News | 13 April 2017

Capital communities benefit from Council grants

Wellington City Council has been busy allocating grants for organisations and community groups all over the capital – supporting initiatives to encourage creativity, develop cultural projects, and celebrate diversity and innovation.


The Creative Communities Funding Scheme has recently allocated over $65,000 to 29 projects, and the Committee’s Chair, Mayor Justin Lester, says it reflects the range of arts available in Wellington.

“This round’s group of recipients represent a great variety of art forms, which all contribute to the creative make-up of arts and culture in Wellington,” says the Mayor.

“Our reputation as the capital of culture, and a creative hub and destination, benefits both residents and visitors alike. These funded projects will give young and emerging artists the chance to try new things out, and showcase the capital now – and in the future.”

The Creative Communities Funding Scheme is a partnership between councils and Creative New Zealand. One of this round’s recipients is StarJam’s programme for children and young people with disabilities in Wellington.

“Support of StarJam’s programmes is an investment in our youth and their ‘potential’ and ensuring the performing arts are more accessible to young people with disabilities who might not otherwise get to participate,” says StarJam CEO Mary Ansell.

“We feel honoured and proud to share milestones with our special young people and celebrate their successes along the way, and are delighted that Wellington City Council’s Creative Communities funding committee believes in our vision and mission.”

The Tawa Community Board Grants subcommittee also approved funding for projects in the area.

Margaret Lucas, Chair of the Tawa Community Board Grants subcommittee, says these annual grants will go a long way to providing financial support to a number of community initiatives in Tawa.

“Our focus this year was in assisting local groups in making a difference for children, young people and whanau – developing resilience in our community.”

The recipients of the two grant allocations are as follows:

Creative Communities Funding Scheme

Applicant: Support for: Amount granted
Asian Events Trust
Enter the Dragon – up-skilling Wellington youth in the traditional Chinese art of dragon dancing, contribution to artist fees and venue hire.
Christine Richardson
Sing for MS 2017, a community sing-along for people with Multiple Sclerosis and their support community on World MS Day 2017
Connected Media Charitable Trust

The Outlook for Someday Free One-day Film-making Workshop in Wellington

Crows Feet Dance Collective
C is for Climate Change, a dance project that explores the impact of climate change on our local communities, our nation and the southern hemisphere


Devon Nuku
The Tragedy of Doctor Faustus, new adaption of the original play set in 1920's era, presented at BATS


Everybody Cool Lives Here Trust Board
Big Break, a two day series of workshops bringing young people with intellectual disabilities together with emerging artists from the Wellington theatre / inter-arts community


Kahurangi Friends Inc

Strathmore Park Summer Events 2018,  two family-friendly free events


Kathleen Winter

Minimum, a short-form experimental documentary, focusing on the stories of three women working minimum wage jobs in Aotearoa


Make Music Aotearoa Ltd

Young Music Workshop, making music education in contemporary hip hop accessible to young people; includes DJ-ing, turntables and MC-ing


Multicultural Council Wellington Inc

Race Relations Day, creating collaboration amongst wider ethnic communities in Wellington


New Zealand Deaf Film Inc

New Zealand Deaf Film Festival and short film competition 2017, contribution towards co-ordination


New Zealand Improvisation Trust

New Zealand Improv Festival 2017

Ngaio Kohanga Reo Trust

Creating a waharoa (entrance) for Te Kohanga Reo o Ngaio, carving and painted mural


Nota Bene

Kindred Spirits,  a choral concert tribute to Jack Body and Benjamin Britten


Odd Socks Productions

Film premiere of 'Tama'  made in collaboration with deaf and hearing filmmakers in Wellington, Tama is about a young Maori deaf boy who wants to perform the Haka


Old Hall Gigs

Old Hall Gigs, concerts at various venues in Wellington creating opportunities for 20 local artists and performers


Pablos Art Studios Incorporated
Series of art workshops for 120 Pablos artists and an exhibition


Rachel Silver
Picking Up The Pieces - a series mosaic making workshops involving the local community using broken ceramics crockery damaged in the November 2016 Earthquake


StarJam Charitable Trust

StarJam Wellington CoolJam Workshops: Making Stars!  Dance and guitar workshops open and available to all young people with a disability


Stroma New Music Trust
Tatai Whetū - Taonga Pūoro workshop (traditional Māori musical instruments)


Susan (Jiaxin) Zou

Photo Exhibition and Seminar - showcasing Japanese Immigrants' Experiences in New Zealand


Te Whare Rokiroki (Maori Women's Refuge)

WAI: Women's Arts Initiative: One Million Stars to End Violence Project


The New Zealand Archive of Film, Television and Sound Nga Taonga Whitiahua Me Nga Taonga Korero

Siapo Cinema 2017, week-long festival of film and moving image works about Pasifika people and their cultures, contribution towards expenses for; an evening with Kava Club; an evening with Chop Suey Hui; and an education programme


The Zimbelstern Foundation
Pipe-organ concert, promoting organ music


Tu Tangata Komiti Wellington

Tu Tangata Wellington Secondary Schools PolyFest 2017 Drumming Workshops


Vincents' Art Workshop Inc
Production of Annual Group Exhibition


Wellington Durgotsav Committee

Durgapuja Festival 2017, cultural festival of Bengali people


Wellington Irish Dance Trust Board

Capital City Feis (Wellington Irish Dance Festival)


Zeal Education Trust
Releasing the creative potential of Wellington's young people, workshops for young people exploring a range of art forms

Total    $66,318

Tawa Community Board Grants 

Organisation: Support: Amount grant:
Hampton Hill School Contribution to new sun shade for sandpit in play area


He Whanau Manaaki o Tararua Free Kindergarten Association Incorporated

Contribution to Brian Webb Kindergarten wet play equipment


Kiwi Community Assistance Charitable Trust

Food safety equipment to support safe distribution of donated food


Linden Primary School

Contribution to the new Linden School Fit Trail


Sri Lanka Association of New Zealand (SLANZ) Inc.

Community arts project providing training in traditional folk music and arts


Supergrans Charitable Trust

Support for Supergrans volunteer work with Tawa families


Tawa Central Kindergarten - He Whaau Manaaki O Tararua Free Kindergarten Assoc Inc

Contribution to camera/s for use by staff and children

Tawa College

Health, wellbeing and mental health seminars organised by parent community


Tawa Community Light Party

Contribution to popular annual light party event


Tawa Community Patrol Charitable Trust

Operating expenses for patrol car


Tawa Historical Society Incorporated

Tawa Memorial plaques


Tawa Progressive & Ratepayers Association Inc.

Spring into Tawa 2017 annual event


Tawa Rugby Football Club

Contribution to training for volunteer coaches


Tawa School

Contribution to cost of chairs for community and school use


Tawa Youth and Families Trust Board

Support for 24-7 youth workers based at Tawa College


The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society Inc.

Parent education courses and support in Tawa


Total   $15,000