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Portrait of John Logan Campbell, by John Louis Steele. Date c 1900. PA1 A, Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira.

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 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:

  • 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 direct, in the first instance, for a sufficiently wide section of the community

In 2023, in recognition of the cost-of-living crisis affecting communities in New Zealand, the Trust will target key charitable social agencies in Gisborne, Rotorua, Hamilton, Tauranga, Thames, Auckland and Whangarei that provide regional services for the direct alleviation of poverty and homelessness through 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 Residuary Estate Grants - 2022

The grants totalled $400,000 for the following:

The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Account, Love Soup, Huntly Community Foodbank, Kaitaia Fresh Start Foodbank, Far North Community Foodbank, Coromandel Foodbank, Auckland City Mission, South Auckland Christian Foodbank, VisionWest Community Trust, Everybody Eats Charitable Trust, Presbyterian Support (Family Works), Rubicon Youth Alcohol and Drug Support Services Charitable Trust.

View the complete 2022 grant list here.

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 the University of Auckland.

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

In 2022 the Trustees established the Sir John Logan Campbell Māori and Pacific Postgraduate Research Scholarship to encourage and support Māori and Pacific students who are undertaking a research thesis at masters or honours level within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland. The Sir John Logan Campbell Māori and Pacific Postgraduate Research Scholarships comprise a scholarship award plus compulsory tuition fees. Two Scholarships were awarded in July 2023.

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

Case study one
Photo: Moorhouse

One of the 2019 recipients of the Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Estate was the Waipa Community Trust which used the donation for its Cambridge Pump Track, which opened to the public in December 2019. A representative says both local children and surfers use it regularly when 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.”

Case study two

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.