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A dual celebration held 30 September 2018

Trustees, staff, family members and guests of the DV Bryant Trust enjoyed a wonderful day of celebration, remembrance and reflection on Sunday 30th September with two very special occasions in Raglan. 

Firstly, the gifting of Daniel Bryant’s CMG medal (The Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George) to the DV Bryant Trust at Camp Raglan.  Dan Bryant was awarded the CMG as part of the King’s birthday honours in July 1936 for “philanthropic service to his fellow men”.  Following Dan’s death in 1962, his CMG medal went to his youngest child, Lucy Gilbert, and subsequently to Lucy’s second daughter, Patricia Macdonald.  Following Patricia’s death, the medal was presented in 2004 to the Children’s Bible Ministries (CBM) and was on display at Camp Raglan.  The DV Bryant Trust is most grateful to CBM for enabling Dan Bryant’s CMG medal to be displayed at the Trust’s offices, receiving the gift of our tipuna’s royal decoration. 


We then adjourned to the Bryant Retreat for afternoon tea – our thanks to Jenny, Shirley and Rae for the beautiful spread

At the conclusion of afternoon tea, three of Cecil Bryant’s four sons unveiled a plaque in the foyer recognising their father’s pivotal role in the planning, construction and landscaping of the facility, now known as ‘Whare Hauora Waahine’, our Healing Home for Women.  From the time of completion in 1964, Cecil regularly visited the home to meet the guests and tend to the garden.  Cecil was devoted to his parent’s (Daniel and Mary Bryant) vision for the welfare of women in the Waikato.


Further congratulations and a great honour

Our Board Chair, Prof. Vic Arcus, has become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

  Royal Society of Chemistry, UK 

Congratulations to our Board Chair, Prof. Vic Arcus

Winner of the Waikato DHB Medical Science Award at the 2016 Kudos Awards held on Wednesday 19th October 2016



A world-first research contribution to tuberculosis management.

Professor Arcus’s work focused on a multi-decade outbreak of the Rangipo tuberculosis strain in New Zealand, comparing TB replication and mutation rates in recently transmitted cases versus cases that developed after a long latency period. The study concluded that tuberculosis bacterium grew and changed much more slowly in humans than indicated by previous studies in macaques.

The study suggested that latent, non-symptomatic TB infections (which are present in one third of the world’s population and contribute to the persistence of the disease) could be eradicated with new or developing drugs targeting non- or slowly-replicating organisms. It also provided valuable new insights into common methods and tools used to study the patterns and control of disease. 

‘Kudos molecular biology and evolution’ from Waikato DHB


KuDos Awards for two Waikato academics






Congratulations to our Board Chair, Prof. Vic Arcus

2016 Kudos Awards Finalist


Congratulations to our Board Chair, Professor Vic Arcus, who is a finalist in the Waikato DHB Medical Science Award at this years Kudos Awards - Hamilton Science Excellence Awards.  

Winners will be announced at the 10th Annual Kudos Awards on Wednesday 19th October 2016 at the Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton.



'We're on the move!'  



After 29 years located on the sixth floor at 127 Alexandra Street, the DV Bryant Trust offices and Boardroom are relocating from the sixth floor, to the THIRD FLOOR at 127 Alexandra Street, Hamilton, on Friday 29th April 2016.  

We look forward to seeing you in our new office premises.




'Keeping it in the family' - Vic Arcus

Philanthropy News, April 2016


Thursday 7th April 2016 - Retiring Chairman, Doug Arcus


On Thursday 7th April 2016, the Trust hosted a recognition and celebration evening acknowledging Doug Arcus’ ten years ‘at the helm’ of the Trust.  Doug stood down as Chairman in February, but will remain a Trustee. 


Over 80 people attended the event held at Creative Waikato.  Members of the Bryant extended family, former and present trustees and staff, dignitaries, consultants and contractors to the Trust, tenants, representatives from the University, some of our major grantee organisations and sister trusts, along with friends of Doug’s and the Trust, joined in recognising Doug’s outstanding contribution to the Trust and the wider community over the last decade.


Vic Arcus succeeds his father, Doug, as Chair and in so doing, becomes the fourth generation Bryant (third generation Arcus) to lead the family foundation. 


  Flowers presented to Ruth from son, Vic

                                            Arcus Family


              Dani (Artist), Ruth & Doug-Artwork gift


  Doug & his sisters, Diane (L) and Janet (R)


                   String Quartet Entertainment



                  Artwork presentation with Trustees


           Speech by Norman Kingsbury


                            Doug Arcus' Speech


                  'Ten Guitars' Item by Lindsay & Nella

        Alistair (Trustee) & Alison McBride


                      Doug Arcus and daughter Jo,

             with MP's Tim Macindoe and David Bennett


            Nan (Trustee), Susan, Lynne (Trustee)

                 and Janet (Doug's sister)


            Present & Past Trust Staff

   L-R - Karlene, Lynne, Lindsay & Andrea


                  Andrea (Trust's former PA) & Doug


           Present & Past Retreat Staff ladies with

              Trust's Builder, Graham Walker

         L-R - Barbara, Robyn, Graham, Nella & Lenore 


                Trust's Consultants


            Alison McBride, Julie & Malcolm Macdonald, 

                John Gallagher & Gordon Chesterman


              University Residential Management Staff



Monday 21st September 2015:



On Monday 21st September we officially welcomed Robyn Riddle to the Bryant Retreat for Women in Raglan as the new Manager:


Robyn is pictured here on the right with Barbara Brown, who retired in August 2015 after nearly 20 years with the Trust. 




Congratulations to Smart Waikato on the great work they are doing for the youth, employers and educators of the Waikato. 

Smart Waikato Trust was formed in 2009 to create better linkages between education and the workplace.  Stakeholders include Waikato secondary schools, youth, tertiary institutions and employers.  To find out more about the good work Smart Waikato are doing visit their website:

The DV Bryant Trust is happy to announce they have just extended their partnership with the Smart Waikato Trust from two to three years.



Pictured:  David Hood - Smart Waikato member, Lindsay Cumberpatch - DV Bryant Trust CEO, Mary Jensen - Smart Waikato CEO and Roger Evans - Smart Waikato Chair.



On Thursday 27th November 2014 we gathered with 12 of the 13 organisations that were granted $10,000 or more in the last financial year.  This was a chance for us to better understand the work each organisation does but more importantly an opportunity for each of the following organisations to network and share their knowledge:

Anglican Action, Birthright Waikato, Hikumutu Charitable Trust, Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust Waikato, Reclaiming Another Woman (RAW), Smart Waikato, Te Kohao Health, Te Rongopai Community Centre, Te Whakaruruhau Women's Refuge & Family Services, Tokoroa Budget Advisory Service, Waikato Environment Centre and Zeal.


Bryant Retreat for Women Celebrates 50 Years

For 50 years women throughout the Waikato have been able to open the door to the space and time the need to get back to their best, the Chairman of the Board hosted afternoon tea on Saturday 6th September to celebtrate this wonderful milestone: