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Palmerston North applauded for its support of the arts

Wednesday June 7 2017

Creative New Zealand has congratulated Palmerston North City Council for being New Zealand’s most financially supportive council for the Creative Communities Scheme.

Photo shows group of people singing in the street.

Palmy arts stalwart Jennifer Moss led a pop-up singalong in George Street for World Singing Day 2016.

In its submission to Council's proposed Annual Budget for 2017-18, Creative New Zealand said the Council was making steady progress on a review of its arts strategy with a well-defined process and early and meaningful engagement with the sector and the public.

The Council's contribution of 32 percent of the city's Creative Communities Scheme funding was the highest contribution of any council in New Zealand.

"Palmerston North is fortunate to have an active and diverse arts community," says PNCC General Manager of Libraries and Community Services Debbie Duncan. "We have a strong focus on creating a vibrant city and we see the arts sector as being essential to achieving this."

Creative New Zealand provides funding to city and district councils throughout New Zealand to distribute in support of local arts projects. The scheme supports more than 1,800 projects around the country every year.

The latest round of funding applications has just been considered by Palmerston North's Creative Communities Scheme funding committee, chaired by Councillor Rachel Bowen.

"We’ve again been delighted with the number of quality applications, and the range of events, activities and projects they represent," says Cr Bowen. "It is fantastic to have funding from the Creative Communities Scheme to support our arts community. Their energy passion and creativity makes Palmerston North a more interesting place to live.

Creative New Zealand’s senior manager for planning, performance and stakeholder relations, David Pannett says: "We know the arts make our communities more attractive places to live, work and visit. We applaud PNCC's initiative and vision in making the arts a focus for the city's development. It will pay dividends for residents and businesses."

The successful applicants represent a wide range of creative and cultural projects, events or activities which continue to reflect the city's diversity and commitment to the arts.

Creative Communities Scheme 2016-17 round 2

Total requested: $125,239.86

Total allocated: $30,973.38

  • Autalavou EFKS Youth Group: Making traditional Samoan artworks and a performance to showcase these
  • Aziza Bellydance: A performing arts showcase for women-only entitled Women of Africa
  • Connected Media Charitable Trust: Free one-day filmmaking workshop for young people
  • Craig Bradley Johnston: Recording a music album inspired by Irish music and its links with New Zealand culture
  • Creative Sounds Society Inc: SwampFest 2017 – Palmy’s annual local music festival
  • Hipnotize Halfa Committee: A weekend dance festival with workshops and performance opportunities
  • Jennifer Moss: Palmy Sings! A series of singing events in Palmerston North for World Singing Day
  • Legacy Centre: Performing arts workshops for young people
  • Manawatū Lesbian and Gay Rights Association: Drag workshops and a show
  • Manawatū Supporting Families in Mental Illness: An art exhibition based on the work of people with mental illness
  • Manawatū Theatre Inc: Produce a season of the show 1984
  • Midnight Switch: Produce a high-quality rock music single and video
  • Mo'unga Kipione Youth: Making/decorating traditional Tongan artefacts
  • Pamanlahi Cultural Group: Dance workshops focusing on Cordillera heritage in the Philippines
  • ReaLM (Reading and Literacy in Manawatū): An author tour for local schools
  • Scouting New Zealand: Manawatū Gang Show – a variety show staged and produced entirely by the region’s Boy Scouts and Girl Guides
  • Tall Poppies & Manawatū Theatre Inc: A youth theatre performance of Aladdin
  • WAI (Women’s Art Initiative) Collective: Art making sessions and an exhibition for women who have experienced violence