Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Communities benefit from Auckland council’s funding of regional arts and sports events

Communities benefit from Auckland council’s funding of regional arts and sports events
February 24, 2020

In recognising the value of arts and sports events to communiities, Auckland Council has recently approved 16 applications totalling $197,500 in grant allocations for the 2019/2020 Regional Event Fund.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff noted the events funded by the council help make the Auckland community an interesting and vibrant place to live adding “Arts, sporting and cultural events bring communities together and make our city a great place to be in.”

Auckland Council’s Parks, Events, Community and Arts (PACE) Committee Chair Councillor Alf Filipaina, was particularly pleased with the broad scope of events approved for funding this round and advised “we have taken a coordinated approach to the provision of funding for these events. Of the 16 events we have funded, eight are sports-related and eight relate to arts and culture. There is a great mix of events coming up in our city.

“Our focus for events is connecting; people to each other and to places. Funding for regional events is important to support Aucklanders to connect with each other and to their local places through a range of sporting, cultural and arts opportunities. The people of Tāmaki Makaurau are blessed with the provision of great community-led events all year, and I am pleased to say, this round of events will be no exception.”

When assessing the applications for regional event funding, consideration was given to things like the event budget, plans, organiser experience, accessibility, previous event outcomes, and whether the event connected with key Auckland occasions such as Matariki, or Auckland Anniversary weekend and whether the applicant had received significant other funding from council for the same event.

Interim Manager, He Oranga Poutama ki Tāmaki Makaurau Karla Matua says that receiving funding for the Iwi of Origin event means the organisation is now able to host an event that brings whānau, hāpu, iwi together to represent their collective whakapapa through sport and recreation.

Matua adds “The Iwi of Origin event is important because it brings Māori living in urban Auckland together to participate, celebrant and reconnect with their whakapapa and wider whanau.

“Receiving council funding for our event allows us to collaborate with Māori sport organisations and to resource the event to a level that serves the Māori community throughout Tāmaki Makurau.”

Rod Will, Director of the InterACT Disability Arts Festival stressed the importance of the festival as giving recognition to the 20% of the population who identify as being disabled noting "the Disability Arts Festival event is important because participants are known for what they can do, not what they can not; their skills are showcased in a way that presents them in a valuing manner, and they are further supported with hands-on opportunities and structured workshops.

"If we did not receive council funding the momentum the InterACT Festival has for schools, community services and disabled people to produce artwork and develop and rehearse their performances in dance, drama and music for audiences would be lost. This funding means that Interacting Disability Theatre can continue to deliver the largest disability and community arts festival in Aotearoa, now in the tenth year at the Corban Estate Arts Centre."

Image top: Luke Fraser from Te Atatu onstage at InterACT 2019. Courtesy of Rod Wills, Interacting Disability Theatre; and image above Iwi of Origin.

Related Articles

3rd February 2020 - Pride Festival highlights Auckland Council’s support for an inclusive future

17th January 2020 - New Zealand’s biggest stair climb returns to Auckland Eden Park

9th January 2020 - Auckland enjoying massive summer of concerts and events

7th January 2020 - Auckland Museum launches VR Antarctic Experience

20th December 2019 - Aktive hosts inaugural Women’s Networking Event for Auckland sport and recreation sector

6th December 2019 - 2020 to see launch of LiveFit Health and Fitness Festival in Auckland

21st November 2019 - New Zealand Rugby and Aktive extend Auckland partnership

19th November 2019 - Redeveloped Clarice Place playground officially opens in Auckland

17th November 2019 - Auckland Council secures awards for parks and playgrounds excellence

7th November 2019 - Construction begins on Auckland’s All Blacks Experience attraction

6th November 2019 - Regional Facilities Auckland urges U2 fans to go green

30th October 2019 - Auckland’s Eden Park looks to concert market as revenue generator

18th September 2019 - Aktive brings Auckland mayoral candidates together to debate sport and recreation matters

14th September 2019 - Auckland Council reviews Safeswim programme


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

PathMinder

PathMinder Pty Ltd have partnered with AllUser Industries srl to bring Europe’s most advanced high security portals to the Australian and New Zealand markets. AllUser Industries started to…

read more

Access / Fitness / Recreation / Security

 
 

BODY BIKE AUSTRALIA

BODY BIKE® International is a leading manufacturer of indoor bikes with a 20-year track record of creating the best indoor bikes. Stay connected with Body Bike Australia…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

AlphaFit

AUSTRALIAN MADE. BUILT NOT BOUGHT. AlphaFit is a 100% Australian owned family company manufacturing gear specifically for the strength and conditioning, functional fitness and high-performance…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Jonas Leisure

JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Fitness / Recreation / Sport

 
 

Abel Sports

INTRODUCTION Abel Sports is Australia’s leading manufacturer and suppliers of Goal Posts, sports ground safety netting systems and coaches boxes for Stadiums ,Sports Clubs, Councils and…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

TECHNOGYM AUSTRALIA

Technogym is the leading company in the Wellness and Fitness field all over the world. With 2,200 employees, 14 branches in Europe, U.S., South America, Asia  and Australia, Technogym exports its…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

iDwala Pty Ltd

iDwala is the Community Sports Surface Specialist offering the highest quality designs and technical expertise to Councils, Schools and Sporting Clubs looking to create sporting…

read more

Consultants / Design / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces

 
 

The Jump Pad

The Jump Pad is a safe, flat inflatable made in a variety of sizes which can be used indoor or outdoor. From 3mx3m up to a whopping 9mx21m. Markets include Indoor and outdoor playgrounds, schools,…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Play

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business