Plun­ket set to rise from ashes

Central Leader - - News - By Heather McCracken

New Plun­ket rooms are on the way to re­place the San­dring­ham Plun­ket build­ings de­stroyed by ar­son last year.

Auck­land City Coun­cil is work­ing on de­signs for a new, larger build­ing.

Plun­ket com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Kate Saun­ders says fundrais­ing is un­der way.

“We’re still wait­ing on how much money we’ll need to pro­vide, but we’re try­ing to fundraise in the mean­time.”

A pub quiz is be­ing held at the Kings­lan­der pub on New North Rd on Au­gust 25 to kick off fundrais­ing ef­forts.

The coun­cil-owned build­ing, used by Plun­ket and chil­dren’s play­groups, burned down on Guy Fawkes night.

Toys, books and games were de­stroyed, but hun­dreds of re­place­ments were do­nated by read­ers af­ter a Cen­tral Leader cam­paign.

The fire was one of a string of blazes at com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing an Ep­som bowl­ing club, a Mt Roskill kinder­garten and an Avon­dale ko­hanga reo.

Ms Saun­ders says they’re look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a pur­pose-built base to suit their ac­tiv­i­ties. Clin­ics are now be­ing held in the vicarage of­fice at St Martins Church in Mt Al­bert.

Coun­cil com­mu­nity ser­vices com­mit­tee chair­man Paul Gold­smith says of­fi­cers are work­ing closely with Plun­ket to meet their needs.

En­try to the Plun­ket pub quiz is $20. Phone Kate on 8159592.

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