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Community Initiatives

Keep up to date with projects and initiatives around Central Hawke's Bay

Community Services Roadshow

Our Community Services Roadshow visits townships around the district taking services to on the road. The collaborative roadshow offers all sorts of services from AA and Library, rates support, budgeting advice, job seeker, driver licencing and more. 

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Christmas in Central Hawke's Bay

 Every year the community celebrates Christmas in Hawke's Bay in various ways, from shop window displays, late night shopping, Santa and his Elves making street visits thanks to our local fire brigades and so much more!

Our main streets in Waipukurau and Waipawa are brought to life with wooden Christmas trees hand painted by local artist Jaine Hansen and students from Central Hawke's Bay College, and the final piece which brings joy to everyone passing is the community Christmas Tree that stands tall and proud at the Greenpatch in Waipukurau.

In 2019 the Waipukurau Arts and Crafts Club applied to the Community pride and Vibrancy Fund to make a metal shell of a Christmas tree, it was then dressed with crochet squares.

Last year the community Christmas tree was coloured with hand painted ornaments, everyone was encouraged to collect some of these ornaments from the Waipawa Library or the Knowledge and Learning Hub - Te Huinga Wai, in Waipukurau. People could decorate these ornaments and then return them to the community Christmas tree for everyone to enjoy.


Who will decorate the Community Christmas Tree in 2022?

For Christmas in 2022 we are looking for a community group or club to apply for the Creative Communities Scheme Fund or Community Pride and Vibrancy Fund to decorate the tree. 

Do you think you have an idea to help bring Christmas to Central Hawke's Bay this year? 

You can find out more about the funding options available to help you get the most out of this project below.

We can't wait to see what will be created this year!



Creative Communities Scheme Funding

Local Arts & Activities

Dance  -  Workshops  -  Exhibitions  - Concerts  -  Arts Equipment -  Youth Arts Events


Applications for Creative Communities Scheme funding have now opened! 

The fund is available for distribution to local groups, or individuals for the funding of local arts projects and activities. 

The proposed project must meet one or more of the three funding criteria: 

  • Encourage broad community involvement
  • Support cultural diversity
  • Enable young people to actively participate in the arts.

You can download the application form here

Refer to the CCS Application Guide for assistance with completing an application. 

Click here to view the successful applicants of the most recent funding round

Refer to the Community Funding Policy listed above for information about eligibility and the application process.

Applications close 18 February 2022.

For further information regarding the scheme, please contact Bridget Cover on on 857 8060 or email

The Community Pride & Vibrancy fund seeks to seeks to support community opportunities to create pride and vibrancy in Central Hawke’s Bay.  The fund supports projects that are an activity, programme or development that will occur in a public space and promotes our community to THRIVE.

Successful applications will result in outcomes that support our communities identity, attract people’s interest, inspire and engage people and overall, contribute to a sense of community. Applications to the fund may not always be monetary and could include the provision of material, labour or other support.

The funds available each financial year are

  • Year 2 2019/20                   $15,000
  • Year 3 2020/21 onwards $20,000

By resolution of the elected council, this fund may increase or decrease.  Central Hawke’s Bay District Councils financial year is 1 July – 30 June.

Applications for the Community Pride & Vibrancy fund are now open and applications may be submitted at any time.  The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council Community Development Committee will meet regularly throughout the year to assess applications.  Applications must be submitted at least one month before the planned start date of your activity, event or project.

Funding criteria is contained in the application form available here

For further information about eligibility or the application process refer to the Community Funding Policy listed above or you can contact us on 857 8060 or via email: . 

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