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Public Consultation On Future Of Anchorage house

Public Consultation On Future Of Anchorage Park Community House

A public meeting is to be held at the Anchorage Park Community House in Pakuranga on 8 November, to consult with the community on the sorts of activities, services and programmes to offer to the community at the facility. The Management Committee sees this as a good opportunity for local residents to come along to tell them what they would like to see happening at the House.

Anchorage Park Community House is one of seven located throughout Manukau City. The others are at Highland Park; Clover Park; Mangere; Randwick Park, Clendon Park and the Te Whare Awhina Community Services Centre in Manurewa.

The Community Houses are a valuable community service, established to provide a space where people can meet and also take part in classes and activities which meet the recreational, social, spiritual and educational needs of the diverse communities they serve.

Recently Highland Park Community House won the Innovative Provider award for Adult Learners' Week, He Tangata Matauranga. The award is across all community and adult education in Auckland and is supported by the Tertiary Education Commission.

Every community is different and each facility's programme reflects the community it serves: People can hire rooms and run classes or activities as diverse as yoga, Te Reo Maori, defensive driving, Pilates, classes to help assimilate new setters into their communities, patchwork, English as a second language and floral art, to name a few.

Community Houses are safe places in the community and welcome anyone who may need support. They can refer people on to appropriate services. Some houses also run Drop-in sessions on various themes such as drop in knitting and English language for friendship.

Recently, the Anchorage Park Community Centre Committee made the decision to close the crèche as the service had become unviable due to the lower numbers of children attending each day.

The Management Committee, supported by Manukau City Council does not want the same thing to happen to the Community House. By holding this community consultation meeting they are taking steps to ensure that the facility remains relevant to its community and can keep operating successfully.

The people of Pakuranga are warmly invited to attend a community consultation meeting on Monday 8th November at 7.00 pm at the Anchorage Park Community House, 16 Swan Crescent, Pakuranga. This is your opportunity to contribute your ideas on the future programmes, activities and services provided at the House. See you there.

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