media such as Facebook, Neighbourly and Volunteer Hawke’s Bay.
Sourcing funding is a full-time activity for the Board of four, consisting of Barry Cole, Bev Watkins, David Shand and Peter Dunkerley, who says, “We do all the money stuff to enable it to work long-term, developing the strategic plans to make the organisation sustainable into the future, but most of our effort goes into chasing funding.
“We have been very much supported from the beginning by Hastings District Council – by former mayor Lawrence Yule, now mayor Sandra Hazelhurst [Hazlehurst] and councillor Malcolm Dixon. We have received $25,000 per annum from them and with extra project funding of $6,000 per annum for three years we have been able to cover wages of the staff.
Dunkerley reports major success in acquiring funding of $25,000 in 2019 from Napier City Council, and will be asking again for further grants. But the longer-term goal is to secure council funding on a three-year basis, including help from the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. “So, if we got three lots of $25,000 per year that would make the whole thing more viable.”
The Board also seeks project grants from public charities and other sources and has received donations from philanthropic individuals that helped them through a shortfall in 2017. This year they hope to break even.
“Next year we hope to be able to take a step forward. We need to be able to look after our staff a little more fairly and to look at a longer term structure because we really need a manager, someone to liaise between the Board and the staff, so we are getting the word out.” The manager would need to be a volunteer because a paid manager would require considerable extra funding.
The Knowledge Bank recently has launched its new website thanks to Mogul and their employee Chris Webb, who is also a volunteer with Knowledge Bank. ‘Spec’d’ at $30,000, they got it done for $12,000, with a mix of professional input from Mogul and funding through Eastern and Central
Communities Trust and public charities.
The major projects keeping everyone very busy include the Spiller photography collection from Napier. With a million images it is like “eating the elephant a teaspoon at a time” according to Peter Dunkerley.
The Balfour diaries are being transcribed – the daily diaries of a Hawke’s Bay farmer, giving great insights on the early history of Hastings. They are working with MTG on this project with a volunteer working at MTG two days a week using their equipment. The information will go up on the MTG website, but will be accessible from HBKB website. “Our vision is to work with the Hastings and Havelock Libraries in a similar way and in particular we are connecting with young people, they are our future and it is a high priority and it’s working,” says Dunkerley.
Paid commissioned work is given priority and an example is the John Bostock family histories. Bostock is publishing a book and the volunteers have been assisting by archiving and image scanning photographs.
Bigger things like the A & P Show will be a future project, hopefully to be funded by HDC. This will be a major history of the Show’s first five years and Dunkerley is certain that amongst the volunteers someone will have a passion for it and take up the challenge.
So much more could be done, like connecting with the Central Hawke’s Bay and Wairoa Museums to share historical knowledge. However it all requires funding and the freely-given time of the volunteers who work so hard.
The Hawke’s Bay Knowledge Bank would welcome more of both!
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