1 Dec 2020 – Joint Press Release

We are excited to get this mahi with Ruapehu District Council back on track, if you’re heading to the Christmas Carnival on the 12th why not come down to our stall and find out more?
Joint Press Release: The Raetihi Community Hub Steering Group are excited about being able to restart engaging with the community and others with a stake in Raetihi’s future on their vision and thoughts for the Hub.

The shared multi-purpose Community Hub is envisaged to act as Council’s service centre and a head office for Uenuku and related iwi activities as well as a number of other community services and facilities.
Project Manager Cathy McCartney said that the Steering Group is not looking to just replicate what currently exists but want the community to help design a brand-new space which is aspirational, inspirational and meets Raetihi’s needs now and into the future.

“We were all set to start community engagement in February before COVID-19 hit and derailed things for a bit,” she said.

“We are now excited to pick-up from where we were forced to leave off and hear from as many stakeholders as possible on their vision for the Hub.

We want to hear people’s thoughts on what a Community Hub could be including the sort of facilities, services, types of spaces, look and feel needed or wanted from a multi-function space and where it should be located.
There will be multiple ways for people to join in the conversation including via online channels, community hui, surveys, etc. or we can arrange to meet with people wherever suits them to talk about the project, answer any questions, and collect feedback.

Over the next few weeks watch out for the launch of our Raetihi Community Hub project page on Facebook as well as our Raetihi Hub stall at the Christmas Parade on Saturday 12 December,” she said.

Ruapehu Mayor Don Cameron said that Council was very excited about the community engagement getting underway again after the COVID enforced delay.
“I would urge Raetihi residents and others who love the town to take the opportunity to have their say on what will be a cornerstone asset for improving community cohesion and the revitalisation of the township,” said Mayor Cameron.

Uenuku Charitable Trust Chairperson Aiden Gilbert noted that it’s an opportunity for the town to work together in true partnership inclusive of all of our community.
“The more people who have their say the more connected and reflective the Hub will be of our community and surrounding environment,” he said.

Ms McCartney added that anyone needing more information or wanting to organise a meeting with them or their organisation could contact her on 0274 555 448 or email cathrynmccartney16@gmail.com

 

 

14 Feb 2020 – Joint Press Release
Thoughts on multi-purpose Community Hub for Raetihi wanted
Ruapehu District Council and Uenuku have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on how they will jointly develop a shared multi-purpose Community Hub for the Raetihi area.
As well as Council’s service centre and a head office for Uenuku and related iwi activities it is envisaged that the Hub will accommodate a number of other services and facilities for current and future community activities.
Ruapehu Mayor Don Cameron said that Council was very excited about the opportunity to work in partnership with Uenuku on what will be a cornerstone asset for improving community cohesion and the revitalisation of the township.

“The proposal for either upgrading Council’s current Service Centre or investing in a new Hub was first raised in the 2018/28 Long Term Plan (LTP) and a subsequent business case looking at these options indicated a community preference for developing a Hub,” he said.

Uenuku Project Sponsor Steve Hirini supported Mayor Cameron’s comments adding that by working together Uenuku and Council would be able to provide iwi members and the wider community a flexible, multi-function facility well beyond what either organisation could deliver on its own.
“In addition to providing a modern administration facility seen as critical to supporting the work required to meet Uenuku’s aspirations for its people the building will be a reflection of our journey providing a place to store and display our taonga and tell our stories.

Together with the recently announced $2m government investment in the Waimarino Health Centre the Community Hub will help deliver the vision of a thriving Raetihi where its communities have access to the best possible services and facilities,” he said.

Overseeing the project is a Steering Group comprising representatives from Council and Uenuku supported by a specialist Project Manager Cathy McCartney who had a leading role in the development of the very successful Community Hub project in Foxton.

Ms McCartney said that critical to the success of the project was the engagement of Raetihi communities.
“Through to until the end of June we want to hear from as many stakeholders as possible including community, sport, sector and interest groups, businesses, schools, organisations, marae, agencies, individuals of all ages and others with a stake in Raetihi’s future.

We want to hear about your vision and thoughts on what a Community Hub could be including the sort of facilities, services, types of spaces, look and feel do you need or want from a multi-function space and where do you think it should be?

After July the goal is to consolidate all this feedback into a Request for a Proposal (RFP) which can be provided to suitably qualified architects to develop a winning concept plan from.”

Ms McCartney said that opportunities for people to have their say will be widely advertised in the Ruapehu Bulletin, on local radio Peak FM, an online including Council’s Facebook page and website.
“In the interim if people need more information please contact me on either 0274 555 448 or email cathrynmccartney16@gmail.com ,” she said.