Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board has approved designs for a redevelopment of Te Puke o Tara Community Centre in Ōtara.
The centre was built in the 1970s, and its outdated facilities mean it is not being used to its full potential.
The redevelopment will modernise the facility and reconfigure rooms to create more useful spaces. The lighting, heating, ventilation and kitchen facilities will also be upgraded, making the centre more inviting for visitors. A shared foyer will improve links with the pool and leisure centre and respond to demand for a community space.
The local board identified the refurbishment of this site as a key initiative to help build a thriving community.
Work is due to start later this year, once a procurement process has been held.
Manukau is transforming
Over the next 20 years, Panuku Development Auckland plans to transform the Manukau metropolitan centre, with the civic square at the heart of the change.
A series of ‘activations’ have already been held in the square, ranging from youth performances and exhibitions to gardening workshops and more.
These events have been run by The Roots Creative Entrepreneurs, Makerhood, Manukau Library, Friendship House, Healthy Families and The Southern Initiative.
The transformation of Manukau is part of the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board Plan, which aims to make the metropolitan centre the heart of the area by improving its attractiveness as a visitor destination, business centre and a place to shop, live, learn, work and play.