Supporting Our Community

At Downie Stewart we are committed to Dunedin and Otago and recognise our responsibility to give back to the community that supports us.

The William Downie Stewart Charitable Trust.

This trust was created to manage and donate funds generously bequeathed by Downie Stewart clients. Over recent years beneficiaries include: 

  • Arthritis Foundation - Dunedin
  • Cancer Research Department University of Otago
  • Crippled Childrens' Society - Dunedin
  • DCC for Public Library
  • Dunedin RSA
  • Foundation for the Blind - Otago
  • Idea Otago/Clutha
  • Little Sisters of the Poor Brockville Home
  • National Foundation for the Deaf
  • National Heart Foundation - Dunedin
  • NZ Asthma Society - Dunedin
  • NZ Society for Intellectually Handicapped - Dunedin
  • Otago Community Hospice Trust
  • Otago Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Otago Museum
  • Otago Settlers Association
  • Pacific Leprosy Mission
  • Pioneers New Zealand
  • Presbyterian Support - Otago
  • Red Cross Society - Dunedin
  • Roslyn Presbyterian Church
  • Salvation Army for Redroofs Home
  • Salvation Army New Zealand
  • SPCA Otago
  • St John Ambulance Dunedin

The Downie Stewart Foundation.

The Downie Stewart Foundation operates Moana House, a residential therapeutic community for adult male offenders who want to change their lives.


Downie Stewart is proud to be a sponsor of KiwiHarvest. 

KiwiHarvest is a local initiative that supports the less well off in Dunedin in a very cost efficient way. 


This is done by collecting excess food from donor businesses (cafes, bakeries, supermarkets etc), then distributing that food to social service agencies.
Almost 1 million meals have been provided to date to:
  • Presbyterian Support Otago (Family Works)
  • Salvation Army
  • Te Whare Pounamu Dunedin Women's Refuge
  • Dunedin Night Shelter Trust
  • Phoenix House
  • Anglican Family Care Centre
  • Church of Christ Community
  • PACT
  • St Vincent de Paul – Dunedin
  • Mosgiel Community Foodbank

Recent Downie Stewart sponsorship and donations for local organisations
  • Squash Otago Inc
  • Roslyn Wakari Football Club
  • St Clair Golf Club
  • Tapanui Golf Club for West Otago Health Facility
  • Ardleigh Ladies Golf Club
  • Palmerston Bowling Club
  • Waikouaiti Golf Club
  • Rotary Club of Dunedin
  • Cancer Society of NZ
  • Lions Club Magic Show Charitable Trust
  • Heart Children NZ Inc
  • Autism New Zealand

Partners and Staff Helping Out

Perhaps most importantly, partners and staff hold positions of responsibility and contribute their time, energy and expertise for the benefit of many not for profit organisations including:

  • Moana House
  • Regent Theatre
  • Otago Diabetes Research Trust
  • Otago Branch Standards Committee
  • Otago Settlers Association
  • Otago Softball Association
  • Zingari Richmond Rugby Football Club
  • St Clair Golf Club
  • Otago Squash Rackets Club
  • Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust
  • Forbury Park Trotting Club Inc
  • NZ Cricket
  • Underwater Hockey NZ
  • Kiwiharvest
  • Netball South
  • Softball New Zealand
  • Otago Golf Club Inc
  • Kaikorai Kindy
  • Royal Dunedin Male Choir

We proudly hold our heads high as a supportive member of the local community.


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