Views sought on old marae build­ing

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Res­i­dents are be­ing called upon to share their thoughts on what will hap­pen to the Toko­roa Com­mu­nity Marae.

The build­ing lo­cated on Lochmaben St is on Nga Waka Trust owned land but is com­pletely di­lap­i­dated.

Trustee Thomas Joseph en­cour­aged peo­ple to come for­ward with their opin­ions on its fu­ture.

‘‘Be­cause the build­ing is so di­lap­i­dated, we wanted to know whether we should just get rid of the build­ing and start again.’’

The once pop­u­lar build­ing used for so­cial and com­mu­nity events stopped be­ing used, he said, it was then ig­nored and left in an in­op­er­a­tive state.

He said it would be more costly to fix the build­ing which has holes in the walls, no cladding or doors amongst other prob­lems.

De­spite the de­ci­sion fall­ing on the trust, Joseph said it was im­por­tant for peo­ple to come for­ward as it was built by the com­mu­nity mem­bers more than 50 years ago.

No de­ci­sions can be made yet though un­til the rates ar­rears have been paid off.

It was at $37,000 two years ago and the trust has slowly chipped away at it since, he said.

Ef­forts to clean up the grounds were also on track af­ter long grass and shrubs were re­moved by vol­un­teers and cor­rec­tion work­ers.

An an­nual gen­eral meet­ing will be held at 6pm on June 30 at the Wa­iariki Polytech for those in­ter­ested in shar­ing their thoughts.

It is also a chance to bring new blood on the trust as there is room for three new mem­bers, he said.

‘‘It’s sort of an elec­tion for new trustees.’’

Nga Waka Trustee Thomas Joseph has sent out a plea to the com­mu­nity to ask its thoughts on what should hap­pen to the Toko­roa Com­mu­nity Marae.

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