Orewa visitor centre still has options
The Orewa i-SITE officially closes tomorrow but all is not lost.
A reprieve has been granted to run a volunteer based Orewa Visitor Centre at the Western Reserve site until July.
And a mobile information centre is planned further north along the Hibiscus Coast Highway at the Moana Beachfront Reserve from December 26 to January 12.
However, volunteers are urgently needed to help with both.
The Orewa i-SITE supported many small business operators, and accounted for about 30 per cent of their annual business sales, Destination Orewa Beach operations manager Leanne Smith says. "It will have a direct impact on business and employment."
But the temporary reprieve granted by Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development allows the business group and Hibiscus and Bays Local Board member John Kirikiri to try to keep some visitor information services running during the peak visitor period and determine future viability.
"It's vital to our local Hibiscus and Bays and Rodney areas to support small business, particularly during these tough economic times," Mr Kirikiri says.
"We need like-minded people who enjoy being a part of a friendly team to help operate the volunteer Orewa Visitor Centre over summer."
Mr Kirikiri says the key is to have volunteers passionate about the area and who enjoy people contact.
The mobile home planned for Moana reserve was previously used for the Rugby World Cup last year, Mr Kirikiri says.
A SunSmart display tent will also be based there.
To volunteer contact John Kirikiri on 021 2865 5999 or Leanne Smith on 09 426 2638, 021 412 613, email leanne@ orewabeach.co.nz.