Hibis­cus hub launches on­line

Rodney Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MATTHEW CATTIN

An on­line hub host­ing all things Whanga­paraoa has launched. Ini­ti­ated by com­mu­nity group Fu­ture Whanga­paraoa, the new web­site whanga­paraoa.info is aimed at sup­port­ing lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses. Pro­vid­ing rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion on ser­vices, fa­cil­i­ties, busi­nesses and events in the area, the web­site will serve as a one-stop-shop for Whanga­paraoa’s res­i­dents and vis­i­tors. Co-con­vener of Fu­ture Whanga­paraoa John Davies says the web­site sup­ports the goals of the com­mu­nity group. ’’Its goal is to as­sist, pro­vide ac­cess and sup­port for the nu­mer­ous dif­fer­ent groups in the Whanga­paraoa area there to sup­port peo­ple, and to sup­port lo­cal busi­ness,’’ he said.

Vis­i­tors will be able to nav­i­gate the web­site like a vir­tual Yel­low Pages, and paid ‘‘en­hanced list­ings’’ will soon be avail­able for busi­nesses striv­ing for higher pro­files. All lo­cal busi­nesses can cre­ate a free ba­sic list­ing, and not for profit or­gan­i­sa­tions are en­ti­tled to a free list­ing and page. Funds raised will ‘‘en­sure the cost of run­ning the web­site and keep­ing it cur­rent is self-funded’’, Davies said, with sur­plus go­ing back into lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The web­site is the the first step in sup­port­ing com­mu­nity pri­or­i­ties iden­ti­fied by Fu­ture Whanga­paraoa, in­clud­ing re­duc­ing fam­ily vi­o­lence and sup­port­ing Whanga­paraoa’s place as a Wildlink con­nec­tion.

RE­NEE CLAY­TON

Fu­ture Whanga­paraoa’s John Davies says the web­site sup­ports the goals of the com­mu­nity group.

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