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Wellington spends $311,000 for diversity, creativity and vibrancy

Press Release – Wellington City Council
The environment is the big winner in the latest Council funding round. The council’s Grants Subcommittee has allocated funds to recipients reflecting the diversity, creativity and vibrancy of the capital – and many projects that don’t cost the earth.

This round saw 49 organisations allocated $311,643 through the Arts and Culture, Social and Recreation, Natural Environment, and Waste Minimisation Seed Funds.

There were a wide variety and diverse range of recipients for this round, but investing in the future of the planet was a common theme with predator control, regeneration programmes, composting hubs, plastic reduction and waste diversion just a sample of the projects allocated funds.

Grants Subcommittee Chair, Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons, says the applicants represent a raft of communities from around the capital.

“It’s wonderful to see the diversity of projects receiving funding – it really paints a picture of what our city is all about now. There are grants for everything from Gender Minorities Aotearoa, the Take 10 youth safe zone, Kaicycle Urban Farm, to Menzshed and Leisure Marchers in Tawa, for Youthline, and programmes and activities which build connections and community.

“I’m also pleased to see Wellington Round the Bays is also receiving a significant amount as they look at reusable options, and do more each year to reduce waste and its impact on the environment.”

Sport Wellington Round the Bays will get $17,993 from the Waste Minimisation Seed Fund for an initiative to reduce plastic waste via reduce/reuse, and encouraging community action and behaviour. Part of this includes removing the provision of plastic bottles from the finish line, and having Globelet reusable cups at hydration stations.

Major grants include:

• The Sound and Light Exploration Society for their concerts at the Pyramid Club space on Taranaki Street ($9,300)

• Arohanui Strings – Support for two terms of youth music training for children in Mt Cook and Holy Cross schools ($12,440)

• Gender Minorities Aotearoa – for community, education and support provided through The Gender Centre and Aunty Dana’s ($30,000)

• Kaicycle Inc. – Kaicycle Urban Farm support for busy urban farm working from their base in Newtown, connecting community with nature and a range of food systems projects ($25,000)

• Vulnerable Support Charitable – contribution to operational costs of training and coordination for the weekly Saturday night Take 10 safe zone in Courtenay Place ($20,000)

• Youthline Wellington Incorporated – Support for their education programme and services for young people ($15,000)

• Papa Taiao – Support for local student enterprises that use waste using a circular economy model to create products to reduce waste ($10,000)

• Sustainability Trust – A pilot of Community Composting Hubs in the city ($15,262)

For more information and all recipients please visit the respective funding sections on our website: Arts and Culture, Social & Recreation Fund, Natural Environment Fund , and Waste Minimisation Seed Fund for links to recent and past allocations.

Applications are open again for community arts projects with a focus on youth, closing at the end of February and March – all the dates are on Council’s funding calendar.

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  1. Manny, 9. December 2019, 11:21

    Reusable cups for Round the Bays is a very bad idea. Far better to have biodegradable (starch) one-use cups and this would not cost ratepayers $18,000! Having a bin and volunteers to recycle plastic bottles at the end of the event would also not cost so much.
    There’s some good and some bad spending of our money here. The worst is where $30,000 went to “gender minorities” education to encourage young people to fully identify with a gender.

  2. michael, 9. December 2019, 21:19

    They could start by taking the dreadful $75,000 hand sculpture down in the Civic Square – it looks like something unmentionable in public from the side and back. Canterbury must have been laughing all the way to the bank when they got rid of it, just as Auckland must have been when Auckland sold GWRC the 2nd hand buses.

  3. Alan, 10. December 2019, 8:58

    Michael. Auckland didn’t sell the GWRC any buses. NZ Bus transferred some of their stock to Wellington to fill the gap when the trolleybuses were withdrawn.
    $30,000 to “gender minorities”… whatever next.

  4. Marion Leader, 10. December 2019, 9:55

    The bus transfer by NZBus was a marvellous opportunity to get rid of their oldest and smelliest. Why did the Council let them do this?
    Does the contract let them get away with any rip-off they like?

  5. michael, 10. December 2019, 11:45

    It’s all about money . . . no thought for people and environment. No consideration of increase in health issues and noise.

  6. Keith Flinders, 10. December 2019, 12:37

    Marion: The PTOM allows for existing contractors to be awarded by right a percentage of the routes they previously had, and to use their existing fleets. The GWRC and other authorities are required to work with existing legislation which the Labour/coalition government has promised to change but hasn’t moved to do so yet.

    There was zero consideration of the environmental impact of removing the trolley buses, whereas the GWRC should have been doing so as they are charged with protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of their ratepayers and citizens.

    Actually NZ Bus had even older buses they could have inflicted on Wellington, some running in the Hutt Valley, but any built to Euro 2 and lesser standards had to be off the road by the end of 2018 and that appears to be the case. A list of the NZ Bus Bus fleet as it was earlier 2019 is here. Only Euro 3 and later buses now ply the Wellington routes