• Almost $700,000 granted to Play, Active Recreation and Sport projects across Hawke’s Bay

Almost $700,000 granted to Play, Active Recreation and Sport projects across Hawke’s Bay

Almost $700,000 has been granted to 95 projects over the past 12 months, in an attempt to get more young people in the region active.

The funding has been granted through the Sport New Zealand Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa fund which is administered locally by Sport Hawke’s Bay.

In the last round for the financial year, Sport Hawke’s Bay approved funding for 10 new projects, including a project through the YMCA Hawke’s Bay supporting wāhine from Hastings Girls’ High School to be active through the ‘Wāhine Moving into the Outdoors’ project. This will see girls from the Secondary School co-design the project that will link in with outdoor recreation opportunities, provide them with new skills and support resilience sessions.

“We have again been able to support a wide range of organisations in our last funding round and continue to engage with new organisations each month for future funding opportunities” Kate
Benny, Community Partnership Advisor says.

“It has been great to see the difference the funding is making to young people across the region and we are proud of the small role we have been able to play in activating thousands of tamariki and
rangatahi across the Bay”.

A total of $37,438 was granted in round 7, taking the amount granted since September 2020 to $687,391. Of the funding, 16 per cent went to Play projects, 29 per cent to Sport and 55 per cent to Active Recreation.

Sport Hawke's Bay Chief Executive Mark Aspden says as a result of this fund there are now more young people who are active around the region.

“It has been great to connect with such a wide range of organisations as a direct result of this new fund. Of the 95 approved applications in Hawke’s Bay, 55 of those have been for Play and Active
Recreation projects. A number of these are to organisations we have not worked with in previous years”.

“Through our new strategy, Sport Hawke’s Bay has made it clear that we are here to enhance the health and well-being of our communities through play, active recreation and sport opportunities.
The Tū Manawa fund has allowed us to support these communities and most importantly support a wide range of tamariki and rangatahi to be more active." 

The fund aims to support programmes or projects that focus on play, active recreation and sport experiences for tamariki and rangatahi. These may be new or already operating and there is a focus
on innovative approaches to engaging tamariki and rangatahi in quality play, active recreation and sport experiences that meet their needs.

“If you are looking at applying for funding, we encourage you to read the guidelines on our website and to get in touch with one of the team here at Sport Hawke’s Bay before applying. The more
organisations we can support the better, we are here to help," Benny adds.

Information on Year 2 of the Tū Manawa fund will be announced early next month with applications for Round 1 closing August 10 2021. More information can be found under the funding tab at