About Us

& Our Purpose



The Sumner Bays Union Trust Story

The Sumner Bays Union Trust is a registered trust and was set up to manage programmes for the older members of the community in 2008 by the Redcliffs Union Church. The trust is membership driven organisation. All volunteers are members of the Trust while being involved with their particular group as a volunteer or coordinator. The Trust is the tenant signing any of the leases if these groups need to lease land as four of them have. The Trust’s Coordinator and Board ensure all business support requirements of the Trust and its members, such as insurance, health and safety, advises on and administers their finances and applies for funding where needed, are provided. It liaises with council, and provides communications through Facebook and this website. It has now grown into a community organisation that facilitates and assists with community programmes. They currently include the now well established elderly support programme which employs an Older Persons Coordinator, the Sumner Silver Band, a number of community gardens and orchard, a nature preservation project, Te Reo lessons, and preschool play groups in the Sumner to Heathcote areas.

Our Purpose

To implement, support, and sustain community development initiatives that enhance the social well-being, community identity, environmental and social connectedness in the Sumner and Redcliffs communities.

Our Vision

Sumner, Redcliffs and Mt Pleasant and surrounding areas are communities where people feel engaged, connected, able to participate and supported emotionally, mentally and physically throughout their lives.

Our Core Values

Kaupapa Tangata – People

At core are our relationships with the people who live, work and are involved in our community.  We are positive, open, respectful, inclusive, and supportive towards one another.

Kaupapa whakarite – Sustainability

We care for the environment in which our community lives. We are stewards and promote Kaitiakitanga of our local environment.

We will endeavour to become more sustainable in every aspect of our organisation.

Kaupapa hourua – Partnership

We are committed to working collaboratively with like-minded people and organisations. We establish Memorandum of Understanding with our Partners.

Kaupapa Pono – Integrity

We operate in a manner which is ethical, open, professional and is based on best practice in the not for profit sector.

Kaupapa akoranga (taumano) – Lifelong learning

We are committed to support our community to continue to learn throughout their lives.  We are committed to the upskilling of our staff and volunteers.