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From Drab to Fab - Zero Waste Demo

From Drab to Fab - Zero Waste Demo
20 September 2016

The Official Opening of the refurbished Ranui Community Centre and BRAND NEW Korero Cafe is to be on Thursday 29th September from 9 -10am.

“This is indeed a Community Centre with a Difference. The innovative folk who run the Centre have incorporated a Cafe to provide a future income stream for the facility, as community funding gets increasingly more difficult to access”.

“They managed to get the funding to do a deconstruction of the old building with a zero waste policy”.

In a revitalized Ranui, the Community Centre is the latest community facility to be reopened after 6 months of refurbishment. And transformed it is. From a drab piecemeal collection of halls, it has taken over the space vacated by the Ranui Library, which now has an architecturally stunning building of its own over the road - and in a joint venture between the Ranui Community House Incorporated Society and Auckland Council - has created a larger, more suitable community space. This is indeed a Community Centre with a Difference. The innovative folk who run the Centre have incorporated a Cafe to provide a future income stream for the facility, as funding gets increasingly more difficult to access.

This cafe is called CAFE KORERO symbolising the character of the place - where people can come, enjoy good healthy (organic where possible) reasonably priced food, chat together and make connections, all of which go to make up a vibrant little community like Ranui. The cafe also provides local employment and is working towards a Living Wage. “There was no budget to create the cafe so we got creative!” says Elizabeth Chalmers the Manager of the Centre. The original idea for a café came from the Manager Elizabeth Chalmers and together with Buffie Mawhinney, who also manages the Community Gardens; they managed to get the funding to do a deconstruction of the old building with a zero waste principle. Buffie was the person with the ideas, energy, community passion and practical know-how to see this through and has achieved a unique and stylish cafe reusing timber, doors and furniture, down to old paint cans as plant pots and building furniture to order. Keep an eye out for future upcycling workshops here as well as a U Tube video on the deconstruction process.

This is one cool place and a prime example of a community helping itself. Ranui is a decile one area, but has great heart and lots of local energy. Come and see us soon.


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