Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Old Caretaker’s Cottage for Rotorua Children’s Art House

News Release

Old Caretaker’s Cottage for Rotorua Children’s Art House

8 August, 2014

A council and community partnership to develop a dedicated Children’s Art House for Rotorua has moved a step closer.

Rotorua District Council has agreed in principle to make available the old Caretaker’s Cottage in Government Gardens as a permanent home for the programme.

Council Creative Communities portfolio lead, Councillor Glenys Searancke, said a Children’s Art House Trust was currently being finalised and a list of potential trustees was being drawn up for consideration.

Mrs Searancke said there had also been encouraging discussions with potential funders for the programme and she was hopeful establishment funding would become available once budgets had been prepared and ongoing funding options identified.

“Council’s decision is still subject to a number of consents and approvals which will be needed, including that of the Historic Places Trust and consultation with Ngati Whakaue. However I’m hopeful we can successfully work through any issues that might arise.

“I’m personally very excited about the possibility of providing a permanent home for our district’s children to explore their creativity within a safe and supported community-valued programme, and in a venue that allows their artistic talents to be unleashed.

“The historic Caretaker’s Cottage is a perfect fit with the Children’s Art House objectives and will allow our young people to work, play and exhibit their art in a dedicated, accessible central location. It will also add another dimension to the Government Gardens cultural precinct, complementing facilities already in place such as Rotorua Museum and the Arts Village.

Mrs Searancke said development of a Creative Communities Strategy was a key part of the Rotorua 2030 vision developed in partnership with the community, and the Children’s Art House would be an important component in that strategy.

Introduction of the Children’s Art House concept to Rotorua follows an invitation extended by Mayor Steve Chadwick to Shona Hammond Boyes to visit Rotorua. Ms Hammond Boys is national director of the New Zealand Children’s Art House Foundation Trust,.

In May this year Ms Hammond Boys met with council personnel and addressed a public meeting of Rotorua residents and community groups interested in exploring the setting up of an art house for children.

“What would you think about a club where the only rules are to love art and to be kind to each other? Where everyone must follow these rules, including teachers and parents? These are the rules of the New Zealand Children's Art Houses,” Ms Hammond Boys said.

Mrs Searancke said the council would ensure that the integrity of the old Caretaker’s Cottage was protected and any work needed to meet planning and building requirements would be undertaken in a way that was sensitive to the historic nature of the building.

The cottage is currently rented out as a private residence.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Education: Primary School Teachers On Strike Again Today

More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year.

It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday.

Several rallies are being held across the city this morning, leading to more than 100,000 students missing school today. More>>

 

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Loses In Supreme Court: Call For Debate On Prisoners' Right To Vote

The court earlier this week upheld a High Court decision which found that a law restricting a prisoner's right to vote was inconsistent with the Bill of Rights. More>>

ALSO:

Shenanigans: NZ First Accepts Jami-Lee Ross Proxy Vote

The New Zealand First caucus strongly believes that in terms of the Electoral Integrity Amendment Act, that someone in Mr Ross’ position should resign his seat... the New Zealand First Whip will use Mr Ross’ proxy–to be exercised at all times in support of the vote of the National Party... More>>

ALSO:

Call For Conversation: Do You Know What Data Is Being Collected About You?

New Zealand Maori Council has called on a national conversation when it comes to data sovereignty asking the question “just how many people know what data is being collected, why and how is it being used?” More>>

Economic Policy: Gordon Campbell On The Aussie Banks And Their Profits

Some folk rob you with a six-gun, as Woody Guthrie once memorably put it, and some rob you with a fountain pen. And some do it in broad daylight without blinking, while the government looks on impotently. More>>

ALSO:

Drug Law: Cost Benefit Analysis Shows Reform Stacks Up

Both decriminalisation of drugs and introduction of a strictly regulated market for cannabis are fiscally positive. Shifting away from a punitive response to drug use would significantly reduce costs in the criminal justice system. More>>

ALSO:

Strike Looms: DHB Midwives Reject Pay Offer

More than 1100 District Health Board (DHB) employed midwives have voted overwhelmingly to reject the DHBs’ pay offer and to go on strike... Industrial Co-leader Jill Ovens says the idea is to maximise disruption for the DHBs while minimising the effect on women and their babies. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels