Just a day after announcing financial help for the culture community and for farmers, the Beehive brought news of even more money for those groups.
In the case of the farmers, mind you, the help is focused on just one region. The Government is investing $844,000 in King Country River Care, a group that helps farmers to lift freshwater quality and farming practice.
This followed the announcement on Wednesday of a $700 million fund that will create jobs in riparian and wetland planting, removing sediments and other initiatives to prevent farm run off entering waterways. The fund is for the primary sector, iwi/Māori, local government and their communities.
The creative sector learned the government has set up a jobseekers programme and four new funds to help the arts and music industry recover from the blow of COVID-19.
This is intended to support thousands of jobs with a $175 million package, a sum described as “a crucial economic boost to support the arts and creative sector”, which contributes nearly $11 billion a year to GDP, employs 90,000 people and supports the wellbeing of communities.
According to the details the government is offering:
- $7.9 million for Careers Support for Creative Jobseekers – a programme that will be progressively rolled out to support artists and creatives back into sustainable work and builds on the most successful aspects of the former Pathways to Arts and Cultural Employment (PACE) programme. We envisage this will help up to 2000 people over four years.
- $70 million over three years for a Creative Arts Recovery and Employment Fund to support the rebuild of the creative industries by commissioning and supporting creative projects at a national and local level. The fund will be managed to create employment, mentoring and apprenticeship opportunities, ensure vital skills, talent and creative infrastructure is not lost, and maintain public access to the arts.
- $60 million over three years for a Cultural Innovation Fund – a contestable fund to support new ways of operating, cross-sector partnerships, and create new ways to add value to the economy, particularly through digital exports. This will include supporting innovative approaches to Māori artforms and traditional knowledge.
- $20 million for a Cultural Capability Fund to focus on immediate needs in response to COVID-19, such as legal services, online delivery and audience development.
- $16.5 million for a New Zealand Music Recovery Fund specifically directed towards the contemporary popular music industry. This includes $7.1m to boost NZ on Air’s New Music programmes, $5m for a Live Music Touring Fund to support NZ acts on the domestic circuit as alert levels permit, $3m immediate support for music venues to have safe environments for audiences, workers and artists, to be administered by the NZ Music Commission, and $1.4m to help musicians recoup lost income via Outward Sounds and NZ Music Month. The support for new contemporary music and live music is expected to sustain a combined 2900 jobs over two years, produce 455 new song releases and 150 live music tours throughout New Zealand.
- The first wave of funding becomes available from July 2020.
Full details of the funding are available at mch.govt.nz
Other statements from the Beehive Bugle Brigade yesterday advised us of –
- Legisation to further improve the support system for military veterans being given a first reading;
- An attempt to gather comment on a draft Order in Council aimed at fast-tracking the reinstatement of the Christchurch Cathedral;
- The West Coast forests of Mount Te Kinga at Kotuku Whakaoho/Lake Brunner becoming the the latest predator free project to receive Government funding, a sum of $15.7 million.
This last item of expenditure includes $4.4 million from Predator Free 2050 Ltd thanks to the Provincial Growth Fund and significant in-kind contributions from the West Coast Regional Council, and community groups such as the Lake Brunner Community Catchment Care Group.
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