Takapuna Community Hub - Kotahitanga

“Thriving children  and whānau in healthy safe relationships”.  

Takapuna Community Hub — Kotahitanga is a step towards realising the vision, “Thriving children  and whānau in healthy safe relationships”.  The Hub has created a space for organisations to provide key services that were not previously  available in this geographical area. The spirit of the Hub is that of collaboration and collective initiative. The people and organisations involved in the Hub are working together to deliver specific services and also to create a close knit community in the heart of Takapuna. The space is committed to a shared vision, safety of children and families and community well- being. The Hub will provide a shared space for community organisations to provide key services that are currently not easily accessible to children and their whānau. (Photo left: ANCAD staff members — Deb Humphries and Prachi Mittal)

The aim is to create a thriving centre providing: family and sexual violence prevention services (especially for children), counselling & social work support; access to budgeting services; new mums / parents support; programmes; after school programmes around parenting and literacy; professional development opportunities for organisations; reading clubs for young children, playgroup sessions, and much more…

The Hub comprises of the St. Anne’s room with a capacity of 60-80 people, two office/counselling rooms and The Wynn Williams room which has a capacity of 20-30 people or could be used as a large office and client interaction space. A kitchenette in St. Anne’s room , a large shared kitchen and toilets, wi-fi access are among the other facilities available. The whole building is completely accessible and paid and unpaid parking is available nearby.  The rooms are available for hire and ANCAD is also looking for committed partnerships with community organisations to maximise the potential of this beautiful space.

 

  The room hire rates for not-for-profit community organisations are: 

  St. Anne’s room (capacity 60-80 people )

  •   $ 12.00 + G.S.T. per hour (for upto 5 hours )
  •   $ 70.00 + G.S.T.  (for 6-8 hours)
  •   $ 140.00 + G.S.T. for a full day.

  Wynn Williams Room (Capacity 20-30 people)                                                            

  •   $ 10.00 + G.S.T. per hour (for upto 5 hours )
  •   $ 50.00 + G.S.T. (for 6-8 hours)
  •   $ 120.00 + G.S.T. for a full day

  Email to make a room booking or for any other information regarding the Hub. 
  Also visit: 
  (Photo left:  Jeythantha Jeyaseelan standing next to the Takapuna Wishing Tree — at the Mary Thomas Centre., May 2018)                                                             

Our Impact: 

In 2017 – 2018, The hub was utilised for 162 events by 25 different groups and organizations. We have had encouraging feedback from those who have accessed the space. People have commented on the central location and accessibility of the space. One of the users said, “It is a lovely warm and welcoming space. Ideal for what we needed.” Another commented, “The location, kitchen facilities and comfortable seating made it ideal for purpose.” ANCAD is working closely with other community organisations to provide services and programmes at the Hub for children and families in Takapuna and surrounding areas. We are open to suggestions and ideas for what can be made available at the Hub.
If you have a great programme or service that you would like to make available to families and children please contact:  

The Wishing Tree

The spirit of community wellbeing and accessibility for all has been the driving force of the Takapuna Community Hub — Kotahitanga since its establishment in 2017. The Hub has focused on being a space where the community can access support programmes for children and adults, enjoy family friendly activities and come together for learning and professional development. In keeping with the spirit of the Hub, the Takapuna Wishing Tree event was planned and executed in partnership with the Shore to Thrive initiative of ANCAD and Takapuna Methodist Church and was provided key guidance by the North Shore Family Violence Prevention Network Coordinator — Deb Humphries. The grand Oak tree outside the Mary Thomas Centre provided us with the perfect setting for our very own wishing tree event on 29th May 2018. The Hub and rest of the building came alive with the buzz of the event. The wishing tree event gave us all a chance to share a collective space that represents our wishes, hopes and dreams. Everyone was invited to write a little wish and put it up on the Oak tree.


Or via the ancad blog here: 
Download a copy of the summary of wishes collected on the day: