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Celebrating Auckland – funding for regional events

Published: 23 August 2018
Good news for Te Ara I Whiti / Lightpath Festival

Auckland Council’s Community Development and Safety Committee approved $408,000 in funding for regional events at its meeting on 16 August.

Councillor Cathy Casey, chair of the committee, says that the regional events fund seeks to bring people together to share memorable and fun experiences and help build a sense of community.

“The regional events fund celebrates Auckland and its people while acknowledging our diversity. By funding these experiences, the council is helping to develop a stronger sense of identity, pride and spirit in our wonderful city. It’s lots of fun for people too!”

The events funded by the committee range from smaller events including ‘Elvis in the Gardens’ through to large events attended by thousands of Aucklanders like the Farmers Santa Parade, the Auckland Pride Festival and Parade and Coco-Cola Christmas in the Park.

Councillor Efeso Collins, deputy chair of the committee, says that events that have received funding like ASB Polyfest, New Zealand Taiwan Day, Korean Day and the Te Ahurea Tino Rangatiratanga Secondary Schools Kapa Haka competition improve cross-cultural awareness and understanding.

“Our multi-cultural city is reflected in the diversity of events that have received funding. It is wonderful to see such a wide range of cultures, ethnicities and different recreational events profiled in this funding round,” says Councillor Collins.

One event receiving council funding for the first time is the Te Ara i Whiti / Lightpath Festival to be held on 1 December 2018.

The annual Te Ara i Whiti / Lightpath Festival is a celebration that invites people to experience the lights of Auckland’s iconic and beloved ‘pink path’ from day into night. Described as a ‘street party in the sky’, the festival offers fun and healthy activities and encourages Aucklanders to use more active transport, all while bringing to life the ever-changing map of our city centre.

Calendar of regional events

Circle the date on your calendar so you don’t miss any of these exciting upcoming events! (Please note that proposed event dates are subject to change).

Event

Location

Date

2018 Aotearoa Māori Sports Awards

Vodafone Events Centre

24 November 2018

2019 Korean Day

North Shore Events Centre

30 March 2019

2019 Sir Graeme Douglas International Track Challenge

Douglas Track and Field

(The Trusts Arena) Henderson

21 March 2019

ASB Polyfest

Manukau Sports Bowl

13 -16 March 2019

Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta

Waitematā and Viaduct Harbours and the Hauraki Gulf

26 -28 January 2019

Auckland Highland Games & Gathering

Ellerslie Event Centre

Ellerslie Racecourse, Remuera

17 November 2018

Auckland International Buskers Festival

city centre and waterfront

25-28 January 2019

Auckland Pride Festival and Parade 2019

Auckland-wide

1 -17 February 2019

Bike the Bridge

Smales Farm, Takapuna

17 February 2019

Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park

(year three of three-year agreement)

Auckland Domain

8 December 2018

Collier Trophy

(U13 Hockey National Championships)

North Harbour Hockey Stadium

7-13 October 2018

Elvis in the Gardens

Auckland Botanic Gardens

3 March 2019

Ending HIV Big Gay Out (BGO)

Coyle Park, Pt Chevalier

10 February 2019

Japan Day 2019

The Cloud and Shed 10

Queens Wharf, city centre

3 March 2019

Te Ara I Whiti / Lightpath Festival

Te Ara I Whiti / Lightpath

city centre

1 December 2018

Mahurangi Regatta

Sullivans Bay, Mahurangi Harbour Scotts Landing

26 January 2019

New Zealand Communities Football Cup (NZCFC)

Māngere Centre Park

23-25 November 2018

New Zealand Taiwan Day 2018

Aotea Square, city centre

27-28 October 2018

Omaha Classic

Omaha Beach and Omaha Estuary

15 December 2018

Puhinui International Horse Trials

Puhinui Reserve

Prices Road, Manukau

7-9 December 2018

Show Jumping Waitemata World Cup Final

Woodhill Sands, Waimauku

11-13 January 2019

Te Ahurea Tino Rangatiratanga Secondary Schools Kapa Haka competition

James Cook High School Manurewa

26-27 October 2018

The Farmers Santa Parade

city centre

25 November 2018

The New Zealand Ukulele Festival

The Trusts Arena, Henderson

17 November 2018

Waiuku Blast to the Past 2018

Waiuku Rugby Park

10 November 2018

Walk the Line

ANZ Viaduct Event Centre

city centre

1 September 2019

Visit the council’s website for more information on regional events that received funding this round.

Next funding round for regional events

The next round of applications for the regional events fund opens on 1 November 2018. In this round, additional priority will be given to events with a focus on Māori, youth, Pasifika and diverse communities along with ‘low season’ (May-September) events. To be eligible for this funding, events must occur between 1 March 2019 and 31 July 2020.

 Funding decisions will be made by the Community Development and Safety Committee on 21 February 2019.