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Arts funding for Opotiki

Architects conceptual image of Te Tāhuhu o Te Rangi. Photo: Opotiki District Council.

Opotiki District Council has been successful in securing arts funding for a series of new Maori artworks for Te Tāhuhu o Te Rangi- the districts new Technology and Research Centre.

Council has been awarded $149,700 from Creative New Zealand’s Ngā Toi ā Rohe- Arts in the Regions Fund 2020.

A planning group are discussing options of internal and external pou, apex, panels, pare, lintels and frosting on the glass.

Council Chief Executive Aileen Lawrie says they have a vibrant and unique artistic community in the district.

“It is important to have arts funding set aside specifically to ensure that our spaces and places reflect our community and our history through art.”

She says having a planning group ensures there are many voices in the room – cultural, artistic and architectural – to bring the community vision to life.

The Creative New Zealand fund aims to encourage investment in new arts activity outside New Zealand’s main centres.

The building is intended to be an economic and business hub, arts and cultural hub and community hub including reinvention of the existing library service.

 

 

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