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Rural Halls Maintenance Fund

Council's rural halls maintenance funding scheme is designed to assist with the building maintenance of halls in the rural and plains areas of Hastings. It does not cover ongoing operational costs or capital development.

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Applications for funding will open on March 31 and close April 28 for contracts commencing July 2023.

For help or support please contact or 06 871 5000

Rural Halls Maintenance Fund Policy

The Rural Halls Maintenance Fund Policy has been updated for the 2020 funding round. The Rural Halls Subcommittee, agreed to remove the mandatory 50% contribution that must be made by the hall. The committee will still prioritise funding to Halls that can show a strong contribution from the Hall Committee or community.

Priorities of work for building maintenance

The Rural Community Board has adopted the following priorities as a guideline when assessing applications to the rural halls maintenance fund.

Priority 1: 

Work required to address identified Health and Safety issues. This includes work on the structure which will maintain or improve strength to meet required standards, and improvements to soil drainage and effluent disposal systems.  Other examples include:

  • Improvement or treatment of contaminated water supply
  • Replacement of dangerous wiring
  • Work on unsanitary plumbing
  • Work to provide compliance with safety from falling
  • Maintenance of food preparation surfaces in kitchens

Priority 2: 

Completion of detailed earthquake assessments and subsequent strengthening work

  • Replacement of roof or other work to render the building weatherproof
  • Exterior repainting or repairs to exterior cladding, especially timber cladding and joinery
  • Re-piling

Priority 3: 

Work required to maintain weather tightness and protect external fabric from deterioration, for  example:

  • Replacement of roofing and external cladding  or other work to render the building weatherproof
  • Exterior repainting or repairs to exterior cladding, especially timber cladding and joinery
  • Re-piling
  • Replacement of rainwater disposal systems

Priority 4: 

Work required to ablution areas and kitchens to maintain imperviousness of floor and walls to service areas.

Please note: Work to food preparation surfaces is included in Priority 1.

  • Replacement of vinyl flooring in service areas
  • Painting of internal walls, ceilings in service areas
  • Replacement of fittings and flooring

Priority 5: 

Work to maintain appearance in other spaces

  • General flooring replacement
  • General repainting and redecoration


For further information read the Rural Halls Maintenance Fund Policy (available in 'related documents' section at the bottom of this page) and/or contact the Community Grants & Projects Advisor.

Funding Recipients

Rural Hall Project Received 
Kereru Hall Society Roof repairs $8,619
Waimarama Maraetotara Memorial Hall Amenities upgrade $6,427
Maraekakaho Church Hall Trust External repairs, maintenance and painting $7,671
Rural Hall Project Received 
Tutira community Hall Re piling and strengthening works $64,124.00
Patoka Memorial Hall Bathroom refurbishment $3,750.00
St Therese Hall, Whakatu Hall upgrade, including floors and outside painting $1,300.00
Twyford Raupare Recreation Hall Hall upgrades, including wall and ceiling works $39,626.76
Kereru Hall Upgrading the electricity supply $4,241.28
Sherenden Hall Rainwater and gutters project $7,000.00

In May 2020 Hastings District Council, in partnership Rural Community Board where successful in getting additional funding for the below rural halls from the Provincial Growth Fund

Rural Hall Project Received
Waikare and District Sports Club Roofing and Internal repairs $84,664
Matapiro and Districts Recreation Hall Roofing repairs $20,407
Te Awanga Community Hall Flooring upgrade $2,908
Kereru Hall Flooring repairs and planting $11,280
Poukawa Hall External weatherboard repairs $34,400
Kaiwaka Hall Builing painting $4,246
Maraekakaho Hall Electrical and safety enhancements $132,489
Rural Hall Project Received
Twyford and Raupare Memorial Hall Hall upgrades $4,200
Sherenden Hall New water pump $800
Waimarama Maraetotora Memorial Hall Replace main switchboard and kitchen upgrade $8,000
Matapiro Upgrade to bathrooms $3,000
Clive Community Hall Upgrade to Kitchen $4,000
Rural Hall Project Received
Te Awanga Community Hall Roof Repair $3,824
Farndon Park Refinish interior $3,361
Twyford and Raupare Memorial Hall Install Fire Alarm and Monitering System $6,288
Patoka War Memorial Hall Heat Pump $1,733
Maraekakaho Hall Earthquake Strengthening assessment $5,750


Rural Hall Project Received
Kaiwaka Hall Replacement of a hot water cylinder and installation $1,788
Te Awanga Hall Installation of a heat pump into the meeting room $1,380
Clive Community Hall Upgrade of electrical fittings to gain certificate of compliance $610
Patoka Hall Installation of heat pump $1,833
Waimarama/Maraetotara Hall Repair of leaking roof $6,040
Pakowhai Hall Stormwater upgrade $1,500
Kereru Hall Hot water system and urinal upgrade $5,828
Waikare & Districts Sports Club Water system and coolstore repair and replacement costs $4,119

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