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Council provides financial boost to Pōneke projects – News and information

By Vaseline May27,2024

This recent round of funding from recipients includes a project to divert organic brewing waste from landfill, a theater experiment with Wellington youth actors, a Toi Māori bilingual literary arts project, StarJam’s music-based workshops for young people with disabilities, three community sports facilities and continued funding for Vincents ‘ Art Workshop and the Wellington Timebank.

The majority of grant recipients align with the Council’s key priorities by increasing and encouraging diversity in our communities, supporting local creative talent, reducing carbon emissions and partnerships and connections with Mana Whenua to build.

“It’s great to see so many fantastic community groups and local businesses being supported to create positive change here in Pōneke,” says Mayor Tory Whanau.

One of the major recipients, Brewwell LTD, trading as Garage Project, will receive $75,000 from the Waste Minimization Seed Fund to invest in infrastructure to separate yeast and hop ingredients in the brewing process, diverting the product from landfill and is turned into compost at Capital. Compost.

Deputy Mayor Laurie Foon says this is an exciting initiative that is estimated to divert approximately 100 tonnes per year from landfill, significantly reducing the company’s carbon footprint.

“This project is easily measurable and will be a consistent diversion from landfills. It also provides the opportunity to share findings and infrastructure plans with other companies in the local brewing community.”

Commission chairman Nīkau Wi Neera says the range of grant recipients reflects the capital’s diversity, creativity and environmental concerns.

“For the Climate and Sustainability Fund, an initiative of Te Atakura – First to Zero, we had numerous applications aimed at reducing carbon emissions in Pōneke, some with a focus on Māori-led climate action projects.

“Kaicycle’s māra sessions for whānau Māori are a perfect example of this. It is designed to educate, strengthen and promote traditional and sustainable farming practices, support the development of local, circular, low-carbon food systems, based on Te Ao Māori, and empower Māori to take tangible climate action with the Whenua.”

The Deputy Mayor was also very pleased to support Creative HQ to enable stronger participation from Māori innovators in the upcoming Clean Tech Summit.

“At a time when Wellington is facing public sector cuts, this summit is a good reminder of the success of our innovation and technology sector. I am also very pleased that our funding will be used to support Māori participation in this fantastic event.”

For more information, how to apply for grants and all recent and past awards, visit Or for detailed information, view the Pītau Pūmanawa Agenda.

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