Waitangi Day

by Anonymous Author

Selwyn residents are being invited to apply for funding to help celebrate Waitangi Day.

Manatu Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, is now accepting funding applications for events in 2019 to commemorate the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund invites applications from groups hosting community events, which “promote nation-building through wide community participation, and encourage the celebration of an inclusive New Zealand identity”.

The ministry says projects reflecting a partnership between iwi, marae, local government and community groups are particularly encouraged.

“Manatu Taonga is keen to see an increase in Waitangi Day events accessible to all members of the community including those with disabilities.”

This year, the fund supported 44 events throughout New Zealand including the national commemorations at Waitangi, a Treaty trail based on the Amazing Race concept, waka ama and cultural performances, educational activities for migrant communities and marae-based community events.

Grants from the fund generally range from $1,000 to $5,000 and applications close 5pm on Monday, October 1. Information and application form is available on the ministry’s website: mch.govt.nz.

For more information please call 04 499 4229 or email waitangi.fund@mch.govt.nz.