Re­prieve for Post Of­fice

Cam­paign launched to re­tain PO ser­vices

Te Puke Times - - FRONT PAGE - By AMY DI­A­MOND news@tepuke­times.co.nz For more in­for­ma­tion email info@tepuke­cen­tre.org.nz or phone Karen on 0210 437 858.

Te Puke’s cur­rent post of­fice could be stay­ing put if the com­mu­nity gets be­hind a new idea to turn the space into an in­for­ma­tion and vis­i­tor cen­tre.

Te Puke Cen­tre Work­ing Group is in ne­go­ti­a­tions with NZ Post to be­come the op­er­a­tors of postal and bill-pay­ing ser­vices in Te Puke.

Dis­cus­sions are also tak­ing place with the cur­rent land­lord of the build­ing to cre­ate a space fit for pur­pose.

The Work­ing Group’s chair­woman Karen Sum­mer­hays says this is an op­por­tu­nity to “save the Te Puke Post Of­fice as we know it”.

“It pro­vides an in­no­va­tive so­lu­tion to es­tab­lish­ing the lon­gawaited in­for­ma­tion/ vis­i­tor cen­tre and a cen­tral shared space,” Karen says.

The work­ing group is cur­rently set­ting up the Te Puke Cen­tre Char­i­ta­ble Trust which will al­low the cen­tre to run as part of a so­cial en­ter­prise.

Karen says the char­ity will gov­ern the Te Puke Cen­tre ac­tiv­i­ties and the NZ Post op­er­a­tion and pro­vide div­i­dends back to the trust to sup­port the cen­tre.

An all-women team makes up the work­ing group, which has been work­ing steadily over the past 18 months to es­tab­lish the cen­tre.

Karen says the cen­tre will be a “pro­fes­sional, neu­tral and shared space that sup­ports the com­mu­nity, its vis­i­tors and our in­dus­tries”.

The next step in mak­ing the idea a re­al­ity is rais­ing the cap­i­tal to pur­chase the busi­ness out­right and cover as­so­ci­ated costs, Karen says.

“As a com­mu­nity-driven ini­tia­tive it is also very im­por­tant that we gauge the level of sup­port of the com­mu­nity for the Te Puke Cen­tre project as a whole,” she says.

“To this end, we will launch a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign in the very near fu­ture and it is hoped the com­mu­nity will sup­port this project by pledg­ing a do­na­tion, to be paid on us reach­ing our tar­get of $65,000.”

NZ Post re­gional man­ager Phil Bar­nett, says the work­ing group is NZ Post’s pre­ferred part­ner. He says NZ Post has been pleased with the in­ter­est Te Puke lo­cals have showed in pro­vid­ing post and bill ser­vices in town, where a num­ber of in­ter­ested par­ties came for­ward.

“We’ve de­cided to work with The Te Puke Cen­tre Work­ing Group and think it will be a very good fit for NZ Post and the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

We will launch a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign and it is hoped the com­mu­nity will sup­port this project by pledg­ing a do­na­tion, to be paid on us reach­ing our tar­get of 65,000.’

$ Karen Sum­mer­hays Chair­woman of Te Puke Cen­tre Work­ing Group

PHOTO / AMY DI­A­MOND

Karen Sum­mer­hays hopes the com­mu­nity will get be­hind the idea, which could save the post of­fice.

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