The Dan Davin Literary Foundation follows the Davin tradition of supporting and promoting Southland writing and writers.
In 1994, the Dan Davin bust was purchased by the Trust Bank Community Trust Inc. (now the Community Trust of Southland).
The 1983 sculpture was created by Anthony Stones.
The Dan Davin Literary Foundation supports and promotes creative writing in Southland. The inaugural Dan Davin Festival attracted talented local writers, and discovered a wealth of emerging writing talent.
Adults compete for the Dan Davin Award which alternates each year between poetry and short story. Students compete annually for the Junior and U19/Senior student Short Story Literary Awards.