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Tauranga Western Bay events receive a $223,000 funding injection

STEMFest 2022, photo credit: STEMFest

The latest round of the Tauranga Western Bay Community Event Fund (TWBCEF) has resulted in 18 applications receiving a combined total of $223,000.

The fund aims to provide a coordinated approach to supporting community events in the region. Offering a streamlined process for applicants to one centralised fund, also allowing access to new and additional funding not previously available to the community.

The fund has up to six funding rounds each year, and $223,000 of the $900,000 annual funding pool for 2023 / 2024 was allocated during round one.

The 26 events granted funding are spread throughout 2023, with three early in 2024, and are all community-driven events that aim to enrich the Tauranga and Western Bay communities through active participation and inclusion. 

“We’re thrilled to see such a wide variety of events gain funding from the latest round of the Tauranga Western Bay Community Events Fund,” says Alastair Rhodes of BayTrust.

“The funding boost of $200,000 to the event fund for this year means we can support more community-led activations that allow local groups to showcase their events and ensure we support events across all areas from sports to arts and culture.”

Funding recipient’s events:

-          Matariki Star Lantern Workshop held from 6 to 7 July 2023 at The Arts Junction, Katikati

-          Matariki Dawn Service held 14 July 2023 at Park Road Reserve, Katikati

-          Te Kete Matariki held 14 July 2023 at Jubilee Park, Te Puke

-          Hairy Maclary's Greatest Hits held 29 July 2023 at Baycourt: Addison Theatre, Tauranga

-          TOF Sunday Concert held 30 July 2023 at The Jam Factory, Historic Village, Tauranga

-          LGBTQIA+ friendly Mid-winter Roller Disco coming 12 August 2023 at Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre, Tauranga

-          Rhymes & Lyrics coming 25 August 2023 at Totara Street, Mt Maunganui

-          Chinese Music Concert coming 26 August 2023 at Bethlehem College, Bethlehem

-          Aaravam coming 26 August 2023 at Te Puna Hall, Te Puna

-          Zespri AIMS Games coming from 2 to 8 September 2023 at multiple locations within Tauranga

-          TOF Scholarship Concert coming 9 September 2023 at Wesley Church, Tauranga

-          September YPT Concert coming 16 September 2023 at Wesley Church, Tauranga

-          Te Puke Sustainability Expo and Spring Clean coming 17 September 2023 at Te Puke War Memorial Hall, downtown Te Puke streets, parks, and parking areas

-          Stem Fest coming 1 October 2023 at Durham Street, Tauranga

-          Mozart and More coming 14 October 2023 at Baycourt: Addison Theatre, Tauranga

-          Tauranga Diwali Festival coming 28 October 2023 at Historic Village, Tauranga

-          EPIC Te Puke Treat Trail coming 31 October 2023 in downtown Te Puke

-          Katikati Upcycle Christmas Tree Competition coming from 30 November to 21 December 2023 outside The Arts Junction, Katikati

-          Katikati Christmas Concert coming 2 December 2023 at Moore Park, Katikati

-          Anzac Bay Summer Kick Off coming 2 December 2023 at ANZAC Bay, Bowentown

-          Seeka Te Puke Christmas Float Parade coming 2 December 2023 in downtown Te Puke

-          NZ Beach 5s Rugby coming from 2 to 3 December 2023 at Mount Maunganui Beach

-          Katikati Christmas Grotto coming from 15 to 28 December 2023 at The Arts Junction, Katikati

-          Mount Festival of Multisport coming 20 January 2024 at Pilot Bay, Mt Maunganui

-          Ultimate Beach Run coming 3 February 2024 at Mount Main Beach, Mt Maunganui

-          EPIC Te Puke Easter Trail Event coming 30 March 2024 at Jubilee Park and Te Ara Kahikatea Trail, Te Puke

Applications for round two of the TWBCEF are now open through

Fund organisers, Acorn Foundation, BayTrust, Tauranga City Council, TECT and Western Bay of Plenty District Council are inviting new community event applications to be submitted before the 20 August cut-off date. Decisions for round two of the fund will be released by 20 September 2023.

The maximum funding cap per event is $50,000 for events in Tauranga and $15,000 for Western Bay of Plenty events.