Trentham house a step closer

New life: The former IHC school, currently an early childhood education centre, in Merton St, to be bought for a community house to serve Trentham.
New life: The former IHC school, currently an early childhood education centre, in Merton St, to be bought for a community house to serve Trentham.

A community house for Trentham is a step closer with a sale and purchase agreement to buy 71 Merton St.

The new Trentham Community House Charitable Trust has a contract which will go unconditional on November 30 if it gets funding.

The Upper Hutt Cossie Club has already paid the $40,000 deposit on the property, originally an IHC school which has had several other uses, the most recent for early childhood education.

The Upper Hutt community will have the opportunity to support the project through a street appeal this Friday.

Collectors will be based mainly at Silverstream New World, both Countdowns, Pak 'n Save and The Mall from noon till 4pm.

The house will be a base for activities that aim to improve health, reduce isolation, and encourage culture and diversity, and educational achievement.

Trustees of the new organisation will be local solicitor Peter Richardson (chairperson), chartered accountant Chris Carson (secretary-treasurer), Syd Giles, Naomi Anderson (Trentham resident), Linda Pahi (representing Orongomai Marae) and a police representative to be appointed.

The trust logo includes harakeke (flax) representing its traditional use to be woven strong to be purposeful and resilient.

People can also give direct to the trust's bank account with Upper Hutt's ASB, account number: 12 347 8004 0208 00.

Upper Hutt Leader