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Tauranga Western Bay Community Event Fund is getting a new look

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The Tauranga Western Bay Community Event Fund (TWBCEF) has been established by five local funders (Acorn Foundation, BayTrust, Tauranga City Council, TECT and Western Bay of Plenty District Council) to provide a more streamlined application process when seeking funding for community events. The joint fund allows event organizers to submit a single funding application to a single funding pool, reducing the administrative burden of securing event funding.

In its third year of funding local community events, the TWBCEF ensures local residents and visitors can experience and enjoy a wide range of events throughout the year.

The latest update to the fund sees the brand name being refreshed to become a truer representation of the fund, focusing on the fact that the fund is simply a community events fund for the Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty region .

The new TWBCEF logo symbolizes the communities it supports by depicting both the waves crashing against the coastline of Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty and the rolling Kaimai Ranges, which shelter us inland. The five curves that make up the logo’s icon serve as a visual representation of the collaboration between five local funders that make up the TWBCEF (Acorn Foundation, BayTrust, Tauranga City Council, TECT and Western Bay of Plenty District Council).

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Western Bay of Plenty District Council Community and Strategic Relationships Manager Jodie Rickard says it is great to see the natural features of the region reflected in the new branding.

“Those who live in Tauranga and the Western Bay are proud of our beautiful natural environment. Bringing the partner organizations together under one logo that celebrates the place we live clearly symbolizes the collaborative spirit of our community,” said Rickard.

Tauranga City Council Venues and Events Manager Nelita Byrne loves how the new logo design embodies the spirit of our city and region.

“This fund is all about our community, so it’s great to have a logo that shows our unique place. We are proud to support community events, and having a strong brand alongside these efforts underlines our commitment and encourages more event organizers to join the fund,” said Byrne.

The new branding is now live and event organizers can now access the brand guidelines and new logo files on the fund’s website for supported events.

In addition to the fund’s brand refresh announcement, 25 events received a total of $267,100 from the first round of the 2024-2025 funding year.

These events will be spread over the coming months through April 2025 and will include a number of regular, much-loved events as well as new events in the region. They are all community-driven events, with the aim of enriching our communities through active participation and inclusion.

Funding recipient events:

  • In Kete Matariki held on 28 June 2024 at Jubilee Park, Te Puke.
  • Tauranga Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge held on July 3, 2024 at the Mercury Baypark Arena.
  • Hume 5km and 10km fun run/walk held on July 6, 2024 at the Katikati War Memorial Hall.
  • Whai NBL home game
    held on July 9, 2024 at Mercury Baypark Arena.
  • Watch Waihi Beach Matariki Dawn and have breakfast held on July 12, 2024 at Waihi Beach.
  • Karohirohi, Opus Orchestra Concerto held from 16 – 26 July 2024 in Baycourt, Tauranga.
  • North Island School Cyclocross Champs and Summerhill CX held on 21 July 2024 at Summerhill MTB Park, Papamoa.
  • Celebrating Vanuatu’s Independence Day held on July 30, 2024 at the Papamoa Sports and Recreation Centre, Papamoa.
  • Whānau Mārama New Zealand International Film Festival held from 15 to 28 August 2024 at Luxe Cinemas, Tauranga.
  • Tauranga Primary Schools Music Festival held from 26 to 30 August 2024 in Baycourt, Tauranga.
  • 2024 Zespri AIMS games held from 7 to 13 September 2024 at various locations in Tauranga and Western Bay.
  • Chilean Independence Day
    held on September 14, 2024 at the Papamoa Sports and Recreation Centre, Papamoa.
  • Whai Tauihi home game held on 5 October 2024 at QEYC, Tauranga.
  • Whai Tauihi Home game held on 11 October 2024 at QEYC, Tauranga.
  • Toi Kiri World Indigenous Festival held from 14 to 24 October 2024 at Whareroa Marae and Reserve, Mount Maunganui.
  • Whai Tauihi home game
    held on 7 November 2024 at QEYC, Tauranga.
  • Whai Tauihi home game
    held on 23 November 2024 at QEYC, Tauranga.
  • Tauranga Diwali Festival
    held on 23 November 2024 at The Historic Village, Tauranga.
  • Katikati Christmas series
    held from November 23 to December 30, 2024 at The Arts Junction, Katikati.
  • Kabaddi sports tournament held on 24 November 2024 at Centennial Park, Te Puke.
  • Christmas in the Park held on 14 December 2024 at Jubilee Park, Te Puke.
  • An evening before Christmas held on December 14, 2024 at Bethlehem College Fields.
  • Mount Festival of Multisport held on January 18, 2025 at Pilot Bay, Mount Maunganui.
  • Whai NBL home game
    held on March 14, 2025 at the Mercury Baypark Arena.
  • Aramex Kiwi Walk & Run Series – McLaren Falls held on April 26, 2025 in McLaren Falls, Kaimais.

The Tauranga Western Bay Community Event Fund website has more details about this and other events supported by the TWBCEF.

Applications for the second round of the TWBCEF are now open at www.communityeventfund.nz

Fund organizers, Acorn Foundation, BayTrust, Tauranga City Council, TECT and Western Bay of Plenty District Council are inviting new applications for community events to be submitted before the closing date of June 20, 2024. Decisions on the second round of the fund will be announced by July 20, 2024.

The maximum funding cap per event is $50,000 for events in Tauranga and $15,000 for events in the Western Bay of Plenty.

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