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The Tararua District Council has recently allocated just over $11,500 from the Creative Communities Scheme.

The biggest amount - $2141 – was allocated to the Woodville Art & History Group for the grand opening of the new Gallery & Art Exhibition.

Dannevirke Theatre Company and the Dannevirke Pipe Band were each awarded $2000.

The next funding round from the Creative Communities Scheme is in September, with applications opening in August.

  • Pahiatua Repertory Society Cinderella - A Musical/Pantomine Show $1,315.50
  • Woodville Art & History Grand opening of new Gallery & Art Exhibition $2,141.00
  • Morepork Mountain Trust Writing Wananga - To Gather local Māori writers and poets together to create new works $1,395.98
  • Morepork Mountain Trust Two day workshop making Putangitangi $1,351.05
  • Dannevirke Theatre Company Amateur Theatre Production - One flew over the Cuckoos Nest $2,000.00
  • Lisa Allan Poi making and waiata workshop $455.00
  • Jane Ross Film Festival in Pahiatua - To shine a light on local film makers and cinema going on  in the Tararua District $989.00
  • Dannevirke Pipe Band Tuition fees for new drummers $2,000.00

Total allocated


Central Hawke’s Bays Shelley Burne-Field is the only New Zealand writer to be shortlisted for the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

Her story, Speaking in Tongues, which is described as being about loss of language, about community, and about being seen and heard, was one of 26 shortlisted from more than 6700 entries across 52 Commonwealth countries.

Regional winners will be announced on May 23rd, with the overall winner announced on June 21st.


Hawke’s Bay recorded 167 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.

The number brings the regions total number of active cases to 1,572, with 11 people in hospital.

There were 20 new cases in CHB yesterday, with the district sitting at 154 active cases.

Tararua District had 140 cases as at yesterday.