Growing events around the city

Tye park fireworks in November is a new event to receive council funding. Photo: Supplied.

Welcome Bay fireworks and a ‘space activation’ on the former administration building site on Willow/Hamilton Streets corner are two of the new events to receive some city council funding in the latest Community Events Funding round.

The council is partnering with Little Big Events for the building site. Little Big Events are the creators and managers of community-focused events such as The Little Big Markets in Mount Maunganui and Papamoa, Dinner in the Domain, Tauranga’s Christmas in the Park, Vegan Vibes, Beast of a Feast, Street Food Union and Diner en Blanc. They were also responsible for the re-activation of the Victoria Park Markets in Auckland.

The fireworks display at Tye Park Welcome Bay, is receiving $10,000 and the activation of the city administration building block site is receiving $3000.

Another new event to receive community event funding is the city’s first coffee festival, held on Saturday.

Tauranga City Council supports 12 community events through its Community Events Fund. The funded events invite a wide range of the community to celebrate Tauranga’s diversity and to make the most of the city’s places and spaces, says Mayor Greg Brownless.

“Community events play an important role in bringing our people together to celebrate the city, while showcasing everything Tauranga has to offer all year round,” says Greg.

“With 10,000 people braving the cold at the Tauranga waterfront, the recent success of Winter Nights | Winter Lights shows that our community loves to celebrate in the city all year round.

“The wide range of funding applications reflects the passion and motivation of our events community to create inclusive, welcoming events for everyone and especially for our younger residents.”

The successful community events have a focus on location and seasonality. Most are free or low cost and between them will receive a total of $60,000.

The 2017/18 Community Event Fund encourages events which occur from July to October 2017 and April to June 2018 to keep the city humming in the off peak season.

The selection panel chose to provide funding towards the following community events:

  •   •  Our Place – The activation taking place once the Council administration building is demolished aims to create a space that acknowledges history while looking to the future by creating a safe, vibrant and energetic city heart. ($3,000)

  •   •  Tauranga Coffee Festival – Tauranga’s inaugural Coffee Festival is an eclectic mix of coffee, food and music and is one of the most exciting new festivals at the CBD waterfront. ($5,000)

  •   •  Tauranga Christmas in the Park – The event has become one of the key pre-Christmas highlights for the wider Bay of Plenty community and supports local charities, businesses and artists. ($8,000)

  •   •  Hunt for Gold – Papamoa’s free family adventure race sends teams around iconic locations to complete several tasks. ($3,000)

  •   •  Pedal Papamoa – With a biking adventure for the whole family, Pedal Papamoa promotes healthy living by getting out and about for a ride on the bike-friendly Papamoa storm water trail. ($6,000)

  •   •  Cherry Blossom Festival – The event provides a fun filled atmosphere with entertainment for the whole community, various school performances and a street car show under the flowering Greerton Village cherry trees. ($3,000)

  •   •  Trustpower Christmas Parade – Cultural groups, kindergartens, marching groups, bands, vintage car enthusiasts and many more come together to play their part in Tauranga’s central city Christmas parade. ($5,000)

  •   •  Little Yoga Festival – With a wide range of arts and wellness workshops, talks, music and food, this festival is made for the whole family. ($3,000)

  •   •  100 per cent Winter Night Owl Cinema – Tauranga Youth Development Team and Night Owl Cinema have teamed up to create winter events especially for youth featuring movies, activations and more. ($3,000)

  •   •  A Night Before Christmas – Tauranga’s longest running, free outdoor Christmas event is now also one of the largest in the country and will keep traditions and nostalgia of Christmas alive. ($8,000)

  •   •  Tye Park Fireworks – The new event provides an enjoyable and spectacular family-friendly atmosphere in the Welcome Bay community. ($10,000)

  •   •  Mount Maunganui Beach Volleyball Open – The one out of four National Beach Volleyball Tour events will see the best teams from New Zealand compete, including a Commonwealth Games selection component. ($3,000)

The next round for the Community Events Fund will reopen in April 2018.

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