It was not easy for the Hawke's Bay Regional Council to accommodate all the funding requests lodged through this year's annual plan process.

Chairman Fenton Wilson said while it was challenging to oblige all the funding assistance requests, council would be focusing on how to address this issue before next year's annual plan round.

"While we have been unable to provide financial assistance to other groups with worthwhile projects around the region, including some in Wairoa and Central Hawke's Bay, council is keen to keep communicating with those groups with the view to partnering with them in the future where it is appropriate," he said.

The big winners from this year's round were Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, which was granted $200,000, and the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group, which was given $40,000.


The iwi will use the money to assist it in its preparation for Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival being held in Hawke's Bay next year, and the management group will use the money to help with its operational costs.

A council spokeswoman said the management group had been successful in progressing enhancement work within the Whangawehi Catchment and the council planned to meet with the group to find a more sustainable solution for the future.

Mr Wilson says the work the group does is important for ongoing sustainable hill country management in the Wairoa District.

The spokeswoman said the authority was also able to assist the Nga Tukemata o Kahungunu Charitable Trust to the tune of $5000, which would go towards Waitangi Day celebrations.

"I am pleased we have been able to assist some worthy projects in the region and still keep the proposed rate rise to 4.95 per cent," Mr Wilson said.

Moreover, the council has agreed to invest $300,000 in buying a third share of the Waipataki Camping Ground, subject to Hastings District and Napier City councils contributing the same amount.

The spokeswoman said the decision was also subject to agreeing suitable governance and ownership terms.