Almost $100,000 in community grants have been made by Papakura Local Board.
Papakura Business Association was awarded funds that cover installing and removing decorations and flags for Christmas, Anzac Day and Matariki, and also for community events StreetFest and Chilling in the Park, held after the Christmas Parade.
Papakura Local Board chair Brent Catchpole says $97,213 was awarded overall, the largest funding round in some time, boosted by unspent funds from other budgets that would need to be passed back as savings if they were not used this financial year.
“Even though the funding round was so large, we still had to turn away groups doing good work in the community, and that’s always difficult. There is never enough to go around.
“Making our town not only festive, but attractive to visit is important to us. It would be a dull place without Christmas decorations, and we believe in honouring Anzac Day and think Matariki deserves our support too.”
Catchpole says sometimes the smallest grants deliver big results. “We have allocated just a few hundred dollars to Te Whakaora Tangata for its family restoration programme, and much the same for Papakura Parents Centre, both groups doing outstanding work.”
- Papakura High School, Papakura Fest
- Kura Cares, Papakura Proud Day
- Drury Playcentre, science play equipment
- Great Potentials Foundation, printer
- Plunket, car seats
- Papakura Community Trust, Redhill centre courses
- Papakura Playcentre, $2000, equipment and furniture
- Historical Society, display costs
- Te Maunga Kōhungahunga, panel shelters
- Counties Manukau Badminton, juniors’ costs
- Bears Basketball, venue hire
- Tennis and Squash Club, racquets
- Glass Ceiling Arts Collective, Off Broadway support
- Badminton NZ, venue hire for under 13 nationals
- South Auckland Choral Society, choral performances
- Papakura Theatre Company, outdoor display
- Period Place, feminine hygiene products
- EE Bishop, Little Mermaid production
- Papakura Marae, $5000, Māori Warden uniforms.
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