Mon 30 Nov 20
EXCITEMENT AS ENGAGEMENT ON RAETIHI HUB STARTS AGAIN AFTER COVID ENFORCED DELAY
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 [email protected]