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17 September 2021

More than $200,000 in Community Wellbeing and Events Grants have been allocated by Masterton District Council.

A total of $123,300 in Community Wellbeing Grants and $82,400 in Community Events grants were approved by the full council at its meeting this week after recommendations by the Council’s Awards and Grants Committee.

Committee Chair Cr Gary Caffell praised the work being done in the community.

“There is a huge amount of great work being done, often by volunteers,” he said.

“In the current environment, as we deal with the impact of COVID-19 measures, this is particularly important.

“We had a lot of tough decisions to make. As usual, the money available was well below what was being requested, and those who presented did a magnificent job making their case. This job is very rewarding for committee members but it’s not easy, that’s for sure.”

The grants awarded are:

Community Wellbeing Grants – total $123,300

Access Radio Wairarapa Charitable Trust – $1,500: Funding for operating expenses with the aim to increase output in te reo Māori, foster programmes by students living with disabilities working with King Street Artworks, developing automated systems, and identifying with more groups who may not be aware of the facilities.

Eastside Community Group – $4,300: Funding to replace the defibrillator, which is no longer fit for purpose, with the Wellington Free Ambulance recommended the LifePak CR2 AED unit which is compatible with the monitor/defibrillator equipment in their ambulances.

Every Body Is A Treasure Charitable Trust – $3,000: Funding to bring “Visual Poetry Jam” to Masterton to teach youth how to use devices as creative tools, teaching creative changemaking by shifting and reinforcing creative inspired mindsets instead of devices to consume content, working with three schools selecting their top 10 visual artists for a day-long workshop.

Henley Mens Shed Incorporated – $2,000: Funding to purchase a shipping container to be located next to the existing container to provide the storage of the World War One crosses, and the valuable machinery and materials donated by the community for community projects.

King Street Artworks Inc – $5,000: Funding to assist with operating costs and twilight art workshops to be held from 4-7pm every Monday.

Masterton District Brass Band – $5,000: Funding to expand the Learner Programme into Lakeview School.

Masterton Young Citizens Club Inc $5,000: Funding for the operating expenses of rates, electricity, insurance, and administration.

Moraka Menstrual Cups – $3,500: Funding to provide 150 menstrual cups to Masterton district organisations for distribution to those in need in the community.

Shear History Trust – $12,000: Funding towards the operational expenses of the wool shed tourist attraction which also houses the Jubilee Fire Engine Museum and Council’s steam roller in the Stewart-Weston gallery.

Shelter Masterton Incorporated – $15,000: Funding towards the shortfall of expenses for the 2021 year of running costs, personnel, repairs, and maintenance for the Project Manaaki complex.

SPCA (Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) – $5,000: Funding towards the operating expenses of the Animal Welfare Centre in Masterton and providing the Animal Welfare Inspectorate to the community.

Wairarapa Road Safety Council – $10,000: Funding to support the Wairarapa Community Driver Mentor Programme to address barriers for our rangatahi/youth to attain driver licences, become safe drivers and have a pathway to local employment.

YMCA Central Incorporated – $10,000: Funding for the Tu Motu Programme, a safe space for 50-60 Pasifika children and youth to engage in activities, learning, sharing and fun every Sunday, in collaboration with Tu Ora Compass Health.

Alzheimer’s Wairarapa Inc – $1,000: Funding towards operating expenses and the new Out and About Group.

Divine River NZ Trust – $1,500: Funding towards two SEWstainable workshops with King Street Artworks, the Wairarapa Women’s Centre and Connecting Communities Wairarapa.

Hospice Wairarapa Community Trust – $1,000: Funding for advertising costs to carry out a feedback survey in the community for those who have experienced palliative care provision.

House of Science Wairarapa Charitable Trust – $2,500: Funding for a Climate Change environmental kit and materials for primary and intermediate schools in the Wairarapa.

Kidz Need Dadz – $2,000: Funding towards meetings in Masterton, Dadzkare and towards parenting information for new dads.

Manuka Reserve Community – $3,000: Funding towards maintenance and improvements at Manuka Reserve, a native forest space for the community for walking, biking, or resting to enjoy nature and peace.

Masterton Community Toy Library – $1,800: Funding towards rent of new premises.

Mataikona Community Group – $2,500: Funding for improvements to the beachfront reserve for the community.

Mauriceville Kopuaranga Fair Association – $750: Funding towards the purchase of two-way radios for the annual community fairs held in December each year.

Order of St John – $2,500: Funding towards the health shuttles for the benefit of the Masterton community.

Oxford Street Community Garden – $1,550: Funding for the replacement of outdoor furniture and purchase of gardening equipment and materials for the community garden to increase crop rows and make compost.

People First NZ Incorporated – $2,500: Funding towards the operating expenses of the Masterton People First Group.

StarJam Charitable Trust – $2,000: Funding towards music and performance workshops for youth aged 6 – 25 years old with disabilities

Te Kura O Papatūānuku Wairarapa Earth School Charitable Trust – $2,600: Funding towards the Fruit Trees in School project to gift trees, plants and lessons to seven schools in the Masterton district.

Victim Support Wairarapa – $2,000 – Funding towards volunteer’s expenses.

Volunteering Wairarapa – $5,000: Funding towards operating expenses.

Wairarapa Citizens Advice Bureau Inc – $2,500: Funding towards operating expenses.

Wairarapa Search and Rescue – $3,500: Funding towards operating expenses.

Wairarapa Women’s Centre – $1,800: Funding towards volunteer recruitment and training.

Community Events grants – total $82,400

All Kiwi Sports Club Incorporated – $10,000: 35th NZ Cycle Classic

Douglas Villa Association Football Club Incorporated – $3,500:    2021 Junior Soccer Tournament

Eastside Community Group – $3,070: 2021 Spring Festival

Golden Shears International Shearing Championship Society Incorporated – $10,000: Golden Shears 2022

Masterton Motorplex Incorporated – $15,000: 2021 Drag Racing Season

Jane Ross – $8,500: Wairarapa Film Festival

Wairarapa Balloon Society Incorporated – $10,000: Wairarapa Balloon Festival

Wairarapa REAP – $3,145: Kapa Haka Festival 2021

Wairarapa Vintage Machinery Club Incorporated – $4,000: Wheels at Wairarapa

Minty Hunter and Rebekah Farr – $1,141: Wunder21 Remixed

Kidz Need Dadz Charitable Trust – $1,000: Wai Dadz Father’s Day Bowling and Men’s Health Check

Masterton Agricultural & Pastoral Association – $1,100: Fashion in the Field Equine Show

Matagi e fa Committee – $2,600: Matagi e fa Ethnic Food Festival

NZ Aerobatic Club Incorporated – $500: National Aerobatic Club Championships

Ram Rodders Wairarapa Incorporated – $2,550: NZ Hot Rod Association Street Rod Nationals

Riversdale Beach Ratepayers’ Association – $1,000: Summer of Fun

Tinui Horse Sports – $1,879: Tinui Horse Sports and Family Day Out

Wairarapa Maths Association – $600: 2021 Regional Maths Competition

Westside Playcentre – $2,815: Community Open Week