Fund­ing cut threat­ens youth events

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By STEVE ED­WARDS

With Gov­ern­ment fund­ing dry­ing up, the fu­ture of an­nual youth events in the dis­trict beyond the next year is un­cer­tain.

In April, Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil made its third and fi­nal ap­pli­ca­tion to the Min­istry of Youth De­vel­op­ment’s Part­ner­ship Fund.

The min­istry granted $18,000, split evenly be­tween Mata­mata, Mor­rinsville and Te Aroha, for three youth-led events across the dis­trict.

Youth ser­vice providers from each town have de­vel­oped project plans on how they pro­pose to use the funds.

The Youth Em­pow­er­ment Ser­vice in Te Aroha is or­gan­is­ing a foam party, while a spook­ers’ night is be­ing jointly or­gan­ised by Mor­rinsville Bap­tist Church and Te Ahurei A Ran­gatahi, and Mata­mata- based Starfish So­cial Ser­vices is host­ing an ad­ven­ture/mud run-style event.

A staff re­port tabled at the monthly coun­cil meet­ing said plan­ning for all three events is still in the early stages and ex­act dates have not been con­firmed.

How­ever, the Mata­mata event has been pen­ciled in for mid-De­cem­ber, with the Te Aroha or­gan­is­ers look­ing at ei­ther Fe­bru­ary or March.

Time frames for the Mor­rinsville event have yet to be dis­cussed.

Se­nior com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Jenni Cochrane said the coun­cil could only ap­ply to the part­ner­ship fund three times.

‘‘In all three years we re­quested just un­der $70,000 (the max­i­mum amount avail­able) from the fund, and were granted a por­tion of this each time.’’

In 2013/14 it re­ceived $51,000, spent on three youth-led events and three part-time youth co­or­di­na­tors (em­ployed by the des­ig­nated ser­vice providers).

The pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year saw the coun­cil granted $35,000, which went to­wards that year’s events and also again to part- time youth co­or­di­na­tors.

Through the ini­tia­tive, a youth ball was held in Mata­mata ( De­cem­ber 2012), Top Town at Mor­rinsville A & P Show (2013) and sports tour­na­ment (early 2014), along with a YES Fac­tor Youth Tal­ent Quest in Te Aroha (early 2013) and paint party (later last year).

The coun­cil re­port on this year’s pro­posed events said the youth ser­vice providers from each town un­der­took a survey at their re­spec­tive col­lege and among dis­en­gaged young peo­ple to de­ter­mine the type of event they wanted or­gan­ised.

With the coun­cil not able to seek min­istry fund­ing again for the youth events, coun­cil­lor Nicki Robb sug­gested the providers be taught about self-fund­ing.

‘‘They may have to go into the com­mu­nity and get spon­sor­ship,’’ she said. ‘‘It (the youth events pro­gramme) is an awe­some ini­tia­tive.’’

Photo: TERESA HAT­TAN

BA­NANA BOXES: Mata­mata His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety book fair vol­un­teers tak­ing part in Op­er­a­tion Ba­nana Box, from left: Colin Kem­plen, Meryl Clow, Sue Craw­ford, Jack Poole, Jim Paton, Don Craw­ford, Lorna Reynolds and Gabrielle Kem­plen, en­joy their morn­ing tea of ba­nanas. They are pic­tured with just some of the 12,000 books al­ready col­lected for the an­nual fair, which will be held in the now con­firmed venue, Ta­bles on Broad­way. The book fair, which is be­ing run from Oc­to­ber 2-4, is a ma­jor fundraiser for the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety each year and will have eft­pos avail­able. Do­na­tions of books can be dropped off at the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle of­fice at 2 Tainui St.

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