Look what two bucks has bought

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Pak’nSave has taken its $2 deals to a whole new level — pro­vid­ing a com­mu­nity cen­tre for Kaitaia’s youth for a sin­gle gold coin.

The site of the for­mer Pak‘nSave su­per­mar­ket in Kaitaia’s main street is to be­come a work and meet­ing space for lo­cal youth, for a $2 in­vest­ment by the newly formed Kaitaia Youth Cen­tre.

Food­stuffs North Is­land CEO Chris Quin said the com­pany be­lieved that the fu­ture lay in sup­port­ing Kiwi youth, so it had granted a 50-year lease on the land and sold the build­ing to the Kaitaia Youth Cen­tre for the “SAVEyest” pos­si­ble deal of $2.

“Stick­man proud!” he said.

A “fan­tas­tic” youth-led so­cial en­ter­prise was now set to help young peo­ple in Kaitaia re­alise their dreams, en­abling them to meet, share their ideas for their fu­ture and put them into ac­tion, in large part due to Pak’nSave’s par­ent com­pany, the Food­stuffs North Is­land Co­op­er­a­tive.

The youth cen­tre project had been spear­headed by Andy Cuck­ney, a lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional con­sul­tant who had made the Far North his home.

“There is so much po­ten­tial up here — our youth just need some fo­cus and di­rec­tion,” Mr Cuck­ney said.

“Hav­ing a place to call their own, that they can in­vest in and develop to suit their needs, is crit­i­cal. We’re fully em­brac­ing the so­cial en­ter­prise con­cept, where

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su­per any­thing that we do here to raise money from hard work will be rein­vested back into the cen­tre and our projects.

“We are off to a fly­ing start thanks to Food­stuffs. Their gen­er­ous amaz­ing.”

“When we opened a larger Pak‘nSave on North Rd back in 2011 to serve the com­mu­nity bet­ter, the orig­i­nal store was sur­plus to re­quire­ments,” Mr Quin added.

“It did hold a spe­cial place in our hearts as the first ever Pak‘nSave to open in New Zealand back in 1985, and we wanted to do some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary to ac­knowl­edge the sup­port Kaitaia has given us from the get-go.”

The project has the full sup­port of mayor John Carter.

“Like the rest of Kaitaia, I am very en­cour­aged by plans to give the for­mer Pak‘nSave build­ing a new lease on life, and look for­ward to see­ing this long­va­cant build­ing trans­formed into a focal point for pos­i­tive change for our young peo­ple,” he said.

“I am sure that Kaitaia youth and the com­mu­nity will also be sup­port­ive of the ob­jec­tives and plans be­ing pre­sented by the So­cial En­ter­prise Group lead­ing this project.”

The ‘Foodies’ team couldn’t wait to see how the work un­folded.

“We’ve framed a $2 coin to hang on the wall for the mo­ment the team has made it their own,” Mr Quin added.

“Open­ing day can’t come soon enough, and our team at the ‘new’ Pak‘nSave will be happy to help cel­e­brate what we know is a won­der­ful so­lu­tion to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity for years to come.”

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PIC­TURE / SUP­PLIED

FRAMED: Pak’Save’s best deal ever, framed for pos­ter­ity.

NEW LIFE: Kaitaia’s orig­i­nal su­per­mar­ket is about to em­bark upon a new role.

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