Char­ity rolls up to newhome

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A char­ity that or­gan­ises free cook­ing classes has found a home in in the down­stairs area of the old Porirua City Bowl­ing Club.

WELLfed, which teaches fam­i­lies how to plan, shop and safely pre­pare low-cost and healthy meals, has taken up res­i­dence along Hamp­shire Street.

The bowl­ing club closed in 2015, leav­ing the coun­cil-owned build­ing va­cant.

The City De­liv­ery Com­mit­tee agreed on June 14 to lease the site to WELLfed for an ini­tial six-month pe­riod from Au­gust 1.

A coun­cil spokesman said the pep­per­corn rent for the site for the length of the trial will be $208, and if the lease is con­firmed af­ter six months it will be $250 per month.

The goal is to give the char­ity, which has spread across three lo­ca­tions in Porirua over the last 18 months, a chance to es­tab­lish it­self in a sin­gle spot and ex­pand.

Main­te­nance work to the build­ing to pre­pare it for lease in the last three years has in­cluded earth­quake strength­en­ing, elec­tri­cal work and as­bestos re­moval.

The build­ing has ba­sic hall fa­cil­i­ties and a com­mer­cial kitchen to use.

The com­mit­tee’s chair- woman, Anita Baker, said WELLfed had ‘‘a solid rep­u­ta­tion in the city for help­ing fam­i­lies man­age on tight bud­gets through cook­ing and learn­ing about nutrition, health and well­be­ing’’.

‘‘It’s great the old bowl­ing club premises are now up to the task of pro­vid­ing WELLfed a place to con­tinue their valu­able work.’’

Fol­low­ing the trial, and if WELLfed con­tinue in the build­ing, other com­mu­nity groups will have the op­por­tu­nity to lease the remaining space.

The com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tion will need to be rat­i­fied at an­other coun­cil meet­ing on June 27.

From left, Orion John­son, Beddy Otukolo and Ana Pate­le­sio dur­ing a re­cent WELLfed ses­sion at Holy Fam­ily School in Porirua.

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