Al­bany Hub opened with bless­ing

North Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - AMY BAKER

Con­struc­tion of a long-awaited com­mu­nity space for Up­per Har­bour res­i­dents is now com­plete.

The new Al­bany Hub was blessed in the pres­ence of 40 at­ten­dees, in­clud­ing the Up­per Har­bour Lo­cal Board, Kau­matua Otene Reweti and Auck­land Coun­cil staff on July 6.

Sit­u­ated be­side Al­bany House off Al­bany High­way, the hub of­fers book­able spa­ces for com­mu­nity use.

Up­per Har­bour Lo­cal Board chair­woman Lisa Whyte said the build­ing is ‘‘lovely’’ and thought had gone into the colour pal­ette which in­cludes his­tor­i­cal ref­er­ences to fruit-grow­ing in the area and the na­tive Kowhai tree.

Whyte said while the build­ing may be smaller rel­a­tive to oth­ers in the re­gion, it fills a gap in the net­work of venues for hire lo­cally.

Al­bany Hub con­tains four book­able spa­ces - two meet­ing rooms, an in­ter­view room and a hall. There is also a demon­stra­tion kitchen and a court­yard.

Auck­land Coun­cil will man­age the hub for the first 12-18 months, af­ter which it will shift to com­mu­nity-led management. Work on the $1.2 mil­lion hub started in Novem­ber 2016.

It will soon be added to the Auck­land Coun­cil venues book­ing sys­tem and open for book­ings from Au­gust 1. Con­tact 021 732 213 or jamie.ad­kins@auck­land­coun­cil.govt.nz for more.

AMY BAKER/STUFF

The hub will be avail­able for book­ings from Au­gust 1.

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