May 12, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Hawea Vercoe Commemoration Fund closes 15 April

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(Bay of Plenty News) A fund to commemorate the late Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor Hawea Vercoe has been launched and is open for applications.

He Matapuna Akoranga a Hawea Vercoe – Hawea Vercoe Commemoration Fund will operate through Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s existing Environmental Enhancement Fund, which is also open for applications.

The commemoration fund has $20,000 available to Kura Kaupapa Maori, Kohanga Reo and bilingual schools for environmental projects. Schools can apply for up to $5000 for any one project.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council group manager of corporate services, Brian Trott, said the fund was established in memory of the late councillor Hawea Vercoe.

The 36-year-old died in Whakatane on November 22, 2009 after he was attacked in the street. A father of six, he was principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Rotoiti and in his first term as Okurei Maori Constituency member for the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

“He Matapuna Akoranga a Hawea Vercoe – Hawea Vercoe Commemoration Fund aims to foster Hawea’s passion for Maori education and the environment and continue his legacy in the region,” Mr Trott said.

As well as this fund the 2011 funding round for Environmental Enhancement Fund is also open for applications.

“The Environmental Enhancement Fund is a great opportunity for community groups who are keen to improve the environment to gain some financial support and valuable advice,” Mr Trott said.

Over the past 10 years more than 300 projects have been supported through the fund.

Groups can apply for up to $30,000 from the Environmental Enhancement Fund to enhance the natural or historic character of an important area.

Applications for both funds close on April 15 at 4.30pm.

For more information or application packs contact Bay of Plenty Regional Council on 0800 884 880.

The application packs are also available at regional council offices and online at

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