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Te Puawaitanga – Green Communities Together Fund

Te Puawaitanga – Green Communities Together funding opens on 1 July 2020. A total of $200,000 is available for distribution and grants may range from $500 to over $5,000.

Te Puawaitanga refers to a flourishing community. We're looking to fund fresh project to help Napier flourish! Does your community need plantings, community gardens, green streets, fruit forests or clean waterways? Or do you have another idea?


All applications must be completed online, however you can download the PDF application form to see what’s required.


This is not a contestable fund, which means applications will be assessed as they are received until the Fund is fully allocated or within 12-months, whichever comes first.

Fund priorities & criteria

Projects that emphasise one or more of the following, are encouraged:

  • Green streets
  • Planting and ecology
  • Flora and fauna (eg, attracting birds, bees, native plantings)
  • Pest and weed control
  • Community gardens/Maara kai
  • Fruit forests
  • Art installations
  • Clean, green spaces and waterways.
  • Capability and energy (Is there a team of people keen to be involved in and support the project? Is there existing capability within the community?)
  • Location (Is the location of the proposed project feasible, practical?)
  • Alignment (Does the project align with Council’s Greenspace Strategy and the Napier Recovery Plan? Does it align with other possible funding sources?)
  • Longevity (Will the project to be sustainable over time?)
  • Potential leverage (Could the project be developed over time to incorporate other approaches, for example social enterprise opportunities?)
  • Supporting local (Does the project support local businesses and/or incorporate a social procurement approach?)

Applications are encouraged from formal and informal groups in Napier neighbourhoods and communities. Projects must be undertaken in Napier.

Successful applications will reflect the following factors:

  • Great idea – project group will have an idea for ‘greening Napier’ which can be easily implemented and fits one or more of the priority areas
  • Community team – projects will involve a group of residents who may already be part of an existing network or who may come together specially to implement their project
  • Energy and enthusiasm – project group will demonstrate a ‘can do’ attitude and show interest in being involved in both the implementation and maintenance of their project
  • Community guardians/kaitiaki – project group will provide ongoing guardianship of their project
  • Open dialogue – project group will be open to working in partnership with and receiving advice from Napier City Council staff and other potential providers.

Applications are invited using the online Expression of Interest form. Shortlisted groups will be invited to work with Council staff to develop their project plan in order to receive funding 

 Expression of Interest Application form

All applications must be completed online, however you can download the PDF application form to see what’s required.

  • Expenditure already incurred
  • Building maintenance
  • Deposit, loan or debt repayments
  • Bank or lawyers fees
  • Organisational operating costs (such as wages/salaries, power, rent, telephone)
  • Fundraising.

Important information 

Applications will be ineligible if they are:

  • Incomplete (i.e. do not provide adequate information to be assessed)
  • Not aligned with the purpose of the Fund
  • Submitted by Napier City Council staff or their immediate family.

Recipients are required to provide a report about their project (using the report form provided with the approval letter) within one month of the project’s finish date.
Any funds that are not spent for the approved purpose, must be returned to Council.
All decisions are final and are not subject to review.

Have a question? 

Our team is happy to help - please contact us by emailing

Latest recipients

The following organisations received funding.

Organisation Name: Project Description: Funding Approved (GST excl):
Hawke's Bay Bird and Wildlife Rescue Trust Upgrade rehab facility - installation of running water and lino  $4,605.28 
Napier Central School  Plant reserve between Ormond Road and Guys Hill Road $1,739.13               
TNA Crew Mural at Allen Berry Reserve Playground $7,931.31              
Wairua Bay Regeneration Project Planting and regeneration of leased Department of Conservation land $5,300.00                  
Taradale High School Community Garden Social Club Small community garden in Taradale $4,670.00                 
Greenmeadows Rotary Club Native tree planting programme to enhance Dolbel reserve $1,350.00
Te Wai Mauri Environmental Trust Equipment for planting projects around Ahuriri $4,910.00
Tu Tangata Maraenui Trust "Spring clean" for Maraenui residents $5,436.16
Wharerangi Kindergarten Revive Essex Street Playground and Reserve with planting, seats and a mural $4,782.61
Esk Hill Residents Society Incorporated  Assist in continuing their planting program at Bay View  $8,000.00
St Augustines Scout Group Scout Hall mural and planting $5,913.04
Westshore School & Community  Develop a small community based garden at Westshore School $2,965.22
 V Hoy   Mural on Marine Parade toilet block $7,256.96
Rotary Club of Taradale - Dolbel and Halliwell Reserve Group Materials and equipment for continued maintenance of Dolbel and Halliwell Reserves  $3,478.43
Pirimai Residents Association  Seating along new Cross Country Drain pathway $9,130.43
Nelson Park School  Planting for bird and insects at the school  $2,800.00
Hawkes Bay Model Boat Club  Control the growth of weed and toxic algae in the 'middle lake' at Anderson Park $2,608.70
Maraenui Donations  Clean up of the koha shed and surrounding area in Maraenui  $2,434.78
Ryan James Artist Mural on toilet block at Ahuriri Park  $7,000.00
Awhina Hollis-English Mural inside accessible bathroom at Anderson Park  $3,000.00
Westshore Surf Lifesaving Club  Mural on Westshore Surf Lifesaving Club building $4,347.83

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