Otago Polytechnic Charity House Auction

The Otago Polytechnic charity house auction raised $110,000 for community charities in the Otago region.  United Way NZ will distribute this money early in 2019 to charities who have recently applied for funding in the region.  We are very thankful to the students, tutors, Otago Polytechnic, sponsors/businesses and everyone involved.



Special congratulations go to the lucky family who bought this magnificent 3 bedroom house. We hope you enjoy your new home. 

2018 Otago Community Awards Recipients

United Way New Zealand would like to thank Otago Polytechnic and Dunedin City Council for hosting the 2018 United Way Otago Community Awards. United Way awarded grants to 30 deserving charities and community organisations who do a lot of work for the Otago Community.

United Way would like to thank: The Tindall Foundation, Otago Polytechnic Charity House project, Mercy Hospital, Otago businesses, payroll givers and individual donors for their generous donations. This funding creates the 'collective impact' for our grant allocations. 

      Awards Being given out by Cr Marie Laufiso


Photos thanks to Marelda O'Rourke-Gallaher

Thank you from Dunedin Community Transport Trust

The trustees of Dunedin Community Transport Trust, our staff and our volunteers thank United Way very much for their support to help keep our reputable, reliable, affordable and expanding service running for our elderly and transport disadvantaged clients in the Dunedin community.

Dunedin Community Transport Trust offers a reliable, affordable transport option for those who aren't able to use public transport due to cost, accessibility or are unable to manage carrying their groceries, we have maintained a good client base and continue to receive referrals from health providers, community agencies and families in need.

20 Years of Life Education in Heartland Otago/Southland!

United Way would like to say a big congratulations to Life Education Trust for 20 years of valuable work in the Heartland Otago/Southland region! We are proud to support the excellent work you do!


John Gallaher

United Way would like to introduce our Chairman of the Board, John Gallaher. Thank you, John, for your work in helping us build united communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

John GallaherJohn joined Forsyth Barr Dunedin in 1985. He has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry in investment advising, commercial and chartered accounting, management and banking.

John is an Authorised Financial Adviser (2011) and was accredited as an NZX Advisor in 1992. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago, majoring in Accountancy and Information Systems. John is an Associate Chartered Accountant, a Chartered member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and an Associate of the New Zealand Institute of Management.

John is the Board Chair (since 2011) of United Way New Zealand and is a champion of Advancing the Common Good for all New Zealanders.

Mayor Dave Cull

Thank you Mayor Dave Cull for being our United Way New Zealand Patron and all the work you do for the Otago Community.