Se­cur­ing com­mu­nity as­set


The fu­ture of a com­mu­nity hall is look­ing up af­ter be­ing un­der the pump to se­cure fund­ing for much­needed re­pairs.

The When­u­a­pai Vil­lage Hall has been in need of a new sep­tic sys­tem since late-2016.

In May, the Up­per Har­bour Lo­cal Board agreed to fund al­most $18,000 to­wards the in­stal­ment of a new sys­tem.

Up­per Har­bour Lo­cal Board chair­woman Lisa Whyte said in a state­ment the board con­sid­ered the ap­pli­ca­tion at the first avail­able op­por­tu­nity once it had been com­pleted.

‘‘The hall pro­vides a vi­tal com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity and venue for hire for the When­u­a­pai and wider com­mu­nity,’’ Whyte wrote.

The When­u­a­pai Ratepay­ers and Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion of­fi­cially own the hall but lease the land it is built on from the coun­cil.

When­u­a­pai Rates and Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Kirke Camp­bell said the tank usu­ally only needed pump­ing out around once a year but now needed pump­ing ev­ery month.

Pump­ing costs so far will be re­im­bursed by Auck­land Coun­cil.

Built in 1955, the hall ac­com­mo­dates up to 100 peo­ple and is used al­most ev­ery­day by the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing for spe­cial oc­ca­sions such as wed­dings. Whyte said the hall will be even more im­por­tant as the sur­round­ing area de­vel­ops and the pop­u­la­tion in­creases.

The hall is very pop­u­lar for com­mu­nity groups, clubs and events.

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