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Growing Together with Over the Fence Cuppas and Creative Communities Scheme funding round opening

Growing Together with Over the Fence Cuppas

Kāpiti Coast District Council are encouraging community-minded people to host Over the Fence Cuppa events with their neighbours this March.

Kāpiti Coast District Mayor Janet Holborow says that Council’s Over the Fence Cuppa initiative is a great way to nurture local connections, grow resilience and enhance wellbeing.

“We’re embracing this year’s theme of ‘Growing Together’ and I really want to encourage more Kāpiti residents to get involved so we can grow this initiative together,” says Mayor Holborow.

“Last year we had 47 registered events, and I’d love for us to have even more Cuppa events this year so more of our residents can participate.

“These fun and friendly get-togethers offer a chance for you to get to know your neighbours a little better, or to just take some time to enjoy the connections you already have.

“There’s lots of ways to plan your event. It could be as small three households, or as big as the whole street. You could host it at your home or garden, on the berm, or even at the local park – whatever works for you. You could keep it informal with a morning tea or lunch, borrow some of our street games, or you could invite a guest speaker from Council’s Waste Minimisation Team or the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office to run a workshop.

“Over the Fence Cuppas help connect new and long-term residents as well as those who might be on their own. It’s also a great way to find out how you could help each other out, share tools, or find some common interests.

“Forming grass-roots connections becomes especially important if we’re faced with a disaster such as an earthquake or flood. Emergency services need to respond to the most urgent matters, so that’s when communities really need to come together and support each other.

“Of course, getting to know your neighbours is also a great way to strengthen community wellbeing – just sharing a smile and a wave can really brighten someone’s day.

“The first step is making sure you register on our website or fill in a registration form at one of our service centres by 4 March. You’ll then receive a pack full of ideas and resources as well as an invite to our launch party. You’ll also be in the draw to win prizes!

“Council will also provide follow-up support and information to help neighbourhoods stay connected.”

Over the Fence Cuppa events can be held anytime between Friday 15 March and Sunday 31 March.

Over the Fence Cuppa – Kāpiti Coast District Council (kapiticoast.govt.nz)


Creative Communities Scheme funding round opening

Kāpiti creatives and festival organisers are invited to apply for funds to support their projects.

Kāpiti Coast District Council has grant funding available through the Creative Communities Scheme to support Kāpiti arts and cultural projects.

Applications are open from 7 February to 19 March 2024.

In this round there is $23,000 available for artists and community organisations.

This year there is also a one-off Festival Fund of $15,000 to support established festivals celebrate the life experiences, stories, cultures, and regional identities of New Zealanders who continue to be impacted by the effects of COVID-19.

Council arts events coordinator Nerita Clark says the Creative Communities Scheme has supported many wonderful local arts projects over the years.

“There are so many talented people in our community who bring a lot of vibrancy to the Kāpiti Coast,” Ms Clark says.

“The scheme is a great way of supporting their creative mahi and helping share it with the people.

“For the Creative Communities Scheme we’d like to hear from people and groups with projects that will help people participate in the arts, highlight the diversity in our communities or attract our younger audiences.

“For the festival fund we’re looking for people with some recent experience in delivering festivals and have a project that will celebrate the lives, cultures and stories of our place.”

Applications close 5pm, Tuesday March 19.

More information, including eligibility criteria and application forms, is available at kapiticoast.govt.nz/CreativeCommunities or by emailing creativecs@kapiticoast.govt.nz.


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