Cen­tre cel­e­brates 25 years

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Twenty-five years of car­ing for the com­mu­nity will be cel­e­brated at the Katikati Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Satur­day — and ev­ery­one is wel­come to the party.

The Cen­tre’s 25th com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion, from 9am un­til noon, will be a fun­packed morn­ing for fam­i­lies in­clud­ing food, mu­sic, ac­tiv­i­ties, games and en­ter­tain­ment.

Cen­tre Man­ager Al­lan Wain­wright said the morn­ing is a great op­por­tu­nity for the pub­lic to dis­cover what pro­grammes are of­fered and to meet Team Leader Jan de Faye and the team.

“We want to spread the word about the great work we do in the Katikati com­mu­nity.

“I be­lieve there are still peo­ple who don’t know we are here — so this day is an open door in­vi­ta­tion to come along and dis­cover us.

“Katikati is such a thriv­ing com­mu­nity.

“Our role is to help peo­ple feel sup­ported and con­nected.”

Al­lan said the Cen­tre is in­vest­ing in tech­nol­ogy so that its ser­vices can be ac­cessed on­line — such as reg­is­ter­ing for school hol­i­day pro­grammes.

In­creased dig­i­tal ac­cess makes ser­vices more read­ily avail­able for the pub­lic and also en­ables staff to spend more time and en­ergy on

events and face-to-face com­mu­nity in­ter­ac­tion.

Sup­port from a Lot­tery Grant has en­abled re­de­vel­op­ment of the for­mer St John garage into a mul­tipur­pose room for com­mu­nity use.

Themed names for the new space will be open for pop­u­lar vote as part of the com­mu­nity day cel­e­bra­tion.

Com­mu­nity Cen­tre board chair­man David Mar­shall said the Cen­tre has es­tab­lished an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion with the wider com­mu­nity, fun­ders, and part­ners.

“This has been achieved through the vi­sion of those who es­tab­lished the Cen­tre, the faith­ful ser­vice of Chris Rid­der who man­aged the Cen­tre for 23 years, the staff and vol­un­teers who have de­liv­ered a myr­iad of pro­grammes and the fun­ders who have gen­er­ously sup­ported the fa­cil­ity since its in­cep­tion.

“With the safety of SH2 an on­go­ing bar­rier to ac­cess­ing ser­vices in Tau­ranga, the Board and man­age­ment are fo­cused on ac­tively seek­ing so­lu­tions to com­mu­nity needs that will help our com­mu­nity thrive.”

For­mally called the Katikati Re­source Cen­tre, the cen­tre was es­tab­lished 25 years ago to fill a gap in lo­cal sup­port net­works and so­cial out­reach, as Katikati was seen as iso­lated from com­mu­nity ser­vices that were avail­able in Tau­ranga. The Cen­tre also wel­comes peo­ple from Waihi Beach.

Western Bay of Plenty District Coun­cil sup­ports and helps fund the Cen­tre.

Coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity Re­la­tion­ship Ad­viser Ben Wil­son said the Cen­tre is a fine ex­am­ple of an or­gan­i­sa­tion in-step and in­tune with its com­mu­nity.

“The Cen­tre con­fi­dently pro­vides ac­ces­si­ble ser­vices and sup­port to meet the di­verse and ever-chang­ing needs of the com­mu­nity.”

Katikati Com­mu­nity Cen­tre Man­ager Al­lan Wain­wight and Team Leader Jan de Faye wel­come ev­ery­one to the an­niver­sary party.

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