Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


New Aranui youth and community facility to go ahead

Christchurch City Council has confirmed it will build a new youth and community facility in Hampshire Street, Aranui - its first new community centre since the earthquakes.

The Council today agreed to progress to the detailed design stage, tendering and construction of the new Aranui Community Centre on the site of the closed Wainoni Aranui Family Centre, 31 Hampshire Street. The new community centre will open in 2015.

The facility, which will include activity, meeting and office space, will cost an estimated $5.9 million to build. It will replace the Wainoni Aranui Family Centre, which is currently closed and earthquake-prone, and the nearby demolished Aranui Community Hall in Breezes Road.

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust has granted $1 million towards the new facility, which includes a $500,000 donation from an anonymous donor. Lions Club International will contribute $450,000 from international grant money.

Community Committee Chair Yani Johanson says the Council appreciates the funding support from the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust and Lions Club International, which enables a much improved local facility.

"The Council is very grateful for these donors' generosity. This community has been particularly hard-hit by the earthquakes. The decision today helps deliver a more modern and major facility combined from two older and smaller ones that existed before. It will be well utilised by a variety of groups and people, supporting the social and cultural wellbeing of the local area. We're looking forward to breaking the ground later this year."

Unit Manager Community Support Carolyn Gallagher says consultation with residents has been ongoing since October 2011. It shows they are overwhelmingly in favour of the final concept plan developed and the site selected for the new community centre. There will be further consultation with residents around how the outside of the building should look.

"This is an exciting step forward for the project. The community's views have been central to this process and we've tweaked the initial concept plan based on feedback from the residents who'll be using the facility. We can't wait to see the delight on their faces on the day the new community centre opens."

Burwood/Pegasus Community Board Chair Andrea Cummings says residents are delighted the community facility will go ahead. "The way in which the community has been included in this process has been fantastic. A big thanks to Lions and the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust for their belief in the area and the new community centre, which will be a huge boost for everyone."

Lions Project Manager Digby Prosser says Lions are pleased to work with the Council again to support the development of another community facility in the city. "Lions were particularly keen to support this venture. It has given us the chance to help fund a new permanent facility in the eastern suburbs that will benefit residents by giving them a place to gather and participate in a range of activities."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Teina Pora Wins Appeal: Gordon Campbell On The Privy Council Decision

The quashing of the convictions of Teina Pora for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992 has shone a spotlight once again on a major gap in the New Zealand justice system.

To all intents and purposes, access by New Zealanders to the Privy Council has now been closed. Yet the number of times in recent years when the Privy Council has quashed the findings of New Zealand courts has demonstrated that we are regularly
(a) jailing the wrong person or
(b) arriving at guilty verdicts on grounds sufficiently flawed as to raise serious doubts that a miscarriage of justice has occurred. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Urgent Bill Planned: MP Pay Rises To Match Public Service

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: MP Pay Rises, Solid Energy, Iraq

Prime Minister John Key answered questions in his Post-Cabinet press conference about the Iraq deployment, Solid Energy and National’s decision to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act. More>>

ALSO:

Worksafe: MSD Charged Over Work And Income Ashburton Shooting

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured. More>>

ALSO:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza? More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news