Council backs dragons

An international event for breast cancer paddler teams who engage in dragonboat activities as part of post breast cancer diagnosis rehabilitation has been backed by Waipā district’s promotions fund.

Dragon boating, as seen in Wellington | Image by Brett Taylor via CC

The event will be held at Lake Karāpiro next April and is expected to attract 5000 people from around the world.

A council committee yesterday confirmed a series of grants for events in Waipā.

Major grants went on the water – $50,000 for the week-long Dragon Boat Festival next April and $20,000 for the Waka Ama national sprint championships in January – both to be held at Lake Karāpiro.

The District Promotion Committee provided a total of $243,637 to allocate – $150,000 from the 2022-23 budget and $93,637 rolled over from 2021-22 unspent funds.

A total of 37 applications were received – seeking a total of $405,670 and the council went almost completely with staff recommendations in allocating a total of $227,600.

The District Promotion committee comprised mayor Jim Mylchreest, deputy mayor Liz Stolwyk, Clare St Pierre, Marcus Gower, Philip Coles and community representatives Kevin Burgess and Merv Gyde.

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