More than $15,000 will be paid to 18 groups and individuals in the Kapiti Coast district in the second round of allocations of the Creative Communities New Zealand Local Funding Scheme.

The Kapiti Coast District Council administers the fund  with Creative New Zealand.  The fund aims to provide supports for arts and cultural activities taking place within a local area.

For the purposes of the scheme, art is defined as “all forms of creative and interpretative expression”.

The selection committee is made up of councillors with arts interests,  iwi representatives and community representatives including a representative from the Youth Council.

The chair of the committee, Councillor Sandra Patton, said the standard of applications was high and it was difficult to decide how to divide the funds between so many good competing projects.

  1. Details of the successful applications are:

Successful Applicants

Reasons for Applications


Kapiti Concert Orchestra Inc Present a concert of orchestral work with a “meet the orchestra” session aimed at families and school children


Russian Language Playgroup Present a Russian Winter Festival on the Kapiti Coast, with a wide range of Russian artistic culture interacting with families and children generally.


Michelle Walton Establish exciting, varied and challenging children’s holiday art classes


Kapiti Coast Children’s Book Festival Present the NZ Post Book Awards – Kapiti Book Festival involving children and young adults.


Te Kohanga Reo o Tu Roa Participate in kapahaka, purchase some components of uniforms and accessories, hold workshops to make kapahaka uniforms and arrange storage for these.


Tina Regtien Present an original writing as a performance work with art and music


Julia Truscott Present a week-long drama programme for children including a performance for whanau and friends.


Paekakariki Kapa Haka Perform at four kapa haka events, requiring purchase of t-shirts and musical instrument.


Ross Carey, Kapiti College Music Dept Commission a musical work by Ross Carey to add to schools repertoire and to actively include students in the commissioning process and performance of the final work.


Mary Gow Present “Mulled Wine Concerts” in Paekakariki Hall, very successful concerts for Kapiti residents, holding five events involving local musicians, and assisting with their fees.


Friends of the Kapiti Coast District Libraries Inc. Present “Off the Page” Literary Festival for Kapiti residents.


Kapiti Coast WEA Present two programmes of courses to encourage community participation in arts, crafts and creative writing


Kapiti Ballet Society Inc Present annual Dance Festival Competition, involving 1000 or so competitors in diverse dance styles from Kapiti and Wellington mainly and is one of the main dance events on the Wellington region dance calendar.


Mahara Gallery Present significant survey exhibition of work of local resident and internationally renowned artist Mirek Smisek.


Kapiti Waldorf Trust Produce and present “The Threepenny Opera” involving the school and parent community.


Duncan Smith Provide 5 full weekend workshops covering technique, fine art theory and expression of painting.


Raumati South Residents Association Promote community cinema, and provide a digital projector for community use.


Susan Colien-Reid Professionally record “Don’t Do Nothing”, written by Susie Colien-Reid and performed by Blackeyedsusie Band for White Ribbon Day to help spread the message of stopping domestic violence.


Total of Grants


“The Committee thanks all applicants,” says Councillorr Patton, “and we look forward to hearing about the success of all the ventures which have been funded.

“We encourage those who missed out on this occasion to consider applying again in the future.”

The next round of applications will be advertised in September this year.

Updated 12th May 2009