The long-awaited Community Hub on McDougall Street is opening this Saturday at 10am and everyone in Wānaka is invited.
Gina Treadwell, manager of the Hub said that Saturday’s festivities are an open invitation to everyone — a celebration of ten years of real effort to get the stunning new facility up and running.
Treadwell said there will be a Māori blessing/karakia, then a performance by the MAC kapa haka group, followed by speeches from board chair, Dame Sukhi Turner and Kelvin Wright the former Bishop of Dunedin, before the formal opening by Sir Tim Wallis.
The building will then be free for people to have a look around with tea, coffee, baking and a sausage sizzle. “We want the community here to be part of it and part of the opening,” said Treadwell. “It really is a wonderful building and lovely to see it all coming together. The enthusiasm from the community is amazing — everyone who comes in says what a light, vibrant space it is.”
So far there are 18 organisations tenanting the office space. Most of the tenants using the new community space are not-for-profits, community services and some councillors. These include Community Networks, Anglican Parish, CLFS, Presbyterian Support Otago, Southern DHB, Volunteering Central, Cancer Society, Oranga Tamariki, Anglican Family Care, REAP, and the Wānaka Foodbank … and more.
“We have meeting rooms, office space, and an auditorium available — all with a number of events already booked. There will be community yoga every Thursday morning in the hall free to the community, and a number of community events coming up soon," said Treadwell.
The Wānaka Community Hub is an office space for many community organisations but it is also a place just to meet up for a cup of tea. “We will have revolving art on the walls from our local artists which we hope people will regularly come to view (and purchase). It offers a wonderful function space for events with a full commercial kitchen. You don’t need to have an appointment with anyone to come in; our doors are open to everyone,” Treadwell said. And starting in a few weeks will be Santa’s Grotto, bringing all of Wānaka’s littlies into a space which they will grow up to know as their own. "We are really looking forward to showing this wonderful asset to the community on Saturday."