Meet Dany Miller-Kareko, the new Onehunga/Oranga Hub Manager, a role which will help the community learn how to come together again, post almost two years of COVID-19 restrictions.
The Onehunga/Oranga Hub incorporates the Onehunga Community Library, the Onehunga Community Centre and the Oranga Community Centre. Having all three sites working as one team is part of the plan towards more joined-up efforts and community integration.
“Our aim is to work closely with the community to ensure that what the Hub is doing matches the needs and vision of those who live work or play in the area”
Previously managing the Takaanini Community Hub and Library, this move brings Dany working within her own neighbourhood. “I love Onehunga, and often describe it as the centre of the universe. Because I feel that it really is, we have everything here, and so much more is coming, so I want to make sure the community is ready for it and comes along for the ride.”
The Hub’s team are keenly aware that Onehunga is the focus of a 20-year Eke Panuku Regenerate Onehunga Masterplan which will see millions of dollars of investment to the area. The Oranga neighbourhood is also set for massive change through investment led by Kainga Ora.
“It is incredibly important that we keep the community connected and involved. While these projects focus on the built environment, our team are investing in creating strong social infrastructure in our area. We are focusing on activities that encourage our communities to nurture their connections, find more in common and connect!”
Onehunga Hub has an array of programmes available for the community, it also has rooms to hire – both small and large – the afterschool space keeps youth connected, elderly are embraced as part of many free activities.
“We want to be seen as the ‘hub of the community’, as a caring space for all to share. We are open to new ideas and activities, so please pop over and have a chat.”
Dany and her team are available at any of the three Onehunga/Oranga Community Hub locations. Find more details about how to get in touch and our opening hours here: aucklandlibraries.govt.nz
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