Trust seeks to plug gap

Te Korowai Trust is considering expanding its services into the Orchard St area of Stoke.

A charitable trust named House 44 operated a drop-in centre out of a Housing New Zealand property in the area since 2008, but has been forced to fold since Nelson City Council and government agencies pulled their funding, resulting in an eviction notice.

When the Nelson Mail sought to speak to House 44 last month, it had been replaced by a new committee, Te Whai Oranga, which said it would clear its possessions out of the property by next month.

Te Korowai Trust is a not-for-profit social services agency for Maori. It has distributed leaflets in the Orchard St area asking residents what issues they see and what services they might appreciate, with advocacy support, budget advice, transport and CV help listed as possibilities.