Plans for Rau­reka’s hub to be un­veiled

The Hastings Mail - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF REPORTER * The Rau­reka com­mu­nity hub con­cept draw­ings will be pre­sented at meet­ings on Satur­day, July 29 at 2pm and Thurs­day, Au­gust 3 at 6pm. Both meet­ings are at the Rau­reka School hall.

Rau­reka res­i­dents will get their first look at plans for the pro­posed com­mu­nity hub this week­end.

They are also be­ing en­cour­aged to en­ter a com­pe­ti­tion to name and design a logo for the hub, planned to be built at Rau­reka School.

Con­cept draw­ings for the pro­posed fa­cil­ity will be pre­sented at com­mu­nity meet­ings at the school’s hall this Satur­day and on Thurs­day next week.

Plans for the hub have been in the pipe­line for sev­eral years af­ter the Hast­ings sub­urb ral­lied to­gether fol­low­ing a sui­cide and a spate of sui­cide at­tempts in the area in 2012.

A com­mu­nity hub – to­gether with ini­tia­tives such as health sup­port, par­ent­ing sup­port, sup­port work­ers, chil­dren and ran­gatahi pro­grammes, and sport and recre­ation pro­grammes – were iden­ti­fied as be­ing needed in the area.

The fa­cil­i­ties at the hub will in­clude a well­ness room, where health pro­fes­sion­als such as a com­mu­nity nurse, coun­sel­lor or so­cial worker can work from, a multi-use ed­u­ca­tion room where a raft of ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­nity cour­ses and pro­grammes can be run, a par­ent room, space to ac­com­mo­date com­put­ers for com­mu­nity mem­bers to use, of­fices for lease, a hot desk of­fice and a com­mer­cial com­mu­nity kitchen.

It will also pro­vide a big­ger hall for the school and com­mu­nity to use.

The hub’s devel­op­ment is be­ing driven by two Rau­reka Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Project co-or­di­na­tors who are funded through the De­part­ment of In­ter­nal Af­fairs’ com­mu­nity devel­op­ment scheme and sup­ported by Te Puni Kokiri and the Hast­ings District Coun­cil.

‘‘We have lis­tened to what the com­mu­nity want and are try­ing our best to pro­vide a place where those things can hap­pen for whanau and be a real hub for the com­mu­nity,’’ said co-or­di­na­tor Shar­nita Ra­heke.

‘‘This is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone and we’re so ex­cited to get to this stage of hav­ing draw­ings to take back to the com­mu­nity,’’ said Mandy Sharpe, the other project co-or­di­na­tor.

The com­mu­nity will also get the op­por­tu­nity to name the hub and design a logo for it in a com­pe­ti­tion to be launched at the first com­mu­nity meet­ing.

Sharpe said much work still had to be done be­fore the hub be­came a re­al­ity, in­clud­ing rais­ing money to build it.

The co-or­di­na­tors are en­cour­ag­ing lo­cals to at­tend one of the com­mu­nity meet­ings so they can get an up­date on the hub and share their pri­or­i­ties for Rau­reka.

‘‘We also re­ally want to en­cour­age whanau to get on board and help make those things hap­pen. Ev­ery­one has some­thing to of­fer,’’ Ra­heke said.

Rau­reka School board of trustees chair­man Glen Var­coe, Rau­reka Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Project co-or­di­na­tors Mandy Sharpe and Shar­nita Ra­heke and Rau­reka School prin­ci­pal Greg Rice­man. ‘‘We have lis­tened to what the com­mu­nity want and are try­ing our best to pro­vide a place where th­ese things can hap­pen.’’ Shar­nita Ra­heke

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