Plans for Raureka’s hub to be unveiled
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