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Canon Oceania Grants, three $5,000 grants to help with a special project or cause.

For the past 15 years, in the spirit of Canon’s guiding philosophy of Kyosei – living and working together for the common good – Canon Oceania has supported more than 75 schools, not-for-profits and community groups with more than $420,000.

After the public cast more than 4,000 votes, we’re excited to announce the winners of our 2021 Canon Oceania Grants program. Each winner will receive $5,000 in cash and products.


Congratulations to this year’s winners!



Education Grant Winner
Wakatipu Reforestation

Wakatipu Reforestation


Wakatipu Reforestation focuses on the protection and restoration of the native biodiversity of the Wakatipu Basin through revegetation projects, collaboration, education and advocacy. The grant will enable it to grow its Educate for Nature program.

“The Canon grant will enable us to continue to support and grow our ‘Educate for Nature' program, said Jo Smith, WRT Education and Outreach Officer, Wakatipu Reforestation. “The grant will greatly assist us in the delivery of our hands-on environmental learning allowing us to connect children and community with nature. Thanks, Canon, for playing a huge part in helping us to reach our goal of ensuring that every child within the Wakatipu basin can be a part of our shared journey in restoring our local biodiversity.”

Community Grant Winner
The Period Place

The Period Place


The Period Place is a period advocacy charity, with the goal of eliminating period poverty by 2030; in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. The charity will use its grant to allow them to facilitate greater learning opportunities in their education classes.

"We are so stoked to win the Canon Oceania Community Category Award,” said Danika Revell, Cofounder + CEO, The Period Place. “Being a charity that focuses on supplying vulnerable communities with period products, it's hard to spend money on things we need internally for ourselves. Having a printer that is fit for purpose for our team, means we'll be able to provide better resources for our Impact Partners, and the individuals we support around Aotearoa. With a projector, we’ll be able to deliver our workshops clearly, ensuring everyone can access them from The Period Place Hub properly. The Hub is the first free community space in Aotearoa focused on periods, and thanks to Canon, it's going to be able to support the needs of so many more menstruators and their whanau”.

Environment Grant Winner
Far Out Ocean Research Collective

Far Out Ocean Research Collective


Far Out Ocean Research Collective’s mission is to foster knowledge and conservation of oceanic environments through research and education. This grant will be used to support their research of female parāoa/sperm whales in Aotearoa NZ. 

“We’re very grateful for Canon’s support, especially in these difficult times,” said Jochen Zaeschmar, Founder, Far Our Ocean Research Collective. “The grant will support our photo-identification work in the first dedicated surveys of female sperm whales in Aotearoa. The identification of individuals based on the unique marks on their tails is a cornerstone of our research and helps us understand population size, movements, and social structure. We are thrilled to be able to reveal some of the mysteries of these enigmatic animals and to share our findings with the wider community.”