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Thursday June 28, 2018

Councillor pleased as Newtown Festival’s future secured By Jamie Adams

$126,000 of funding over the next three years for the Newtown Festival. There were a number of detailed questions to officers from Councillors challenging the level of funding being out of step with other festivals and questioning whether the Council should be involved in funding a festival for one specific community at this level.


Wellington City’s southern ward councillor Fleur Fitzsimons says the council’s decision to provide three years of funding for the annual Newtown Festival is proof of how important the event has become to the city as a whole. At a recent Council Strategy Committee meeting, councillors unanimously backed providing

But during debate, those strongly supporting it – which included fellow southern ward councillor David Lee and mayor Justin Lester - made the strong point that it was a music, dance and food festival that people from all over Wellington attended and valued. Fleur says this level of funding is consistent with what it has received in the past.


“It is the largest one-day community music, food and dance festival in Wellington,” she says. “Other festivals do receive funding but not as much as Newtown mainly because they are smaller and don’t have as many acts.” The Newtown Festival started as quite a small communitybased event 25 years ago and was run by the Newtown Residents

Association for years. At the suggestion of the Council last year, the operation of the Festival moved from the Residents’ Association to a specially dedicated Trust. Fleur says the Festival has been actively nourished and supported by successive Wellington City Councils and has developed a national reputation as an important platform for emerging artists.


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Three Wellington High School students have been selected in the five-student national physics team to represent New Zealand in with Nga Hau e Wha o Free Marae EntryKapa ~ All Welcome ~ Hangi $5 Beijing, China this July. Papararangi Pre-orders available Sai August, Zuni Preece and Luke Roven Haka, Toni Huata, Brannigan earned their place in the national student team Kaa, & MC Jo Paku by defeating long term rivals Onslow College in in the National Physics Tournament held Free Entry – All Welcome – Hangi $5 in Christchurch in March. Pre-orders available The Wellington High School physics team coaches, Kerry Parker and Murray Chisholm, SATURDAY are very proud of the students and says that the only other New Zealand schools to ever JULY have three students in the national five-person DOORS OPEN 5PM, STARTS 5:30PM team are Auckland Grammar and King’s DOORS OPEN 5PM, STARTS 5.30PM College. New Zealand has had a team competing in 27 CHELSEA ST, MIRAMAR the 10-nation tournament since 2003 and this For more info, contact Grant at year’s team is very keen to improve on the For more info, contact Grant at 04 388 1944 or 04 388 1944 or silver medal it gained last year in Singapore. Wellington High School Principal, Dominic Wellington High School’s national-tournament-winning physics students who are off to Beijing: Sai August, Zuni Preece and Luke Roeven with teacher Kerry Parker (left). Killalea, said the student’s success so far this Miramar & Maupuia Community Trust year is down to hard work and great teaching. PHOTO: Supplied


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