Hall project proposal

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The fu­ture of the Puahue Hall is up for discussion now that a fea­si­bil­ity re­port on po­ten­tial ren­o­va­tions has been com­pleted.

Many Waipa¯ res­i­dents will al­ready be fa­mil­iar with the Puahue Hall.

Many will have at­tended com­mu­nity Wel­come In’s and District Farewells, have com­peted in quiz nights, or at­tended as­sem­blies or per­for­mances by friends or fam­i­lies of Puahue School.

Many may have con­trib­uted at farm discussion groups or cel­e­brated at pri­vate func­tions hosted here, or pos­si­bly even pre­pared for road cy­cle races.

In­door bowls, mu­sic lessons, ta­ble ten­nis — since 1930 this hall has been a reli­able, con­ve­nient and trea­sured part of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and be­yond.

In fact, the hall is so well used that it is of­ten filled to ca­pac­ity at school as­sem­blies and sea­sonal per­for­mances — with some hope­ful at­ten­dees be­ing turned away due to lack of seat­ing.

Au­di­ence mem­bers have been known on oc­ca­sion to faint in the heat of the sum­mer months at well at­tended func­tions.

Re­cently a small fo­cus group, on be­half of the Puahue Hall As­so­ci­a­tion, was formed and tasked with the project of in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether it would be fea­si­ble to im­prove the cur­rent fa­cil­i­ties.

Jen­nie Macky, a mem­ber of the fo­cus group, says it has be­come clear in the last few years that Puahue Hall’s fit­ness for pur­pose is be­com­ing an is­sue.

“To en­sure that our much loved, and well used hall is a func­tional, safe and ap­peal­ing com­mu­nity hub now and for the fu­ture is some­thing we needed to ad­dress,” says Jen­nie.

The group em­ployed the ser­vices of Gisler Ar­chi­tects to take a deeper assess­ment of the hall and the ob­jec­tives of im­prov­ing its ca­pac­ity and ver­sa­til­ity, its in­su­la­tion and ven­ti­la­tion, ac­cess for dis­abled fa­cil­i­ties, and the safety of en­try and exit for pedes­tri­ans.

Fo­cus group mem­ber Sarah Storey says the fea­si­bil­ity study was com­pre­hen­sive.

“It in­cluded plans and as­sess­ments based on fire pro­tec­tion re­ports, struc­tural en­gi­neer­ing and roof­ing re­ports, elec­tri­cal and geotech­ni­cal re­ports, traf­fic and ac­cess as­sess­ments and stormwa­ter dis­charge,” she says.

“It also looked at the costs and ben­e­fits of dif­fer­ent op­tions for im­prove­ments. We feel now that as a com­mu­nity we can make in­formed choices about how we pro­ceed from here”.

The Puahue Hall As­so­ci­a­tion is host­ing a com­mu­nity discussion on Wed­nes­day, June 20 at 7.30pm in the hall to dis­cuss the find­ings of the fea­si­bil­ity study and to eval­u­ate the level of com­mu­nity sup­port for po­ten­tial ren­o­va­tions.

Jen­nie says it has had an over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive re­sponse to ini­tial con­cept plans to ren­o­vate the hall late last year.

“Ideas were floated and sur­veys were dis­trib­uted and the clear re­ply con­firmed that Puahue Hall up­grade should def­i­nitely be looked into. Now that we have a Fea­si­bil­ity Study, which gives us real num­bers, and a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the project as a whole, we need com­mu­nity discussion, sup­port and con­sen­sus at a com­mu­nity level to re­ally move for­ward”.


GISLER Ar­chi­tects’ impression of a new de­vel­op­ment for Puahue hall.

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