31 Mar 2011

Applications open for Hawea Vercoe fund

8:30 pm on 31 March 2011

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is calling for applications for projects that would be financed by a fund set up in the memory of former councillor Hawea Vercoe.

The council's corporate services manager, Brian Trott, says kura kaupapa, kohanga reo and bilingual schools can apply to He Matapuna Akoranga a Hawea Vercoe for up to $5000 for environmental projects.

Mr Trott told Waatea News the fund is a mark of the feelings people still hold for the young Te Arawa leader and educator, who died after being attacked in the street in Whakatane in 2009.

He says the $20,000 fund is being managed within the council's larger Environmental Enhancement Fund, which is also open for applications for community projects of up to $30,000.