HOW WILL IT BE FUNDED?
No ratepayer funding shall be used
The budget is $6.5 million for the construction of the whales. Funds for the development of the stories and education programmes, the construction of secure, on-site interpretation and storyboards have yet to be determined.
Budgets and an engineering report are available and a site-specific feasibility assessment is currently underway with the first report in our hands, by engineering firm BECA NZ Ltd. A publicly-notified resource consent would be required from Kapiti Coast District Council and the Trust is working closely with the Mayor and council officers to streamline that process.
The trust’s position in realising this exciting sculptural installation is that no ratepayer funds shall be used. It is envisaged that Whale Song will be funded in the following ways:
Private investors are being sought to enable this project to move forward with funding for concept and story development, feasibility, detailed costings and consents, plus potential for;
The provision of land for placement of “Whale Song.”
*Through the generous support of the Ngahina Development Ltd this key item has been been secured. A 100+ year perpetual lease has been signed on the one acre site as described earlier in this document.
Naming rights over the sculpture
Lotteries Significant Grants fund
Provincial Growth Fund
Seeking contributions from philanthropists with a connection to, or deep interest in, the area, whales or conservation.
Legacy gifting – for those wanting to leave a long term legacy for the region.
Donations or services in kind from and through local businesses
Merchandising – some examples below
Donation of commercial space (e.g. warehouse, hangar, land with temporary building) for the duration of the construction
Collection of aluminium by the community and from Council’s waste collection
Sponsorship arrangements for
- construction and materials
- legal – Many thanks to Kapiti Law
- accounting – Many thanks to Deans and Associates
- web production and other marketing services
Wages offset by employing labouring staff through TaskForce Green or other subsidised programmes.
Community fundraising – for example, Humpback ‘piggy banks’ in retail outlets; merchandising
Seeking grants from arts bodies, community trusts
For further information or if you are wanting to discuss joining us on this exciting journey,