Dawn blessings a week apart last month in West Harbour and in Glendene marked the first step by Auckland Council to establish community hubs in the Henderson- Massey Local Board area.
The purpose-built facilities, in Glendene off Hepburn Road and at West Harbour Primary School on Oreil Avenue, have been built over the past six months at a total cost of $1.3m funded by Henderson-Massey Local Board, and are expected to open soon.
The hubs will provide venues for local families to meet and identify, discuss and attempt to resolve issues that affect them. They will also be available for community programmes, workshops and events.They are designed to meet the community’s needs over the next 30 years.
Facilities for local people to identify and resolve local issues have worked very well in other parts of West Auckland.
They have enabled people to have a strong say and role in building better, happier, mutually supporting and resilient communities.
“It is vital that we support community organisations who work at the local level to deliver locally grown services and solutions. Facilities of this type have proven their worth and that’s why we have been prepared to invest so heavily” says local board chair Vanessa Neeson.
The Glendene hub will be run by the Glendene Community Society, and the West Harbour hub by Massey Matters.