The re-opening of the newly renovated Te Puke o Tara community centre marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the community of Ōtara.
The $3 million renewal project was the fulfilment of a long-held desire of Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board. It not only ensures the facility is better suited to the area’s needs, but also returns the centre to its original purpose of having a ‘youth’ focus.
Local board chair Lotu Fuli, who addressed over 300 well-wishers and dignitaries at the opening event, says there will be dedicated youth space which will be youth run.
“One of the local board’s main aims is to bring back that 'youth' focus so our youth council TOPS, alongside other youth groups will play a pivotal role in how that space is shaped and developed.
“As you can see Te Puke O Tara isn’t just another council building but really a symbol to us all of what’s possible when people put their minds to something,” she says.