Pledgeme bid for Post Of­fice

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Te Puke Times is get­ting be­hind a cam­paign to keep Te Puke Post Shop where it is.

Last month, Te Puke Cen­tre Work­ing Group an­nounced its in­ten­tion to be­come the op­er­a­tors of postal and bill-pay­ing ser­vices in Te Puke.

If suc­cess­ful, the Post Shop would re­main in its Jel­li­coe St lo­ca­tion and the space would also house an in­for­ma­tion and vis­i­tor cen­tre.

To­day the group is launch­ing its Pledgeme page as the first step in mak­ing the idea a re­al­ity.

Group chair­woman Karen Sum­mer­hays says while peo­ple have stopped her in the street and of­fered cash, at this stage they can keep their money in their pock­ets.

“We are re­ally look­ing for sup­port for the Pledgeme cam­paign. We need to know the com­mu­nity sup­ports us to buy the busi­ness as a com­mu­nity as­set — then we can ne­go­ti­ate with the land­lord to stay in the same place and re­fit the build­ing for a Post Of­fice and in­for­ma­tion cen­tre as well.”

“We want pledges [not do­na­tions] be­cause if we don’t get enough then we can’t buy the busi­ness and the whole thing falls away.”

A tar­get of $50,000 has been set — enough to buy the busi­ness and cover lawyer fees and ne­go­ti­a­tion fees.

“That would get us across the line — $65,000 would al­low us to move for­ward con­fi­dently into the next stage.”

The com­mu­nity’s sup­port is needed as the phil­an­thropic fund­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions will not make grants to buy a busi­ness.

“Hope­fully next year they will be on board to help us set up the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre.”

Karen says there has been a very pos­i­tive re­sponse since the an­nounce­ment of the work­ing group’s plan.

Group mem­ber Monique Lints says she has been con­tacted by sev­eral peo­ple want­ing to sup­port the plan.

“You don’t re­alise how big the need is un­til you put it out there or threaten to take it away.”

Monique says the vis­i­tor and in­for­ma­tion cen­tre will be a place to cel­e­brate Te Puke.

“We’re the ki­wifruit cap­i­tal of the world, but there’s noth­ing to cel­e­brate that.”

Would-be sup­port­ers can make a pledge by vis­it­ing and search Save the Te Puke Post Of­fice. Al­ter­na­tively, fill in and cut out the form on this page.

Te Puke Cen­tre Work­ing Group from the left, (back row) Karen Sum­mer­hays, Carolyn Jones, Dale Snell, Monique Lints, (front row) Viv Brown­rigg, Jenny Wot­ten and Ni­cola Cooke.

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