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Heritage Festival 2021

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Important information


Ryman Healthcare Heritage Fund

We are excited to announce the launch of the Ryman Healthcare Heritage Fund, which is open to all community organisers of the Auckland Heritage Festival for the first time in 2021. The purpose of this fund is to enhance events and entice new contributors to the festival.


How much 
Contributors can apply for grants up to $500.


Funding Outcomes

The grant is open to applicants who are delivering Auckland based projects and events as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival. This funding must be used in events accepted in the 2021 Auckland Heritage Festival. Evidence of funding spent may be requested. 


Ryman Healthcare Heritage Fund will go towards:

  • Enhancing & enriching events in the Auckland Heritage Festival
  • Building community capacity to deliver events
  • Removing financial barriers from contributors who were unable to apply previously

What can the fund be spent on?

Funding can be spent on resources or services that support the event on offer.

Some examples include, a walking tour that wishes to offer a minibus to transport attendees back to the start, a talk that wishes to hand out resources and needs funds in order to source the materials or using the funds for marketing or social media.

Applications are invited from individuals, not-for-profit, incorporated societies, charitable and voluntary organisations who have a project idea that will meet the fund outcomes (as listed above).

Auckland Heritage Festival 2021 Theme:

This year’s theme is: Topography, taonga and trailblazers of Tāmaki Makaurau

Learn about Auckland’s rich heritage – from our natural landscape and historic architecture, through incredible treasures, to stories of our trailblazing people; all of which have made Tāmaki Makaurau the desire of many. In addition to the Festival theme, events are also encouraged to align with these main areas:


  • Learning and encouragement: Events designed to up-skill and inform the local community and to encourage greater understanding of our heritage through workshops and lectures.
  • Celebrating our heritage: Events that celebrate Auckland’s distinct built, cultural and natural heritage.
  • Children and young people: Events suitable for families or aimed at young people. Please keep in mind when planning your event that both weeks of the festival are during the school holidays so we're keen to include events suitable for families with young children. Please consider this when you are organising your events.


Festival Criteria

To have your event considered for the 2021 festival it must include:

  • original stories about our people, places, landscape and pioneering spirit; a unique Auckland and our mana whenua
  • be an event (categories include events, entertainment, performance & film, demos or workshops, talks and seminars, tours and walks, online event & displays and exhibitions)
  • be free or offered at a minimal cost
  • incorporate the overarching theme of this year’s festival
  • incorporate an aspect of learning or awareness of Auckland’s heritage
  • be intended primarily for the Auckland Heritage Festival 2021
  • be held within the dates of the festival ( 2nd  October to 17th October 2021) – if your event falls outside these dates we may not accept it.

Your event must not:

  • promote the contributor’s business
  • generate financial benefit for the contributors
  • promote a political agenda.

Promotional support

  • Council has a number of channels where your event can be promoted free of charge. 
  • Start by visiting and filling out a simple form to have your event listed on the Our Auckland website.

Contact us at or phone 09 301 0101 if you need assistance with completing this form.