Community organisation Sport Bay of Plenty is putting its weight behind the TECT proposal to transform the trust into a fully charitable venture, and is hosting three information sessions for the public on the matter.
The meetings will take place in Tauranga, Te Puke, and Katikati, and will be hosted by Sport Bay of Plenty staff with a TECT representative in attendance to outline the proposal and answer questions.
Sport Bay of Plenty chief executive Heidi Lichtwark says TECT currently plays a ‘vital role' in supporting the development of our local sport and recreation sector.
“This is achieved both its annual funding to our organisation (in order for us to continue our work as advocates and facilitators within the sector) and its regular grants to local community groups.
“By becoming the TECT Charitable Trust, therefore significantly increasing the pool of funding available for the Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty communities, more sport and recreation groups would be able to reach their full potential and in turn help our people achieve their goals.
“This is all for the benefit of an enriched Bay of Plenty. Whether you are an active participant or not, sport and recreation (in all its forms) is integral to helping create a vibrant, innovative and diverse cultural environment within our city.
“This environment then has a positive impact on the growth and development of our people and communities, and keeps growing our region for the betterment of generations to come. This is why Sport Bay of Plenty supports the organisation's proposed changes.”
Creative Bay of Plenty general manager Meagan Davis says her organisation will also be hosting an information evening for their sector on Wednesday from 4/5pm.
“Creative Bay of Plenty has been a grateful recipient of TECT support previously. We hope the public will support the TECT proposal as a larger granting fund will enable arts and culture to thrive in our region.”
Sport Bay of Plenty TECT Proposal Information Sessions
February 9 – Village Cinema, Tauranga
February 12 – The Orchard Youth Hall, Te Puke
February 13 – Katikati Resource Centre
All sessions are at 12pm, with tea and coffee provided.