From the Arts to Public Health

DATE 22 July 2019    

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Turanga Health's Whare DIY workshops are all about building whanau home maintenance capabilities and knowledge. Picture supplied by Turanga Health

Arts, education and public health are among the sectors to receive Eastland Community Trust funding this July.

In addition to the $231,363 distributed to Gizzy Kai Rescue this month, Kaiti School, Gisborne Harriers Club, Mangapapa Union Parish, Te Hauora o Turanganui a Kiwa and Evolution Theatre, received a collective $85,000.

Kaiti School’s $30,000 distribution will go towards a new school playground, to accommodate the kura’s expanding year seven and eight roster and be used by the community after hours.

Gisborne Harriers Club will use their $18,000 distribution to create and facilitate more local events, that get the community out and about – a recent example being the Opportunities Without Discrimination and Gisborne Harriers Club Colour Run for Diversity.

Harriers trustee Paul Naske says, ECT backing is a “brilliant” result.

“Thanks very much to the Eastland Community Trust. This feels like a massive endorsement of the route the club has taken now and the path we are on.”

Other distributions included $15,000 to the Mangapapa Union Parish, to expand their debt help and budget services in-region and $8,000 to the Motu Community Trust, to support a mountain bike fundraising event next month. Funds raised will go towards Motu Trust Community Building repairs.

Te Hauora o Turanganui a Kiwa (Turanga Health) received $10,000 to deliver a series of marae-based community workshops, amongst Turanga iwi and the wider community.

Dubbed Whare DIY, the workshops build whanau home maintenance capabilities and knowledge, for example increased energy efficiency. Other focusses include healthy living, keeping well and staying safe.

Turanga Health chief executive Reweti Ropiha says, the aim is “mobilising and socialising DIY” skill sets.

“The essence of this initiative is taking practical DIY experiences to where the people live, learn, work and play.”

Evolution Theatre’s $4,000 distribution will go towards a local production of The Pohutakawa Tree, by esteemed New Zealand playwright Bruce Mason.

Evolution Theatre managing artistic director Dinna Myers says, they are “overwhelmed with gratitude” for ECT’s support.

“This project is special to our little company.  As we are finding our footing and growing our Whanau in Gisborne, it is crucial to us to build a well-rounded and inclusive community.”

The Pohutakawa Tree is the newly established Theatre’s first foray into productions that highlight Aotearoa’s shared history.

“It is a powerful look at the struggle inherent in embracing community, while looking into the mirror of cultural and social injustice.

“We are so honoured that ECT supports our efforts to achieve diversity within our organisation and provide a theatrical experience that speaks to everyone in our community.”

Auditions for The Pohutakawa Tree will be held at Evolution Theatre 75 Disraeli Street, August 3, 11am. For more information go to www.evolution theatre.org.nz.

In total, over the 2019 to 2020 financial year, $12 million has been earmarked for distributions by the ECT board. For more information or to apply for funding, head to the 'Seeking Funding?' tab on this website, or call us on 06 867 2640.