Most years, the Friends’ Committee aims to undertake a project that will benefit the Hocken Collections directly or indirectly.

Since 2016 the major focus has been on funding and supporting the Friends of the Hocken Collections Award. So far this has resulted in the publication of To The Mountains: A Collection of New Zealand Alpine Writing, and the current writing of Mirrors on the Land about New Zealand’s lakes, by Jonathan West.

Up until 2016 projects that were funded included: