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Waikato Regional Theatre - how did we get here and what happens next?

Kelvyn Eglinton, Momentum Waikato Chief Executive writes...
It was with much joy that Momentum Waikato was finally able to declare the Waikato Regional Theatre project as ‘Live’, following the Prime Minister’s 31 October announcement at Embassy Park of our successful Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) application.

Since that pivotal moment, the outpouring of support and well-wishes we’ve received from across our community has been quite humbling.

But we still have much immediate work to do to confirm the project’s budget, the pricing on its design details and its resource consent, ahead of getting underway with construction in the first quarter of 2020.

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PM announces Govt support for theatre - photo album + video

On 31 October 2019, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern delivered the good news that the Government's Provincial Growth Fund is granting $12 million towards the Waikato Regional Theatre project driven by Momentum Waikato.

This marked the point where the project went 'live', so a huge thank you to all the funders and everyone who has donated and supported the theatre to date.

See pictures and video.

Momentum Waikato Annual Report 2019 now available

The Momentum Waikato Annual Report for FY2018-19 is now available for download.

We will not be printing it in bulk for distribution, so best to seek it out from there.

Momentum Waikato Showcase 2019 - photo album

Fantastic night at the Momentum Waikato Showcase at Claudelands on 16 October 2019.

Was all about 'Proof Points', which included the transfer of the Donny Trust and the Houchen Trust, and the first grant from the Hamilton CBD Development Fund. Great progress all round!

See more pictures.

Waikato Vital Signs returns in 2020

The second-ever Waikato Vital Signs program is scheduled to begin in March.

Yes, that’s right, its nearly four years since our first Vital Signs consultation and Report, which covered Hamilton and the Waikato and Matamata-Piako districts. This time we’re expanding the project’s catchment with public consultation workshops also being held in the Thames-Coromandel, Hauraki, Waipa, Otorohanga, Waitomo and South Waikato districts.

Vital Signs is a community check-up that reports on the social, environmental, cultural and economic well-being of our communities, joining the dots between statistical information and what matters most to the people living 'on the ground'.

The Waikato Vital Signs 2020 Report will be published in June, and the Vital Impact grant round it informs will open for applications in July or August.

Lara Conroy, who many of you will know as our office manager, is the Project Manager, so please direct any questions to her.

Dio students’ annual fundraiser backs local women and girls

Dio girls’ tradition of an annual fundraising effort for worthy causes has this year benefitted the mission of a local women’s giving circle.

A cheque for $10,000 was presented to the Waikato Women’s Fund / Te Ira Waahine o Waikato by head students Holly Mills and Emily Rich and Principal Mary Curran at the recent Waikato Diocesan School for Girls’ Founders' Day Chapel Service.

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Waikato Cultural Inclusion Fund development workshop was a lively and lovely event

A key step in the foundation of the Waikato Cultural Inclusion Fund took place on Monday 25 November, with a successful development workshop held at the Hamilton Gardens Pavilion.

The forty-odd attendees during the evening took part in a series of lively discussions led by Rachel Simon-Kumar, an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland and a Trustee at Shama Hamilton Ethnic Women’s Centre.

The challenges identified as being in the way of a truly inclusive region and society were myriad, but the energy and intellectual acumen in the room meant some knotty problems were honestly and vigorously examined and the evening closed with a strong sense of optimism.

‘The Waikato Cultural Inclusion Fund – embracing our diverse communities / He aroha naa Waikato – Haapaingia ngaa haapori tuaakiri manomano’ was founded in March by Momentum Waikato from discussions with local communities on resourcing cultural inclusion initiatives across the region, with the initial launch being prompted as a positive local response to the Christchurch terrorist attack.

The information gathered at the workshop is now being reviewed and summarised, ahead of the formation of the Fund’s Establishment Commitment in the New Year.

Contact us if you want to be kept up to date with the Waikato Cultural Inclusion Fund. We're keen to involve people from every walk of life, not just those impacted by inclusion issues.

Giving Tuesday launch for philanthropic partnership

Giving Tuesday, the global generosity event held on the first Tuesday in December, was marked across New Zealand with the launch of a new strategic partnership between a leading investment firm and the nation’s community foundations, including local philanthropy champions Momentum Waikato.

Craigs Investment Partners, a long-time supporter of communities across the country, has worked with the sector’s peak body Community Foundations of New Zealand (CFNZ) to initiate three new corporate giving programs aimed at increasing its charitable impact.

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Amy's donor story

I’m a positive ‘Yes’ sort of person at the best of times, but when I sat down with Natasha Harvey for a cuppa about a year ago and she suggested I join her on the Waikato Women’s Fund’s Establishment Committee, I jumped at the opportunity to say ‘Yes’ for a particular very good reason.

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Welcoming Alix Stevens to the team

We have recently welcomed Alix Stevens to the team - she has joined us in the new part-time role of Foundation Administrator, which has allowed Lara to take on coordinating the upcoming Vital Signs project.

Alix has spent the last couple of years as a stay-at-home mum for her wee bairn, prior to which she was managing a motel.

Read more about the Momentum Waikato team here.