Russell Right-Of-Way Gets Community Board Cash

Friday 5 October 2012, 5:35PM

By Far North District Council



A trust which runs Russell Museum will get community board funds to improve a public right-of-way near the museum.

The Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board will give the Russell Centennial Trust Board $3895 towards $8300 costs of upgrading a legal road called the Walker Passage.

The trust plans to reform the first 20 metres of the grass passage from The Strand to the Tamati Waka Nene Maori Reserve, using concrete aggregate and timber battens.

It will also fence the passage with manuka palings of varying heights, plant shrubs and build a gateway where the passage joins the reserve.

The grant was one of three community grants totalling $6186.25, which the board allocated at its September meeting.

It also gave:

  • $2000 to Citizens Advice Bureau Far North towards $5000 salary costs of employing an office manager and information officers at its Kerikeri office
  • $291.25 to Waimate North resident Graham Clifford to landscape around a bus shelter at the corner of Te Ahu Ahu and Waimate Roads.


The board declined a community grant request from Riverview School which sought $5448 towards $45,000 costs of building a junior playground at the school.

Most board members did not believe that ratepayers should fund equipment on Ministry of Education land.

It also declined a grant request from Cape Brett Challenge organiser Jan Danilo-Garbacki who sought $4000 towards $11,450 costs of staging the run/walk event in April 2013.

The board has referred the application to the Council’s economic development advisor Gary Gabbitas to see if it fits the criteria for funding under the Council’s events strategy.