Plunket set to rise from ashes
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.