Restart for heart of Kakahi
Remnants of the mothballed Kakahi School have been saved from demolition and will be used as a playground in the centre of the village.
The Kakahi Community Group wants to breath some new life into the town centre now that the school - the former recreational hub of the town - has closed.
Members of the Kakahi Community Group salvaged the equipment, including a security fence from around the school pool. The fence will be used at the reserve to stop children from going out on the road.
Village Group member, Manu Lala told the Ohura Taumarunui Ward Committee that the community would help with manual labour and machinery.
‘‘We want to put a flag pole up there and a picnic table and maybe toilets in the future which the community needs because a lot of visitors come through, a lot of fishermen and campervans.’’
‘‘Because it’s in view of everybody I think it will be bang on once its all cleaned up. It will be really nice.
‘‘It’s amazing how many come through.’’
The Ohura Taumarunui Ward Committee has made a recommendation to the Ruapehu District Council to approve the installation of a community playground in Te Rena St road reserve.
It is estimated to cost $13,840 to install the playground, with ongoing maintenance at $480 a year.
Taumarunui Ward Councillor, Karen Ngatai was keen to see funds made available straight away so the project could start in Summer.
Group Manager Community Services, Margaret Hawthorne said there was discretionary money that could be used.
‘‘If we use money from that budget, what might happen [in] February next year [is] a community member might come and say we desperately need to do this and you’re going to have to say ‘sorry, it’s going to have to wait until after July’.’’
Councillor Ngatai also suggested that Lala put in a submission for toilets that will be included for consideration during the Long Term Plan discussions.
The committee considered that the social impact of the Kakahi project scored highly in the council’s Social Policy.
The Kakahi Primary School closed last year.