WBS announces additional $150,000 investment into Wairarapa community

This month marks an impressive 150 years since WBS began business, and with this, its long term support for Wairarapa businesses, locals, and the community. In recognition of this milestone, WBS through the WBS Charitable Trust have announced they will commit an investment in the region of $150,000 from now until the end of 2024.

WBS has been supporting Wairarapa people and businesses since its predecessor, the Permanent Investment and Loan Association of Wairarapa (PILA), was established in Greytown in 1873. Proudly locally owned, WBS has played a key role in shaping the Wairarapa throughout its 150-year history, not only providing local people and businesses with loans and investments but also supporting community groups, sports, schools and charities through its Charitable Trust.

A recent example of support was a $10,000 grant to the East Coast Rural Support Trust to help those impacted by February’s rain and flood damage in Tinui and surrounding areas.

Chief Executive John Healy attributes the enduring success of WBS to its core focus on community and relationships. “WBS’s primary focus on community is its legacy; drawing on a history 150 years in the making gives us invaluable insights into the Wairarapa region and its people that sets us apart from mainstream banks,” he says.

The targeted $150,000 of community grants will be made over the next two years via funding rounds held twice per year. Applications for the current funding round are now open, and close on 30 April. To apply, complete our online application form by clicking here.