What is White Elephant Trust?

White Elephant Trust creates opportunities for the rangatahi of Ōtautahi to do cool stuff and express their unique wairua. We do this by facilitating exciting, fun programmes and events in our space on Tuam Street.  

Our kaupapa is to give young people the opportunity to be a part of a community, share, learn and discover new skills, and a place to make their own. There's a range of rangatahi and all ages programmes on offer, such as a poetry and hip hop night, a DJ school and clothes swap event. Check out our programmes page for more information. Or if you have an idea for a programme in your kete that you’d like to run, get in touch for a korero.

White Elephant Trust was founded in 2005 by a group of DJ’s who wanted to create safe events and projects for young people. Since 2014 more than 17,000 have taken part in our events and programmes.


Partners and supporters

White Elephant Trust is supported by a combination of local government funders, philanthropic organisations and donations.  We’re also a social enterprise that generates income by hiring out our venue to community groups.  

Thanks for your manaaki: Canterbury Youth Services, Tindall Foundation, NZ Community Trust, Youthtown, Christchurch City Council, The Trusts Community Foundation, Rata Foundation, COGS, Canterbury Youth Services, NZ Lottery Grant, Southern Trust, Mainland Foundation

Big shout outs to: RDU, Dulux, Rockshop, Sennheiser Australia and South Pacific Distribution


Support White Elephant Trust

Join the growing community that donates to White Elephant Trust and supports Christchurch’s rangatahi. As a charitable trust CC25925 all koha help us to cover critical operational expenses. We get audited every year to ensure there’s no dodgy business going on. For more information, take a look at our latest audited accounts.

All donations are eligible for a tax deductible rebate, meaning you can claim 1/3 of your total donations back. Make a donation or set up an automatic payment directly into our account: Kiwibank - 38-9011-0703861-00 - White Elephant Trust


Our amazing Board of Trustees meet regularly to provide governance and advice so we can achieve the best outcomes possible for our rangatahi.