Funding boost for Waipā events
Waipā District Council has announced a $70,000 funding boost to support local events and stimulate spending in the district.
Council has injected $50,000 into the District Promotion Fund, bringing the total funding available to $200,000 for events that promote and benefit Waipā.
The Community Event Fund has received a top up of $20,000, increasing the fund to $50,000. The fund is available for grassroots events that build and celebrate community pride.
Waipā mayor Jim Mylchreest said the extra funding is a major win for event organisers and would help to bolster the local economy as it recovers from Covid-19.
“With New Zealanders eager to buy local and explore their own backyard, now is our chance to shine as a domestic tourist destination.”
Mylchreest said Waipā boasted a range of outstanding locations to host word-class events.
“From the Avantidrome and Lake Karāpiro to the Livingstone Aquatic Centre and the Equestrian Park in Kihikihi, Waipā offers a range of incredible facilities.
“It’s vital we support multi-day events where people stay for a few days and make the most of our incredible district, accommodation, boutique shops and cafes. For example, Waka Ama Championships 2020 created a 79 per cent increase in spending at accommodation and hospitality.”
Mylchreest said Council would look at fast-tracking the funding application process for those who had events planned for August, September and October this year.
Council would also continue to offer planning advice, event equipment and the use of the self-help toolkit on www.whatsonwaipa.co.nz.
Application forms are available to download at www.waipadc.govt.nz/funding. Application forms can be emailed to email@example.com or dropped off at Council offices before the funding round closes on Friday 17 July 2020.