New year, new hope
Cash strapped community groups are being given a boost courtesy of the New Hope Shop at the transfer station on Ostend Rd.
A new oven, a trip to Sydney, help with a family garden project, and money for plumbing at the Onetangi Hall, are just four of the 20 donated gifts.
The shop is run by the Waiheke Combined Churches with 40 volunteers from five churches taking shifts alongside permanent members of staff, Tania Snowden and Kristin Busher.
All proceeds from sales of previously loved clothes, furniture, bric-a-brac and recycled building materials are passed back into the community four times a year.
Members of the public in need of a helping hand along with community groups and organisations short of cash for a particular project are encouraged to apply for hardship grants and donations.
The end-of-year gifting to the community totalled $28,202.
The project has given out $144,477 since 2009.
Combined Churches representative Rev Tony Watts thanks everyone for their support.
"Some of you are customers too so the money goes round and round," Mr Watts says.