Raetihi Community Hub

Through the Council 2018-2028 Long Term Plan consultation an opportunity arose to work in partnership with Uenuku to develop a Raetihi Community Hub.  This concept supports the broad aspirations of the wider Raetihi community and the desire of Uenuku to continue to provide a platform for Iwi to advance their social, cultural, environmental, and economic aspirations.

In 2019, Council engaged Horwath HTL to investigate preliminary options for the community hub.

Option 1 - upgrade the existing Council Service Centre.

·       Whilst investigating Option 1, Howarth HTL identified that by the time the required modifications are complete, the existing building will be fundamentally changed and potentially unrecognisable compared to the existing structure. 

·       The location of the current service centre is not favourable from the perspective of being the community heart and will always be on the town fringe.

Option 2 – build a new Community Hub facility.

·       Building new allows for the greatest design flexibility and an opportunity to future proof the hub without compromise; 

·       New build will significantly contribute to Councils goal of revitalising the town centre;

·        A new build provides an opportunity to design it in a way which has the potential to be enhanced/added to as the need arises, or funding becomes available;

·       A new build is more likely to attract and justify additional funding support through the means of charitable trusts, philanthropic donors, central government funding, lotteries commission.

Howarth HTL recommended Option 2 to Council.

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* 1. How would you describe Raetihi as a community?

Why?


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* 2. How do you think the Raetihi community can benefit from the construction of a purpose built new Community Hub?

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* 3. What is important to you and your whānau/family when you think about the opportunity of using a new community hub in Raetihi?

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* 4. Why is this important to you and your whānau/family?

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* 5. What do you imagine a community hub would look like from the street or when you go inside? 

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* 6.  Why should it look like this?

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* 7. What do you imagine a community hub would look feel like when you go inside?

Why should it feel like this?

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* 8. What are some of the key themes you would like to see showcased in the design of the Raetihi Community Hub?

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* 9. Why are these themes important to you?

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* 10. If there was absolutely no restriction on $$$, what are ALL the things/spaces you would like to see included a new community hub? Please List

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* 11. If there was no restriction on $$$ and thinking big, what is the single most important thing you would like to see included in the Raetihi community hub?

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* 12. Why is the inclusion of this important to you and your whānau/family?

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* 13. Do you currently use the Ruapehu District Council Service Centre in Raetihi?

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* 14. If yes, what Services do you currently use at the Ruapehu District Council Service Centre? (please list)

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* 15. How often do you currently visit the Ruapehu District Council Service Centre?

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* 16. If no, why don’t you currently use the Ruapehu District Council Service Centre in Raetihi? 

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* 17. What is your age?

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* 18. What is your gender?

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* 19. Which ethnic group/s do you affiliate with?

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* 20. What does your whānau/family look like at home?

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* 21. As this consultation continues for the Raetihi Community Hub continues, would you like us to keep in contact with you with any updates and other opportunities for you to share your opinions?

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* 22. If, yes to Q21, how would you like us to keep contact with you?

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* 23. Are you willing to share your Name? (Note: the information you supply in this question is confidential and asked solely to help the Raetihi Community Hub Consultation Project Cathy McCartney ensure as many locals as possible have been given the opportunity to participate in this survey)

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