Creative Communities on the move

Published on 23 June 2021

Te Ahu

Far North Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) assessment committee 'traveled away' from Council Chambers in Kaikohe for the first time on Tuesday 8 June to convene their second meeting of 2021 at Te Ahu Centre in Kaitaia.

“We resolved in March to visit other towns to share our meetings around the district, as Kaikohe-Hokianga Community Board does,” explains Chairperson Wally Hicks.

The CCS committee welcomed new community representative Eljon Fitzgerald from Kaeo-Whangaroa before considering six applications to fund arts projects and events. All six were successful.

Yazma Smith received $2000 for her film project Emiemi te maunga, Bruce Walker $425 for a concert at the Soundgarden, Northland Area Floral Art Society $948 for their Northland Designer of the Year 2021, Hokianga Community Education Trust $2000 for Hokianga Walks Book artwork, Bruce MacGregor $4000 for Kerikeri Open Art Studio Trail (KOAST) 2021, and Mary Ann Ralph $2000 for Oruaiti Art Group.

Creative Communities disperses approximately $12,000 per quarter and currently has an additional $12,000 one-off COVID-19 Response grant from Creative NZ to disperse among its applications this year.

“We encourage everyone across the arts and culture spectrum with a project or event idea that might qualify to review FNDC website’s Creative Communities page and please contact our administrator or one of the committee members listed who can assist with applications,” says Mr Hicks.

The deadline for applications to CCS for the third funding round of 2021 is Tuesday 10 August.

The arts projects and events must occur after the next CCS meeting due to be held at the FNDC Kerikeri Service Centre on Tuesday 7 September. Go to the Creative Communities web page for more information.