was an executive prefect, occasional student representative on the school board and involved with her school’s Queer Straight Alliance. She also volunteered and fund-raised for Victim Support and was involved with JustSpeak – a community advocacy group on criminal justice.

Rawinia plans to do a conjoint Law and Arts degree including Political Science and Public Policy and intends to work in the political arena.

Joshua James

Joshua James

Joshua was a Student Leader and Peer Support Senior at Kaipara College. He set up a QSA at Whangaparaoa College when faced with bullying there and went on to assist with setting up QSAs at other schools.

He has served on the Auckland District Health Board’s Peer Sexuality Support Programme, Auckland City Council’s Youth Advisory Panel and has worked with the Ministry of Youth Development’s advisory committee and as the Youth Representative on its funding board. He plans to take a conjoint Law and Arts degree with Public Policy as a focus and says, “I want to be Prime Minister”.

Kiran Foster

This year the quality of applicants was so high that the Trust awarded a study grant for an exceptional third student.

Kiran Foster

Kiran was born in Singapore and came to New Zealand when they were nine years old. An accomplished musician and photographer, they were a Young Scholar at the University of Auckland studying Maths and Computer science.

Kiran is a Rainbow Youth volunteer and is involved with Q West in Henderson. They are also doing a conjoint Law and Arts degree with the hope of working in the non-profit sector defending civil liberties or minorities issues.

Jack Winter

2011 Scholarship Recipients

Jack Winter

Jack was Deputy Head Boy at Fairfield College. He was active in both sports and the arts. He started a Queer Straight Alliance group at his school and was a voluntary Facilitator at Waikato Queer Youth.

He is very motivated to help others make the most of their potential, and pro-active in improving and developing groups he is involved in. Jack intends to study for BA majoring in Theatre Studies.

Farran Ram

Farran Ram

Academically able, and involved in a wide variety of school activities at Massey High, Farrran has shown a dedication to helping both her fellow students and others in the wider community. She intends to study health sciences with the goal of becoming a doctor, and we expect her drive and ability will ensure that she succeeds.

Iefata Williams

The Trust was asked by the Cartier Trust to select another student for a scholarship they wished to award. The following candidate was chosen.

Iefata Williams

From Kelston Boys High School, Iefata has been involved in sport as a player, referee and coach as well as being a stage performer. Recognised by his school as a leader, he has also mentored junior pupils. Iefata intends to study Health Sciences with the goal of entering Medical School.

2010 Scholarship Recipients

Alex Edney-Browne

Alex is from Devonport where she attended Takapuna Grammar. She has achieved firsts in class in three years for English, History and Media Studies. She has been a member of the Peer Support Team, the Peer Sexuality Support Programme the main focus is increasing gay awareness in school. Alex has been active in trying to make her school LGBTQI+ friendly, speaking about challenging homophobic language in Staff Briefing and the Dean’s meeting.

She made a short film about homophobia which was shown in all year level assemblies later winning ‘Most Creative Promotion’ award at prize-giving. The film is now being used by a Rainbow Youth Educator in schools. She has run homophobia workshops in Year 10 Health Classes this year and last year and has been a member of Generation Queer at Rainbow Youth.

On the sports side of things, Alex has been a coach to the Year 10 Girls Soccer team. She participated in the Michael King Writers Centre creative writing workshops at the beginning of the year and was also lucky enough to be approved for the Auckland University Young Scholars Programme, where for one essay, she got a question about sexuality in New Zealand, a topic she is really passionate about reading Mates and Lovers: a History of Gay New Zealand and got an A+. Alex’s main love is films and she works at the newly restored Devonport Theatre as a projectionist.

Alex plans to start a Bachelor of Arts degree at Victoria University double-majoring in Political Science and Film.

Logan Reynolds

Logan is from Hamilton where he attended Fairfield College. Here he was Editor of the college magazine and indulged in his loves for writing. He was elected Head Boy winning both the student and teacher votes and approval from the Principal and School Board. He has used his position to encourage a number of students identifying as LGBTQI+ to be comfortable with their sexuality and to change attitudes in the school overall.

He has been active in acting (Mitch in Streetcar Named Desire) and re-enacted a musical number from Moulin Rouge. He was an active member of Students Against Drink Driving, and the anti-harassment team in the school, which is at the forefront of efforts to eradicate bullying. He also became a member of the Hamilton Youth Council where local government issues were approached from a youth perspective.

Logan is keen on journalism and won a scholarship this year through Global Focus which offered him training sessions in Wellington and publishing opportunities for an article on global mental health. He will be studying at the University of Waikato taking a conjoint Bachelor of Arts and Teaching, with a double major in English and History. His goal is to teach these subjects and become a positive role model in the education system.

Matt Hickmont

Matt is from Hamilton and spent 16 years of his life on his family’s dairy farm. A graduate of St Paul Collegiate, Matt is a top level student with a strong interest in the fields of art, photography and design. This year he achieved top student in Art Photography and Art Painting and received the Thornton Gallery Award for most promising artist in the school.

He came out to his school in the 5th form. He was Stage Challenge director for two years in a row, captain of the Under 15A hockey team, a swimmer, runner and weight club member. Matt became a School Prefect, Head of Social and leader of Hamilton House as an out and proud gay student — a first at this private male-only school. Matt was Head of the School Ball Committee, leader of the Culture and International Students portfolios and Head Tenor in the School Choir.

Matt loves the arts and culture: musicals, drama, art, dancing, and design. His focus is now on fashion and seeks to build a creative career in the fashion industry. Matt will be enrolling for a Bachelor of Design course of studies at Massey University Wellington.


The Award is open to any LGBTQI+ student who is enrolling in a full time degree course of at least three years duration, at any Tertiary level institution recognised as such by the NZQA. The degree must be on the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications. The recipient must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and have lived in New Zealand for at least the previous two years.

The recipient will be entering the first semester of year one, having successfully completed secondary school and having achieved university entrance in either of the previous two academic years prior to the year of intended tertiary study. (This allows for students taking a gap year.) Candidates will apply by completing all parts of the attached form.

The recipient will have shown a good level of academic achievement during their secondary studies. Involvement in extra-curricular/co-curricular activities will be of particular interest. The recipient’s personal history, financial needs, academic record (particularly in terms of effort and achievement), and plans will be taken into account.

The Scholarship will be paid upon proof of registration and payment of course fees. Recipients who hold other grants or awards may be awarded a sum up to the value stipulated by the regulations (if any) relating to those grants or awards.

All candidates must be available (at their own cost) to attend an interview in Auckland and to be available to accept the award at an appropriate time and place.

Recipients will report briefly to The Trust at the end of their first year of study.

The Trust reserves the right to not to make an award in any particular academic year and explanatory reasons may not be given.

For further information, please contact:
Gresham Bradley, Chair
Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust
Box 68 213
Auckland 1145
[email protected]