Pasifika churches get $10m government funding
Published: Oct 2, 2020 · Updated: Dec 1, 2020
Pasifika churches around the country are receiving nearly ten million dollars in government help for renovations and improvements which will create jobs in the communities they serve.
The $9.5m of funding is from the Provincial Growth Fund Covid Response package to redeploy workers whose jobs have been affected by the pandemic.
The money will go to 27 regional Pasifika churches outside the main metropolitan centres which applied to the fund.
Churches benefitting from the funding are in provincial New Zealand outside the big cities from Balclutha to Oamaru and up to Waikato.
The money will be used for much-needed renovations and improvements for church facilities used by congregations and communities.
It is estimated the renovation work will provide up to 400 jobs, including opportunities for Pacific youth to gain work experience.
The churches provide a large range of services to their congregations and wider communities, including arts, social and cultural events, as well as temporary accommodation for homeless families.
They have been described as vibrant, active villages. The churches which have received the funding say they are delighted by the government help.
One South Island church, Timaru's Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga says the congregation was overwhelmed with joy when they heard the news, with parishioners shedding tears of happiness.
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