Thursday, April 25, 2024

Waipā council to fund 48 community events

Following a record year for events in Waipā, the district is set to see even more with Waipā District Council allocating funding to 48 events.

More than $150,000 has been allocated from the District Promotion Fund to support 34 events that promote the Waipā district as an attractive place to live, work, invest and visit.

A further $30,000 was allocated from the Community Event Fund to support 14 grassroots events which build and celebrate community pride.

A range of events for people of all ages and interests have been supported including elite and participation sport events, music and cultural festivals, theatre shows and hospitality events.

Mayor Jim Mylchreest said following a record 63% increase in Waipā-based events working with Council in the past year, he expected a busy year ahead.

“It’s exciting to see such a range of event organisers wanting to host their events in our district, both new and returning,” said Mayor Mylchreest.

“We respect the fact that last year’s COVID-19 restrictions put a massive strain on the events sector, but our event organisers have ploughed ahead and put in the hard work to deliver their events for our communities in a safe and enjoyable way.”

The Mayor said events would continue to play a major role in boosting community wellbeing as the nation traversed a changing COVID-19 environment.

“We look forward to watching these events come to Waipā, attracting visitors to the district to help strengthen our economy and provide our communities with new opportunities,” he said.

Four Waipā based events were also successful in receiving a share of the $3.75m Thermal Explorer Regional Events Fund from the New Zealand Government: Long Course Weekend, The Great Kiwi Summer Expo and two New Zealand National Fieldays Society events.

Events allocated funding from the 2021/22 District Promotion Fund include:

District Promotion Fund

EventFunding allocated
Ride Festival$20,000.00
Waka Ama Sprint Nationals$13,000.00
The Great Kiwi Summer Expo$5,000.00
Takapoto Estate$8,000.00
Pirongia Craft Fair$8,000.00
Armistice in Cambridge$4,000.00
Kihikihi Speedway$6,000.00
Long Course Weekend$6,000.00
Ohaupo Light Show Gala$8,000.00
Karapiro Rowing – New Zealand Rowing Champs$3,000.00
Over 40’s Football Tournament$3,000.00
100K Flyer$2,000.00
Kiwigrass Festival$2,500.00
Cycling NZ Cambridge 3 Day$1,000.00
TR Register Car Event$2,000.00
Kihikihi Horse Trial$4,000.00
Point Break Supra Boat Wake Surf Comp (in CEF too)$1,000.00
Hydro Thunder Champs$3,000.00
Culinary Cambridge$5,000.00
Feast Waikato$2,500.00
Go Fit That’s Us$5,000.00
Karapiro Rowing – Christmas Regatta$3,000.00
Waikato River Festival – Ki Te Hoe$5,000.00
New Zealand CrossFit Nationals$7,000.00
Kihikihi Polo$3,000.00
Mystery Creek Women’s International Polo$3,000.00
Balloons visit Waipa$5,600.00
Karapiro Rowing – North Island Secondary Schools Regatta$3,000.00
Canoe Racing Champs$1,500.00
Prep Rugby Festival$1,500.00
Cambridge to Hamilton Paddle Race$1,000.00
Te Awamutu Rowing Club$1,000.00
Soaked in Adventure$2,000.00

Community Event Fund

EventFunding allocated
Cambridge Christmas Festival$4,000.00
Pirongia Trail Run$3,000.00
Cambridge Autumn Festival$4,000.00
Waipa Fun Run$3,000.00
Cambridge Cycling Festival$4,000.00
Karapiro Waka Open Day$1,500.00
Stragglers Car Show and Family Day$3,000.00
Stars on the Dance Floor$1,500.00
Cambridge Half Marathon$1,500.00
Cambridge Pump Track Open$2,000.00
Flowers for the Future$1,000.00
Austen Found$600.00
My Mother$500.00
Muso – Cambridge Autumn Festival

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