In 1997 the Eastern & Central Community Trust (ECCT) committed to financially support the development of a New Zealand based reading programme. This led to the establishment of the Eastern and Central Reading Encouragement and Development Network (E.C.READ’N) and the annual Summer Reading Programme. This is a family orientated, incentive based reading programme for children from pre-school to intermediate.
In subsequent years the Summer Reading Programme has been augmented by the development of iRead for intermediate aged children and Winter Warmers. All programmes are offered free to children in the Eastern and Central region, thanks to the ongoing support of the Eastern & Central Community Trust.