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Support For Waiheke Arts

Waiheke Island’s Theatre and Art Gallery will receive on-going support from Auckland City Council.

The Community Development Committee approved funding for both facilities at its meeting on 2 June. Waiheke Community Theatre will receive a grant of $45,780, and the Waiheke Community Art Gallery a grant of $34,558. Both are for the year 2000/2001. Both grants are subject to final approval by full Council as part of the Annual Plan process.

Chairperson of the Community Development Committee, Penny Sefuiva, says that the decision acknowledges the role that both facilities play in the community.

“The Committee supports the funding, as both the theatre and gallery have demonstrated strong links with, and support from, Waiheke’s community. The library is housed in the same building They are important local venues, in the absence of other community facilities.”

A report to the committee concluded that both venues had made significant improvements to their operation in the last year. The Community theatre recorded a 21 per cent increase in audience numbers, with 33 hirers attracting some 23,000 people. The gallery had cleared debts of over $6,000 through fundraising and local support.

Councillor Sefuiva says the grants for 2000/20001 are consistent with the Council’s strategic priority of “strong and healthy communities”.

Council will assist both venues with business plans, which will help them to continue improving their financial and organisational performance.

“As a Council, we often talk about community access to facilities, and the theatre and gallery are great examples of that. Both facilities offer opportunities to community groups and individuals to increase their cultural experience without leaving the Island,” says Councillor Sefuiva.

Faye Storer, Councillor for the Hauraki Gulf, says that the support shown by the Community Development Committee and the Council has helped cement a new relationship with the two community facilities.

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