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I thank the editor for your insights into our brand launch in yesterday’s editorial. Your title is on point — this has been much more than a rebranding exercise.One thing I would like to give further clarity to is where you imply we have reduced our investment target from up to $120 million by 2025 as announced earlier this year to $100m at the brand launch. The simple explanation is that we have already been working towards that target since the initial announcement.There have been many distributions under our Takitoru Communities team including $5m to the new airport terminal, $1.6m to the warmer homes initiative and over $200,000 to Gizzy Kai Rescue. There have also been many more distributions to over 40 additional community organisations during this period.Trust Tairawhiti has also made significant investments into projects aligned with our Takihoko Business team and Takitapuwae Tourism team since we announced the $120m figure. This includes continued investment into the Prime Wood Cluster Centre of Excellence.Following yesterday’s insert that had a two-page spread outlining distributions and investments by Trust Tairawhiti in the past six months, we will continue to publish a summary every two months so we are transparent with our communities.We will also continue to engage our region with “Konohi ki te konohi? What matters to you?”I encourage everyone to take the trust’s online survey at www.trusttairawhiti.nz and let us know the factors that have the biggest impact on your wellbeing. This will allow us to make distributions and investments in line with with the priorities of our communities.Tatau TatauGavin MurphyCEO Trust Tairawhiti