Teens to get new hangout centre

MICHELE ONG
Last updated 05:00 29/11/2013

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A new hangout space is in the pipeline for Hawera's teenagers.

The youth centre, a joint effort by the Hawera Combined Churches, aims to provide young people a safe place to socialise.

It will operate from Regent St, where The Hanger was before it closed in July last year.

The church community is meeting to elect a board of trustees tonight. Seven people have been nominated for the seven positions.

Nominees are David Auty, Whanganui MP Chester Borrows, South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne, STDC councillor Kirsty Bourke, St Mary's Anglican Church archdeacon Trevor Harrison, Powerhouse Church pastor Gregg Parata, and Hawera Baptist Church member Melanie Squires.

"One of the issues in the past with the previous centre was the governance side, and that is why we have put a lot of time in getting a strong governance base," Mr Auty said.

Hawera Combined Church members have also committed $25,000 toward refurbishing the place, ready for early January.

Mr Auty said the youth centre had been a year in planning and he was excited with how things had come together.

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