Our Melora brand was a proud sponsor of The Great Rotary Art Expo this year, “Sunshine and Canvas”. This community event featured 10 days of local creative talent including artworks to purchase, children’s art, art classes, interactive art, an art bazaar, artists in residence and displays by local art groups.
Held at Te Whare Taumata in Whakatane, the event was organized by the Rotary Sunshine Whakatane and Eastern Bay Rotary Clubs to raise funds for Jezreel House and Wairaka Centennial Park Project. The expo was visited by over 1800 people with the fundraising total yet to be announced by the Rotary Clubs.
“Over the weekend graphic designer and artist Steve Murphy, together with Joanne Black created some Banksy-style public art on the exterior of Te Whare Taumata,” reported Whakatane Beacon.“On Sunday, students from the Whakatane High School Interact Club, ran the Tried and Treasured Art Bazaar, which attracted around 60 pieces of pre-loved art for resale. The success of the event led it to being extended through until Friday afternoon.”
Aside from the fundraising efforts, all agreed this was a hugely successful event and is envisioned to become a major biennial fundraiser for Eastern Bay of Plenty community projects.
Photo Credits: Louis Klaassen for Whakatane Beacon
Representatives from O Tu Pokai Trust officially thanked New Zealand Mānuka Group for supporting upgrades to Pupuaruhe Marae at their recent AGM. The trust comprises a whanau group of 976 people and own the land where the Awakeri office of New Zealand Mānuka Group is based.
Trust representative, Pepper Hudson, explains the extra support requested was part of a much larger upgrade project for their marae including restoring carvings, new carpet and improving an extension.
“The overall project had a budget of $60,000 and the support we received from New Zealand Mānuka Group gave all our owners a new point of view of the company, everyone was very grateful for their contribution” said Pepper.
New Zealand Mānuka Group’s contribution was specifically used to raise and extend the concrete entrance area to make it accessible for people of all abilities.“We’ve been working with the trust for a number of years and are very happy to assist with their developments,” said Jerome Brosnahan, Chief Financial Officer at New Zealand Mānuka Group.
At the 2016 O Tu Pokai Trust AGM Jerome gave an informative presentation about the company, and trustees took the opportunity to show their appreciation in person.
“Jerome and New Zealand Mānuka Group were acknowledged at the AGM,” said Pepper. “Everyone at the meeting was very appreciative, and there was a huge applause from all the owners present.”