The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - - Lisa Hous­ton

Te Aroha Noa is one Palmer­ston North or­gan­i­sa­tion we can re­ally be proud of.

No­body has had a big­ger role in mak­ing it such a suc­cess than out­go­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Bruce Maden, who has sat at the helm of the com­mu­nity cen­tre in High­bury for 27 years.

He started as a vol­un­teer when the Cen­tral Baptist Church pur­chased its first Brent­wood Ave prop­erty for the cen­tre, which has grown to in­clude early child­hood cen­tres, a youth learn­ing hub, com­mu­nity lounge and a sup­ported rental for teen par­ents.

Maden dreamed big with this com­mu­nity cen­tre and the re­sults show.

Te Aroha Noa is ar­guably the heart of the High­bury com­mu­nity and as Maden passes over the reins he can cer­tainly be proud of the work he has put in to help build this place into what it has be­come.

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