Good news as $1m Nawton centre opens

NEW CENTRE: The Good News Community Centre hopes to provide new opportunities for Nawton.
NEW CENTRE: The Good News Community Centre hopes to provide new opportunities for Nawton.

Nawton's almost $1m community centre is now officially open.

More than 300 people flocked to the ceremony for the Good News Community Centre, on the corner of Dominion Rd and Breckons Ave, and developed by Te Rongopai Community Trust.

More or less "everyone who had been involved in the process" came on Saturday, trust chairwoman Susanne Rowse said.

"We were really pleased with the event.

"There was a good mix of people and a good support from the community," she said.

"We had some of the financial supporters there, there was three city councillors an MP and people from the local community."

A powhiri launched the event, followed by a Christian blessing and a celebration when people from the community spoke about what the facilities would mean for them, Rowse said.

Southwell School and Crawshaw School pupils also provided musical entertainment.

The new Good News Community Centre includes a hall and administration centre, including offices, lounge and kitchen.

Funds were provided through a combination of three community grants, donated or reduced-cost goods from a number of local businesses.

Personal donations also added up, Rowse said.

"That raised over $450,000, with individuals capturing the vision and supporting it."

They moved into the centre about three weeks ago, said Rowse, whose husband Rev Joel Rowse is the vicar at St Mark's on the same site.

Programmes were now restarting in the centre, including a Sunday afternoon games and family meal programme, a pre-schoolers' play group, a Friends and Neighbours social group, a youth group and after-school club.

Further ideas were being explored, including budgeting services, a homework club, computer workshops, gymnasium and physical fitness programmes.

Waikato Times