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Council grants help communities prepare

Press Release – Wellington City Council

‘Fire Engine Day’ – an event with fire engines, ambulances, police cars and doctor and nurse dress-ups – is set to come to Hataitai early next year thanks to a Community Preparedness Grant from Wellington City Council. NEWS RELEASE
20 December 2011

Council grants help communities prepare

‘Fire Engine Day’ – an event with fire engines, ambulances, police cars and doctor and nurse dress-ups – is set to come to Hataitai early next year thanks to a Community Preparedness Grant from Wellington City Council.

Organised by the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society (RNZPS), Rongotai Branch – this is one of the first groups to receive a Community Preparedness Grant, a new grant established by the Council in October.

Council Grants Subcommittee Chair Councillor Stephanie Cook says ‘Fire Engine Day’ is “an inspired way to bring the community together while raising awareness about the kinds of things that could happen.

“I was in Christchurch only recently, and having seen how things are still, I can safely say that you cannot be prepared enough.

“Community groups are already making a huge effort in their neighbourhoods to encourage people to get to know one another and become aware of their strengths and vulnerabilities. These grants can help boost their work, while also making us aware of what is going on at a community level,” says Cr Cook.

Other organisations to receive a Community Preparedness grants allocation for this round include:

• Mt Cook Mobilised, who plan to host a series of information-sharing presentations and encourage activities for Neighbours Day Aotearoa next year
• New Crossways Community Trust, who will publish instruction kits for street reporters to refer to in case of an emergency. Each street in Mt Victoria has been assigned a reporter who will be able to check every house on their street to check that everyone is okay and see if any special assistance is needed.
The General Grants for this round have also been announced. One of the recipients is the Suzanne Aubert Compassion Centre, who operate the soup kitchen on Tory Street. The centre plans to offer a ‘digital storytelling workshop’ for eight of their customers, which will give them an opportunity for creative self-expression – and the chance to be seen and heard by others in the community.

Centre Manger Philippa Meachen says the workshop will be led by Digital Storytelling Aotearoa.

“It will be a collaborative project with Wellington Information Communication Technology (ICT), who have generously offered their support with computer facilities, technical support and volunteers. We are thrilled with their support and that of the Council in funding the project.”

Another project that received funding is a collaboration by Cuba Creative, Downstage and Random Films, who plan to create a live magazine-format show for an online audience. The goal is to showcase Wellingtonians’ creativity, create conversation and celebrate Wellington’s essence by focusing on arts, culture and lifestyle.

The Council is encouraging everyone in Wellington to get to know their neighbours and to take time to celebrate together during Neighbours Day Aotearoa (24-25 March 2012). Information on Neighbours Day and Wellington City Council grants can be found on the Council’s website,, or people can phone the Council on 499 4444.

The next round of Community Preparedness Grants and the General Grants Pool close on 30 March 2012.

Wellington City Council Community Preparedness Grant allocations
October 2011 round

Organisation name Project description Amount granted
Breaker Bay & Moa Point Progressive Association community choir sessions at the Breaker Bay Hall $3400
Island Bay Enhancement Trust a relaxed morning aimed at Island Bay’s senior citizens to impart community preparedness knowledge, formulate new friendships and answer questions $400
Kae Miller Trust the Houghton Valley Project – a range of communications activities, resources and a specific event $4715
Massey University gardening workshops at the pop-up garden in Kilbirnie $1642
Mt Cook Mobilised (under Newtown Residents’ Association) building neighbourhood ties within the Mt Cook community $1450
New Crossways Community Trust increase community resilience and emergency preparedness by publishing instruction kits for an existing team of street reporters to refer to during a civil defence emergency $800
Newtown Residents’ Association – Newtown Festival Newtown Garden Club $500
Newtown Residents’ Association – Newtown Festival Carrara Park neighbourhood picnic $700
Nga Hau E Wha o Papararangi Society Inc celebration for Neighbours Day; holding a special day for the local community to discuss and understand their needs in the event of an emergency $585
Ribble Street Orchard (under Island Bay Enhancement Trust) plant fruit trees on all easements currently empty in Ribble Street. Residents of the street to organise community days for tending and harvesting of trees via work parties $2000
Royal NZ Plunket Society Rongotai Inc – Hataitai Roseneath Sub-Branch ‘Fire Engine Day,’ a family day with fire engines, ambulances, police cars, Fairy Trina, doctor and nurse dress-ups, stretchers to try and more $1100
Seventh-Day Adventist Church neighbourhood group fitness training and summer street party in Newlands $1710
Sustainability Trust four community garden tours to engage neighbouring communities and provide information on how community gardens operate, what they provide, why it is important and how to get involved $3358
Suzanne Aubert Compassion Centre (Wellington) a ‘Neighbours Day’ for the Wellington community in the area surrounding the Compassion Centre $2386
Tawa Progressive & Ratepayers Association Inc neighbourhood get-togethers in late March 2012 $2500
The Hiropi Village Apartments, Body Corporate preparing residents The Village complex for earthquake and disaster recovery $3750
Wellington Boys and Girls Institute Inc an evening of neighbouring/
business networking – getting to know each other with pot luck nibbles, guitars and activities
Wellington Boys and Girls Institute Inc an afternoon of networking and relaxing in the sun with pot luck nibbles, guitars and activities $1772
Totals: $34294

Wellington City Council General Grant allocations
October 2011 round

Cultural Pool

Organisation name Project description Amount granted
A Slightly Isolated Dog Limited development of six projects for A Slightly Isolated Dog Limited $3500
Asian Events Trust 2012 Chinese New Year Festival $7000
Babysteps Play Group (under Thistle Hall) arts event for families at Capital E featuring iconic Wellington bands, craft camp, dance workshops and much more $4000
Capital Performing Arts Inc funding of Musical Director, Orchestra rehearsal, venue and improved advertising of promotion material for 10 concerts $2000
Footnote Dance Company Footnote Dance Choreolab $2000
Kilbirnie/Lyall Bay Community Centre annual Kilbirnie Festival including a Fair Day and other activities $6000
Long Cloud Youth Theatre – Whitireia Performing Arts Co Ltd John Keeper passes – theatre production by Eli Kent and devised by Long Cloud Youth Theatre $3000
New Zealand School of Dance three day course for Māori and Pacific Island boys aged 14-17 $2000
New Zealand String Quartet Trust four concerts as part of their national tour called Beethoven! The complete String Quartets $3000
Ngakau Toa Ltd Māori Shakespeare Troilus and Cressida, ‘Show and Tell’ day $4700
Ngati Poneke Young Māori Club support towards hire of sound system and data show for 75th anniversary celebrations $3000
NZ Choral Federation – Wellington Region – The Big Sing The Big Sing is an annual secondary schools choral festival, run throughout New Zealand $4486
NZ Post Children’s Book Festival promote enjoyment of reading of all literature – especially New Zealand authors and illustrators $2000
NZ Tango Festival Charitable Trust 10th New Zealand Tango Festival $5000
Out Wellington Inc Wellington’s gay and lesbian fair for all ages $5000
Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ Trust 2012 Wellington Regional and National University of Otago Shelah Winn Shakespeare Festivals $5000
Summer Shakespeare Trust production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night or What you Will $4000
Suzanne Aubert Compassion Centre (Wellington) Offer a Digital Storytelling workshop to eight guests of the Soup Kitchen to tell the stories of homelessness and marginalised Wellingtonians $3000
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna Te Ra o Kupe – annual celebration for residents, and wider Māori community $2555
The New Zealand Portrait Gallery subscription for software to measure visitor traffic and feedback to better target future activities $1000
Wellington Independent Arts Trust ‘Productive Bodies,’ a major community performance art series of workshops and performances created by the public during the NZ Festival 2012 $4700
Wellington Organists’ Association Inc annual national organ congress $2000
Wellington Region Heritage Promotion Council Inc annual Heritage Month brochure of events, displays and activities during June 2012 $400
Westmark Productions T/A Cuba Creative a live magazine-style show covering arts/culture, lifestyle and everything Wellington, filmed for web TV $10000
Zeal Education Trust partnership between Zeal and First Gear Productions to produce youth theatre $2300
Totals: $91641

Economic Pool

Organisation Name Project Description Amount Granted
Unlimited Potential ICT Professionals Network Inc Wellington to the World conference $6380
Totals: $6380

Environmental Pool

Organisation Name Project Description Amount Granted
Cashmere Avenue School to develop the embankment by clearing undesirable vegetation and replanting it with locally sourced New Zealand native trees and plants $3000
Onslow College restoration, monitoring biodiversity and community garden at Onslow College $2700
Patanga Hill Group (under Thorndon Society inc) to develop a new track below Elephant Rock in the Northern Walkway to enable our 24 planters to plant and tend new natives in an area that was formerly mainly sycamore $2300
Porirua Harbour and Catchment Community Trust pilot project to install plastic marker signs at street sumps $2000
Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society Inc Places for Penguins project – install and monitor 84 Department of Conservation 200 traps to provide protection from pest mammals $3000
Wellington Marine Conservation Trust Experiencing Marine Reserves programme – an in-water marine conservation/education for school children in Wellington $6500
Totals: $19500

Social Pool

Organisation Name Project Description Amount Granted
Aro Valley Community Council Inc Sit and Be Fit classes – funding for instructor $1736
Autism Intervention Trust tailored school holiday programmes in 2012, for children with autism in the Wellington area $8000
Birthright Wellington Birthright Wellington facilitates self esteem-building programmes for children and youth of one parent families, who are vulnerable or at risk $5000
Challenge 2000 salary support for two projects including a worker for summer holidays $7400
Conservation Volunteers NZ a capacity project to build engagement, ownership and interest in environmental conservation $5000
Cycle Aware Wellington Inc coordination and delivery of annual Go By Bike Day – a breakfast event to celebrate and encourage people commuting by bike. Support towards coordination and volunteer coordination costs $4000
English Language Partners Wellington Inc mothers’ English support group at Miramar and Strathmore English language group $3858
Island Bay Enhancement Trust Ribble Street Trolley Derby $1800
Johnsonville Club Inc Christmas tree lighting for Johnsonville $1939.70
Khandallah Plunket Toy Library – Royal NZ Plunket Society Onslow Branch new outdoor toys/play equipment for our toy library $1075
Lions Club of Karori Charitable Trust Inc suburban fair and carnival – 41st one this year $2099
NZ Council of Victim Support Groups – Wellington Office contribute to staff salaries, training, resources and expenses for our volunteers and resources for victims of crime and trauma $7000
Onslow College restoration, monitoring biodiversity and community garden at Onslow College $3000
Te Whare Rokiroki – Māori Women’s Refuge Support for Māori Women’s Refuge $20000
Thorndon Residents’ Association operational support to enable greater communication with Thorndon residents via different channels $1500
Well Heart Club ongoing support and to assist in the improvement in health of people with, or at risk, of, coronary disease $1500
Wellington Citizens Advice Bureau Inc volunteer training $5000
Wellington Deaf Society Inc Operational support to pay secretary, treasurer, cleaner and operational cost $9000
Youthline Wellington Inc Salary contribution and ongoing education programme $15000
Totals: $103907.70

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