Tanglewood Foundation was created to provide funding for various conservation & education projects around the world. It all started in the early days when Peter Eastwood fell in love with Africa through reading Wilbur Smith books as a teenager. A very passionate Hurricanes and All Blacks supporter, with a desire to make a positive impact on Conservation issues, it was inevitable that once he sold his business he would split his time between New Zealand and South Africa.
Peter first became involved with helping to save the Rhino. Through his frequent travel, Peter learnt about the poaching of the rhino and the threat of extinction they were under. Seeing the rhino being killed for their horn shocked and horrified him. He knew he had to do something to help.
Both personally, and through his companies charitable Trust, he helped to raise funds for projects in Southern Africa, primarily aimed at combating Rhino poaching. Often for these projects to be successful, funds needed to be available at short notice. It was also very important to Peter that all funds raised were distributed in the most value effective ways possible, with absolutely no administration costs taken out of the donations. All projects were hand-picked by experts in their fields and visited regularly to update on progress.
Tanglewood Foundation also supports projects back home in Aotearoa. Firstly, Peter helped KASM towards funding the successful appeal against the proposed Seabed Mining along the West Coast. Tanglewood Foundation is also funding the building of a new Educational Facility at the bird sanctuary, Zealandia in Wellington, and recently helped fund the Earth Building Associations Building Regulations assisting New Zealanders to build legal Earth Buildings.
Peter also partnered up with his daughter Stacey to start Tanglewood Retreat, an eco-retreat and events centre just outside of Auckland that plants a native tree for every booking made.