The neighbours of SALT District learned from experience how helpful it could be to have a shared legal entity that could make hyperlocal collaborations easier. It could enable risk-sharing, asset-sharing, and hopefully eventually, resource-sharing if we were fortunate enough to be able to employ our own place resource.
It is for this purpose that we formed the SALT Collective Charitable Trust, with neighbours across the district volunteering to be trustees on the board. In addition to our trustees, we had a small amount of resource thrown into the mix from Ōtākaro Ltd and from ChristchurchNZ to help us get set up in a way that other neighbourhoods could replicate.
In New Zealand, charitable trusts must have a trust deed which outlines the commitment made to their charitable kaupapa/purpose. Lots of trust deeds are very simple. But ours isn’t. We needed to convince the Charities Services that it was valid to focus our activities at the scale of a neighbourhood rather than a region, and demonstrate that we were not simply trying to benefit business. So our trust deed has been written to:
To support SALT District to become a positive and proactive neighbourhood with welcoming and vibrant places for people at the heart, inclusively shaped by the people of the place for the enjoyment of all, supporting the success of the surrounding area, by:
To support Christchurch’s social, cultural, physical and environmental regeneration and inclusivity after the earthquakes of 2011 by working with others to:
We would like to thank Steven Moe of Parry Field, New Zealand’s leading social enterprise lawyer, for his advice and support in our bid for acceptance by charity services, and Ōtākaro Ltd for providing placemaking support to draft our deed and engage Parry Field.
We were incorporated on 31 October 2019, and our trust deed is now regarded as sector-leading in New Zealand. You can meet Steven here and listen to his podcast ‘SEEDS’ interviewing purpose-led people here.