Wednesday 9 August 2017
Selection of sponsored events and a change to the External Funding Applications Policy were the key outcomes of Hamilton City Council’s Community and Services Committee’s August meeting.
The Council funds a small number of events annually through its Event Sponsorship Fund, and the Committee endorsed a recommendation from staff to fund eight events over the next three financial years.
The events selected for funding were:
- The Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival
- Balloons Over Waikato
- New Zealand Marching Championships for 2018
- Hamilton Christmas Trust’s Christmas events for 2017 and 2018
- Hockey New Zealand/National Hockey League’s 2018 Seniors Tournament
- National Leisure Marching Display Day for 2019
- NZ Brass Band Championships 2019.
Decision-making on funded events is based on the Council’s Event Sponsorship Policy, and is informed by several factors including out-of-town visitors expected to attend. Funded events have contractual obligations to deliver once organisers receive confirmed financial support from the Council.
In dealing with a report on the Council’s use of funding from gaming trusts, the Committee explored a number of matters relating to its Gaming Policy, including its role in administering the placement of gaming machines colloquially referred to as “pokies”. The Committee voted in favour of reviewing its Class 4 Gaming Venue Policy – with a draft policy to be tabled later this year – and also to exclude gaming trusts as a source of funding for the Council’s projects.
The gaming item decision means staff will now need to alter their funding approach to the financing of two planned playgrounds for the city’s northwest, which was also discussed at the meeting.
The Committee also received numerous information reports, including Annual Reports from the University of Waikato Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts (to which the Council is a financial contributor), and the Meteor Theatre (which the Council gifted to the One Victoria Trust).
A decision on the leasing of a number of Council-owned buildings was deferred pending further discussion on the Council’s Community Occupancy Policy. The policy, which outlines how the Council manages the leasing of its buildings, is set to be reviewed in February 2018.
Former track cyclist and Olympic and Commonwealth gold medallist Sarah Ulmer spoke on behalf of Te Awa The Great NZ River Ride, and provided the Committee with an update on the ongoing progress and development of the project through the Waikato region. The Te Awa River Ride Charitable Trust, which is managing the project, envisages a day-long cycle trail ride through the city.
Editor’s note: This media advisory serves only as a summary of the Committee’s meeting and the business it dealt with, and is not the formal minutes.