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


Projects targeting youth get initial funding nod

Projects targeting youth get initial funding nod

Two projects that let children experience sport and music, and will build self-esteem, build relationships and strengthen families are in line for funding from Porirua City.

Project Porirua, a collaboration between Ole Football Academy and Virtuoso Strings, has requested $104,500 from Porirua City Council’s Making an Impact fund for 2017/18.

It was approved by Thursday’s Grants, Awards and Events subcommittee that both of these projects should progress to the next stage of the application process, where they will be invited to complete a business case. These will be considered at the City Delivery Committee on 14 June and the final funding decisions made.

In the next three years, Project Porirua plans to host up to 60 children, aged 6-10, at the football academy’s base in the old Porirua Hospital grounds, two nights a week for 40 weeks.

They will be transported there for free, get a meal and be encouraged to do homework, along with engaging in music, football lessons and other activities. Bishop Viard College, Pacific Flow Yoga, Sport Wellington, Cannons Creek Boxing Academy and Oranga Tamariki (the Ministry for Children) are also involved in the initiative.

An assessment of the project – and others that applied to the fund – was carried out by nine young people aged from 11-23 years on behalf of the Council. Comments they made included that it was well thought out, covered the logistics like meals and transport well, and had an excellent focus on sport and the arts.

The second application approved was from Wesley Alliance, a collaborative group including Wesley Community Action, Maraeroa Health Clinic, Taeoamanino Trust and the Tumai Hauora Ki Porirua Alliance, that have also requested $104,500 to expand youth services and improve existing programmes in eastern Porirua.

Grants, Awards and Events subcommittee chairperson Izzy Ford said Project Porirua fit the Making an Impact Fund criteria perfectly.

“What they’re proposing ticks a lot of boxes – there’s a real focus on giving young people opportunities they might not otherwise have,” she said.

“It’s been fantastic to have the youth assessment panel on board to help select the projects. It has made the whole process much more valid.”

The Council approved the Young Peoples Fund in December – that include the Making an Impact and Making it Happen funds - which aims to improve children and young people’s health, education, skills and wellbeing.

Also at the meeting on Thursday, the subcommittee granted funding for six projects, including a mosaic trail in Bothamley Park ($3000), Bush Sprouts at St Theresa’s School ($2200) and a Super 10s sporting tournament ($3000) from the Making it Happen Fund.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: On Why the News Crisis Gives Us Hope

The News Is Dead, Long Live The News!

Scoop has exciting plans ahead for 2018 and beyond. The news media industry is coming to a critical juncture point. The increasing dominance of the digital platform monopoly giants and new developments such as Artificial Intelligence are contributing to disrupt the industry, render old ad-based models unviable and reshape the way we consume news. However, in all this crisis we see opportunity to create a new, more resilient and more decentralised future for independent news media.

There are encouraging signs globally that the crisis in trust facing the media is breathing new life and impetus into the challenge of ensuring a future with serious independent news coverage - i.e. news of real ‘public interest’ and quality investigative journalism in support of robust debate and a thriving democracy. More>>


DHB Offer Rejected: NZNO Seeking Urgent Mediation

The latest revised DHB MECA offer has been strongly rejected by NZNO members. However, Industrial Services Manager Cee Payne says that as nursing and midwifery is an essential service, mediation or facilitation will begin with urgency. More>>


Building Bridges: National's Climate Commission Support Welcomed

Generation Zero welcomes the recent announcement by Opposition Leader Simon Bridges that he wants to take the politics out of climate change and work with other Parties to create an Independent Climate Change Commission. More>>


PSA Win: Living Wage For Core Public Service Employees

PSA members in the public service have secured a big victory - with all employees winning the right to be paid at least a Living Wage. State Services Minister Chris Hipkins says there will be a one-off adjustment in pay from 1 September, with all employees receiving an hourly rate of $20.55 ($42,744 per annum). More>>


Tourist Tax: International Visitor Levy Consultation Opens

Plans to ease the cost burden on communities and ratepayers for tourism-related infrastructure through a proposed a levy on international visitors have been announced by Minister of Tourism Kelvin Davis today. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Waikeria Prison Decision

The hard part is yet to come. When and how does the government propose to change the laws and regulations to do with bail and parole, both of which remain key drivers of New Zealand’s bizarrely high – and economically unaffordable – rates of imprisonment? More>>





Featured InfoPages