Funding guarantees services can continue

Publish Date : 29 Jun 2023
Te Whare Awhina Community Services Centre 925X694

Funding agreements have been put in place for Te Whare Awhina o Tamworth to continue running three community facilities.

Service agreements have been put in place for 12 months from 1 July at Randwick Park, Clendon and Te Whare Awhina.

Manurewa Local Board chair Glenn Murphy says the arrangement guarantees funding and continuity of services at the centres, with Randwick Park receiving funding of $51,878, and the other two sites $42,128 each.

“We use community partners to manage access and activation of centres and halls, usually with three-to-five-year agreements, though budget uncertainties raised funding questions for some groups with agreements coming to an end.”

“This means they can be sure the funding will be there for them to continue to deliver their programmes for another year, while future funding plans are developed.”

“We recognise a reduction or end to funding would have a significant impact on services, not just for our partners, though also to their staff and our communities.”

During the 2023/2024 financial year, council staff will return to the board with options and advice regarding the future of the community venues, and a process to confirm the best partners.

Murphy says it remains important communities are inclusive, healthy, and connected. “We want our people enjoy and use quality community spaces and this will remove any immediate uncertainty.”

Mauriora tumeke tau ke ka wani ke amohia ake te ora o te iwi ka puta ki te whei ao ki te ao marama- the health and well-being of our people is of paramount importance.

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