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What is this all about?
Important information to inform you.

We need your help:

  • To protect what we have grown

  • To encourage progressive ways to support the community through Creativity, Arts and Culture.

  • Your support to see the village as an Arts, Culture and Community space and valued for what it contributes back to the city

  • To see the Village as a beacon of successful community led success

  • To keep grassroots arts accessible to all

We are proud to have just reached our 10-year milestone where together as a community we have transformed the Village into a thriving home for arts and culture, a place where locals and visitors alike can connect with artists, participate in arts experiences, and celebrate a sense of belonging.

Do you remember what it was like in 2013? Empty shops, tumbleweeds and existing under the looming threat of the Village being divested?  We can hand on heart say we collectively saved the Village and gave it a pulse. 

Our vision was to create an Arts movement that was inclusive, offered opportunities, spaces and events that supported artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, ceramicists and equally importantly that grew a vibe and sense of inclusivity and vibrancy for our city that was sadly lacking. This is how far we have come but what is important is what we need to do NOW!

How do we enable the next stages to thrive and to realise the true potential of the Historic Village to our city?

Our submission is to inspire the commissioners and council leadership team to be BRAVE and BOLD and allow the Incubator Creative Hub to continue trailblazing and transformative developments  for grassroots arts culture. This will become an enduring and successful legacy for our city and people.

We are grateful for the tautoko of our service to the community and the reputation we have built nationally for the Village.

We acknowledge the investment and support to date.


The Incubator is generative- for every dollar we receive in funding or support, we return this with interest to the community- through our programmes, through our support for artists, and through our commitment to accessibility and staggering  commitment from volunteerism.  

The Incubator is seeking an authentic and enduring partnership with Tauranga City council that gives us the ability to continue the transformative progress of the Historic Village into a Community and Arts hub.  A village that is inclusive of all the community entities and encourages a barrier free place for the people of the Bay of Plenty to work, visit, shop, eat, connect and be entertained. 

The proposed increase in lease and rental costs at the Historic Village seems more aligned to a business park model. These developments will have a fatal impact on the many community organisations that have made the Village what it is today.
We urge the commissioners to reconsider the impacts on community tenants at the Village and to investigate alternative options than currently exist.

The Incubator Creative Hub submits to the Long term Plan to ensure its survival and sustainability.

With the proposed increase to the users fees and services (The second staggering rent increases in 3 years) will have an immediate impact on our ability to deliver programmes and services to the community.

With the current constraints on community funding, it is becoming increasingly hard to see how we can sustain this pattern of continual rental increases, particularly if they continue to escalate at a pace which is well above inflation. 

We acknowledge the costs of improvements to make buildings habitable and safe however the value of what we bring to the city and that of the other tenants who live and breathe goodwill for our community should not be overlooked.

With the support of the commission through the Long term plan process we will up the ante for the Village and Tauranga as one of the most recognised and comprehensive arts destinations in the country.

He tāngata ako ana I te kaingā, te turanga ki te marae, tau ana.
A person nurtured in the community, contributes strongly to society.

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15th December

Long-term Plan 2024-2034 submission for support of the Incubator Creative Hub 

This is vital  feedback, to continue moving Tauranga forward over the next 10 years and beyond

You may wish to also speak to the commissioners in person at the hearings to support your written submission.

Be creative -The more compelling and positive your story is the better! Tell them why the arts are powerful and shouldn't be compromised.

In person submissions will be between 12-14th February 2024. You can check the box on our form.

We encourage you to research the other opportunities to give feedback here.

Please note we may use content or quotes from you submission to support the cause but we will not use names.   

Reference documents for your information

Papers we have found as important references on the value of social impact and Arts and Culture to our economy are available to read here amongst other important documents.

TCC LTP FULL Consultation Document Here:

The new user fees and charges section is from pg. 62-63. It talks about "use of land or building for a lease of licence to occupy.

Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Act 2019

Provides for local authorities to play a broad role in promoting the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of their communities, taking a sustainable development approach. Read the Act here

The Historic Village Strategic Plan 
A unique, inspired and diverse community hub that provides a multitude of experiences catering to a wide range of people, all in one location. See here.

Charitable Sector Insights by ImpactLab

An introduction to Social Return on Investment across Aotearoa NZ report here

Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture & Heritage 
Arts & Creativity $14.9 Billion Sector
Arts and creative sector economic profiles report here.

Tauranga Mataraunui – Inclusive City Strategy

Tauranga Mataraunui provides a pathway to becoming an inclusive city, and through this to lifting each other up.
This strategy seeks to support people to flourish. Read here

Tauranga City Council Arts, Culture and Heritage Action & Investment Plan 

Together, our communities have told us they want to live in a vibrant city that celebrates arts, culture and heritage. See plan here.

 Whakahou Taketake Vital Update/Tauranga 2023 Report Here

Tauranga City Council Community Wellbeing Strategic Plan 2018-21 
The Community Wellbeing Strategic Plan will help us prioritise investment and resourcing of community wellbeing initiatives in our city, so that Tauranga is a place where people want to live, work, invest and visit. Draft plan here.

Privacy Statement relating to submissions to Tauranga City Council

Written submissions including supporting documentation may contain personal information within the meaning of the Privacy Act 2020. By taking part in this public submission process, submitters agree to any personal information (including names and contact details) in their submission being made available to the public as part of the consultation and decision-making process. Council may choose to redact information from submissions before making them public. Council will use your personal information to contact you regarding your submission such as to arrange a time for you to speak to Council in support of your submission, or to update you on the outcome of your submission. The submission form contains some fields that are mandatory which are marked with an *. If you do not provide us with this information, we may be unable to contact you about your submission. All information collected will be held by Tauranga City Council, He Puna Manawa, 21 Devonport Road, Tauranga, 3143. Submitters have the right to request access to and correction of their personal information. For further information about this and our obligations and your rights under the Privacy Act 2020, including how we may redact submissions before publishing them online and in Council documents, please refer to Council’s Privacy Statement on their website: 

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