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Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Estate

Sir John Logan Campbell’s Residuary Estate is held in trust in perpetuity to distribute its income each year as directed by Sir John’s will. It is administered by the Cornwall Park Trust Board. 

Sir John Logan Campbell supported many charities and institutions in his lifetime and his Residuary Estate continues this legacy, distributing grants annually to organisations across the old Provincial District of Auckland which covers about half of the North Island.

Generally, support falls into the categories of:

  • Relief of poverty
  • Advancement of education
  • Other purposes beneficial to the community

The overriding requirement for each of these categories is that the purpose is of “public benefit” and that any grants are directly, in the first instance, for a sufficiently wide section of the community

View the recent recipient list here.

Annual online applications are usually submitted between 1 July and 15 August. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made changes to the application process for 2020 and 2021. There is also uncertainty on what amount of income will be available for grants.

Instead, the Trust will target key charitable social agencies in Gisborne, Rotorua, Hamilton, Tauranga, Thames, Auckland and Whangarei who provide regional services for the direct alleviation of poverty and homelessness by the provision of food banks and related health services.

The Trust will make funds available on an equitable basis to those agencies who wish to be supported. 

The Estate is also responsible for Sir John’s large collection of personal and business papers, available to view digitally at Auckland Museum

Sir John Logan Campbell Medical Trust — under review until further notice

The Sir John Logan Campbell Medical Trust was established under a trust deed dated 10 July 1970 and is administered by the Cornwall Park Trust Board as trustee in conjunction with the Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences at University of Auckland (UoA). 

The Medical Trust awards grants to staff and postgraduate students of the UoA to further their knowledge of medicine, medical and health matters by attending overseas conferences of international repute and make available the knowledge and medical expertise acquired for use in New Zealand. 

There are usually three annual application periods with closing dates of 1 March, 1 July and 1 November. 

For more information please email grants@cornwallpark.co.nz

Case study one


One of the 2019 recipients of the Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Estate was the Waipa Community Trust who used the donation for its Cambridge Pump Track, which opened to the public in December 2019. A representative says it is well used by both local children and surfers if the waves at Papamoa Beach are bad. The Red Bull Pump Track World Qualifier was held at the track in March 2020, before the nationwide lockdown.

The park has also had a positive social impact, the representative says. “One local kid approached me to thank me. When he left school, many of his mates went to drugs as there was nothing to do in town, but he’s hoping to get them riding the track and back on track with their lives.”

Photo / Moorhouse

Case study 2


Another grateful recipient of last year's grants was Mobility Dogs, which trains dogs to offer practical support, companionship and security for those living with disabilities.