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Congratulations to Community Board grant recipients

12 October 2017

All our Community Boards have allocated their grants, which are intended to support not-for-profit organisations which have a positive impact on the community.

Some of the recipients include museums, community gardens, Scouting groups, RSAs, schools, kindergartens and sports clubs.

Mercury Bay

  • Off Beat Theatre company $2250 for the installation and purchase of black-out curtains.
  • The Parenting Place $400 for its "Delivery of Attitude," presentations at the Mercury Bay Area School.
  • Mercury Bay Business Association $2000 for Christmas lights for the town centre.
  • Whitianga Scouts $6000 for architect fees for its new den. This is because they have raised $114k themselves but needed an additional $6k to apply for other external funding.
  • Mercury Bay Community Support Trust $3000 for its day camp set-up costs.
  • Whitianga Half Marathon $2500 for set-up costs.
  • Mercury Bay Seaside Carnival $560 for set-up costs.
  • Matarangi Ratepayers Association $1000 for promotion and prizes for its summer carnival.

$17,710 was allocated out of the Board's $20,000 community grants and $20,000 events funds.

Grants to be provided from the Cultural & Heritage Fund:

  • Mercury Bay Museum Trust $3000 for the upgrade of its Dairy Factory exhibition.
  • Kotare Reserve Memorial Garden Trust $1500 to help towards build an entrance wall, historical wall and the first memorial wall along with initial planting and landscaping.

The full list of groups which applied for grants can be found here.


  • Pauanui Surf Lifesaving Club Inc. $300 for a new Mercury Engine Stand to transport equipment.
  • Tairua Pauanui Community Promotions. $8k toward New Years' Eve fireworks display.
  • Tairua Care & Friendship Club Inc. $1k towards venue rental.
  • Pauanui Sports & Recreation Club Inc.    $8k towards running its Summer Series. (Traffic management, health and safety etc.
  • Walk Tairua Society Inc. $1500 for signage for the Pepe walkway and pedestrian refuges from golf balls for health and safety purposes.
  • Coromandel Peninsula Coastal Walkways Soc. Inc. $1k towards materials for maintenance of existing and new tracks to DOC and TCDC standards in the Tairua and Pauanui area only.
  • Tairua Wet N Wild. $2,320, towards permits, health and safety and insurance costs for its event.
  • Pauanui Community Menz Shed Inc. $2k towards its Parachute Drop event, helping with surveyors costs.
  • Tairua Information Centre. $1200 for vehicle recognition camera software support, alerts and reporting costs, Pauanui Neighbourhood watch and support group. $1864, towards vehicle recognition cameras, insurance, software support, alerts and reporting costs.
  • Tairua Information & Community Services Inc. $3500 towards its Summer Event Programme Event.
  • Tairua Elim Church Trust. $1k towards its annual Light Party - alternative family event to Halloween.
  • Pauanui Community Office. $116 towards pest control bait.
  • Pauanui Business Association - Experience Pauanui. $2500 towards managing its Paradise Coast Brand - toolbox to businesses and promotion.
  • Tairua Troubadours. $1200 for Tairua Hall hire.
  • City Surf Series Ltd - Pauanui SUP (Stand Up Board) Surf Race. $1500 towards event expenses.

The Board allocated all of its $37,000 grants fund. The full list of groups which applied for grants is here.


  • Onemana Surf Life Saving Club, $1,000 for purchase of digital radios.
  • Whangamata Scout Group $403 for annual lease costs.
  • Whangamata Surf Life Saving club Inc. $1,000 for training equipment for Junior Surf Lifesaving.
  • Ella Williams Trust. $2,000 for surfing equipment.
  • All Saints Community Church. $600 for Christmas Eve "Carols in the Park' community event.
  • Whangamata Community Services Trust. $5,000 for Stock cars for youth focused initiative.
  • Onemana Ratepayers Association,. $500 for seating for meeting  room.
  • Onemana Ratepayers Association. $3,000 to replace of community notice board.      
  • Whangamata Croquet Club Inc. $1,000 for lawn maintenance costs.
  • Whangamata Lions Club Inc. $2,000 for the annual Christmas tree forest and Santas Grotto.
  • Parenting Place, $300 for Attitude Youth Division. Youth drug and alcohol education programme booklets.
  • Royal NZ Returned & Services. $2,000 for Le Quesnoy Battle Pins.
  • Whangamata Community Swimming Pool.  $1,500 for Supply and installation of finger directional signs.
  • Whangamata Lions Club Inc. $3,045 for traffic Managements Costs for Run Walk Festival.

The Board retained $6,652 of its $30,000 fund for allocation later in the financial year. The full list of groups which applied for grants can be found here.


  • Thames Community Centre: $1,200. To assist 20 people to get their driver's licence.
  • Ngati Maru Runanga: $2,300. To assist with the cost of running weekly wananga to teach Hauraki Waiata and Reo.
  • Te Puru School: $5,000. To create a garden at the school for recreation and play for students and community.
  • Order of St John: $600. To cover costs for two free workshops focusing on sports first aid.
  • Friends of Te Whanganui A Hei Marine Reserve Trust: $1,200. For the delivery cost to provide the Experiencing Marine Reserve programme for a school in the District.
  • Bright Smile Community Garden: $950. To purchase tools and equipment.
  • Thames Coast Community Kindergarten: $3,000. To pay for building consent fees for extending existing building and installing a new kitchen, staff toilet and storage areas.
  • *The Coromandel Heritage Trust: $3,000. To part fund a project to catalogue and present the collection of A&G Price Foundry records.
  • *Thames Museum Society: $6,000. To mount an exhibition to preserve the stories of A&G Price Foundry.

*These two grants are conditional upon the two groups working together to catalogue/preserve and present these records.

The full list of groups which applied for grants is here.

The Board retained $1,750 of its $25,000 grants fund to allocate later in the 2017-18 financial year.

Thames Community Board events grants

  • Thames Christmas Wonderland: $5,000. For their Christmas event at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre.
  • Thames Music Group: $900. Friday midday concerts.

The full list of groups which applied for grants is here.

The Board retained $9,100 of its $15,000 events fund to allocate later in the 2017-18 financial year.


  • Coromandel Community Organic Garden: $1,200. Bio-intensive workshop & garden materials.
  • Coromandel Independent Living Trust: $1,827.59. Travel costs to support Kiwi Can programme being delivered in Colville and purchase of a speaker.
  • Coromandel RSA: $2,500. Hosting of RSA services and provision of safe and watertight storage facilities.
  • Coromandel Flying Club: $400. To purchase a trail camera.
  • Parenting Place - Attitude Youth Division: $403.20. To deliver three Attitude presentations and provide handbooks to CAS Year 10 Students.
  • Coromandel Netball Centre: $500. To purchase netball equipment for both junior and senior netball in Coromandel.
  • Coromandel Community Preschool: $2,000. To purchase a teepee to assist with the development of an outside programme.
  • Adventure Racing Coromandel: $2,256. To purchase equipment to assist with track clearing for events.
  • Coromandel Players: $700. To install stairs to the attic in the theatre.

The Board retained $1,713.21 of its $13,500 fund to allocate later in the 2017-18 financial year.

Grant to be provided from the Cultural & Heritage Fund:

  • School of Mines & Historical Society: $632.45. To purchase copies of photographs and digital equipment to provide records specific to Coromandel.

The full list of groups which applied for grants is here.

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