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 at Phillipstown Hub.  

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 a hip hop night and a DJ school. 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: NZ Lottery Grants Board, Christchurch City Council, Community Organisation Grants Scheme, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Trust, The Four Winds Foundation,Youthtown, Creative Communities, Lion Foundation, The Southern Trust, Rata Foundation and The Trusts Community Foundation.

Big shout outs to: Evil Genius Co-Working Lair, Loscam, Switch Espresso


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