Hamilton party hinges on cash supply

GEOFF LEWIS
Last updated 10:49 03/07/2014

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With six weeks to go until the official 150th anniversary of the establishment of Hamilton, the city's celebrations are dependent on applications for charitable funding.

In March, the Hamilton City Council's external funding subcommittee approved the proposed funding and sponsorship plan for the Hamilton 150th celebrations, including a city party.

In June the subcommittee approved an application for $25,000 to Trust Waikato which followed an application to the Grassroots Trust in May for nearly $58,000 to support the estimated $131,700 cost of the November 22 event.

The city council has not provided any funding to celebrate its own 150th milestone.

A report to the subcommittee by community general manager Lance Vervoort said that if the city was not successful in obtaining support from external funders this could likely impact planned events.

A 150th anniversary working group was formed in early 2013 with Dame Malvina Major as its patron. It includes mayor Julie Hardaker along with civic, business, political and academic members.

The aim of the working group is to identify events that recognise and celebrate the 150th birthday celebration.

The key objectives of the birthday celebrations are to celebrate the 150th birthday of modern Hamilton; inspire Hamiltonians, increase city and civic pride, put Hamilton on the national stage, and to enable its citizens to celebrate their city.

This year is also a big year for several other Hamilton organisations, schools and clubs who are celebrating significant events in their own histories.

Hamilton West Primary School celebrates its 150th birthday, Wintec turns 90 and it is 50 years since the University of Waikato opened its doors. Melville High School has also celebrated its 50th jubilee, Woodstock School turns 60 and Riverlea Theatre is 30 this year.

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