Com­mu­nity trust ve­hi­cles get new home

Kaikoura Star - - OUT & ABOUT - PIPPA BROWN

Af­ter los­ing their home in the earthquake the Kaik­oura Com­mu­nity Trust’s ve­hi­cles are now back un­der cover in a brand new garage.

The trust opened their new garage at The Tar De­pot, Scar­bor­ough St on Thurs­day.

Chair Gwyneth Weaver cut the yel­low rib­bon and thanked ev­ery­one for the team ef­fort.

The red shed, built by PT Wil­son Builders on land leased from the Kaik­oura Dis­trict Coun­cil, was of­fi­cially opened on Thurs­day.

Trustee Re­becca Wil­son said the trust needed some­where per­ma­nent to store the ve­hi­cles be­cause the garage they had been in was dam­aged in the earthquake.

In the mean­time the ve­hi­cles had been tem­po­rar­ily stored at peo­ple’s homes.

The Com­mu­nity Ve­hi­cle have two ve­hi­cles which are used for the el­derly, less mo­bile or hospi­tal pa­tients for out­ings.

The car is for peo­ple who can’t drive long dis­tances and is of­ten used to take res­i­dents to Christchurch for ap­point­ments.

The nine-seater van stays closer to home, and is used around town to take res­i­dents un­able to drive to med­i­cal ap­point­ments and com­mu­nity so­cial events. It is fit­ted with a wheel chair lift.

‘‘The ad­van­tages of hav­ing the ve­hi­cles al­low peo­ple to re­main liv­ing in Kaik­oura much longer.’’

There are about 30 vol­un­teers who help drive the ve­hi­cles.

‘‘They are well-used, but we’d like them to be used more,’’ said Wil­son.

Kaik­oura Com­mu­nity Ve­hi­cle Trust is a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion funded by En­vi­ron­ment Can­ter­bury but do charge a small fee for run­ning costs.

En­vi­ron­ment Can­ter­bury com­mu­nity trans­port chair Tony Hen­der­son said the trans­port was mainly used for peo­ple who were un­able to trans­port them­selves that are maybe ill or don’t like to drive long dis­tances.

‘‘The ad­van­tages of hav­ing the ve­hi­cles al­low peo­ple to re­main liv­ing in Kaik­oura much longer.

‘‘They can get to ap­point­ments with­out re­ly­ing on on neigh­bours or fam­ily.’’

Fund­ing for the shed came from a $30,000 fund­ing lotteries grant and $10,000 the Rata Foun­da­tion.

The Kaik­oura Com­mu­nity Trust was set up in 2014, from the pre­vi­ously named Com­mu­nity Care As­so­ci­a­tion.

PHOTO: PIPPA BROWN/STUFF

Chair Gwyneth Weaver cut the rib­bon to of­fi­cially open the new red shed hous­ing the Kaik­oura Com­mu­nity Ve­hi­cle Trust ve­hi­cles.

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