Whanganui Rural Community Board

The Whanganui Rural Community Board represents and advocates for our rural community.

The board is a body established by statute. It carries out functions, and exercises those powers delegated to it by Whanganui District Council.

Apply for seed funding from the Whanganui Rural Community Board

The Whanganui Rural Community Board offers support to smaller community-based projects in our rural areas. The purpose of this seed funding is to enable small and nimble projects to get underway. These activities must show a clear community benefit. Grants of up to $1000 will be considered per project. The board will consider all applications, but funding decisions will be at the discretion of the board. The board will prefer activities that are family and community focused, encourage local participation and fulfil a demonstrated community need.

Download an application form(PDF, 213KB)

Funding requirements:

  • You submit an application form with a brief description of your project. Application forms must be complete.
  • Funding will be limited to one application per project per year.
  • You indicate how your activity will benefit your community, group or school.
  • You provide at least 50% co-funding of the project costs. This may include volunteer and staff time. Volunteer time will be calculated at a rate of $20 per hour.
  • If you receive funding, you sign a funding agreement with the Whanganui Rural Community Board.
  • At the conclusion of your project or event, you fill out a short project report using the template that we will provide.

Other important information:

  • Applications will be considered at the next nearest meeting of the Whanganui Rural Community Board.
  • Priority will be given to community organisations, charities, not-for-profit societies, iwi, marae, schools and social enterprises.
  • Incomplete, late or non-complying applications will not be considered.
  • Funding requests must align with the focus areas in the Whanganui Rural Community Board’s strategic plan, Rural Directions(PDF, 11MB) .
  • Full policy details can be found here(PDF, 615KB).
  • Funding is available annually. Once the funding pool is exhausted, applications will close for the year.

For more information, please call democracy support officer, Diane Paterson, on 06 349 3152 or email democracy@whanganui.govt.nz

Board members

Peter Oskam – board chair
Whanganui subdivision
Email: peter.oskam@whanganui.govt.nz
027 285 8603

Peter was born in Dunedin/Ōtepoti and was raised and educated in Whanganui.

After working in numerous occupations here and overseas, Peter returned to Whanganui to take up farming, experimenting in sheep and beef, deer, goats and kiwifruit on the Whanganui River. He eventually developed a forestry block and dairy heifer grazing/bull leasing enterprise.

At the same time, Peter has managed a plastics manufacturing company and has been the operations manager of a die-casting manufacturer. Recently Peter and his wife Louise owned an aluminium windows and doors company. Currently the couple are helping
to develop a mountain bike park with their son.

Peter and his wife Louise have been married for 33 years and have raised three children. Peter was asked to run for the rural community board and is attending as many council meetings and workshops as possible to assess how things work so he can not only apply his skills and talents but also understand the issues and then apply what he feels is needed, so he can add the most value to the organisation.

Peter is values driven and community focused.


Grant Skilton
Kai Iwi subdivision
Email: grant.skilton@whanganui.govt.nz
027 245 8067


Bill Ashworth
Kaitoke subdivision
Email: bill.ashworth@whanganui.govt.nz 
06 342 7704


Michael Dick
Kai Iwi subdivision
Email: michael.dick@whanganui.govt.nz
06 342 9922

Alistair Duff
Kaitoke subdivision
Email: alistair.duff@whanganui.govt.nz
022 084 4020


Sandra Falkner
Kai Iwi subdivision
Email: sandra.falkner@whanganui.govt.nz
021 069 0276



David Wells

David Wells  deputy chair
Whanganui subdivision
Email: david.wells@whanganui.govt.nz
027 289 5112


Appointed Councillors

Cr Charlie Anderson: charlie.anderson@whanganui.govt.nz
Cr Brent Crossan: brent.crossan@whanganui.govt.nz