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Venue Hire Opportunity

Do you need a venue on a weekly basis for a group or course? Our childcare building on the corner of Centreway Road is currently available during the day on Tuesdays, as well as every evening. While it is not suitable for disabled people it is very versatile in other respects. See our Childcare page for photographs and Services page for rates and description.

Welcome to our new Co-ordinator

Farewell of a different kind to Michelle Drinnan who has been our co-ordinator in the office for the last five years. Michelle is leaving to work with her husband in their new business and to support family. We will miss Michelle's cheerful and friendly personality and her ability to handle all the different facets of her role. Her sense of fun and humour has brightened many days and she will be missed.

However, as Michelle leaves we welcome back Judith Pearce who for many years was our OSCAR After School Care Supervisor. Judith has a wealth of knowledge about the Community House and the local area as she lives nearby and is involved with other local organisations. We hope Judith will enjoy her new role. She will be training up to take over Michelle's car seat technician role so we can still offer our rental programme. Welcome Judith!

Governance Board members

The Community House is governed by a board of mainly local people. At our recent AGM we welcomed many of our existing members back for another term as well as two new members in the form of Laraine Sheffield and Ramon Rae. Laraine is well known in the local not-for-profit sector and Ramon is one of our hardworking shop volunteers. We are lucky to have great continuity in our Board and thank all the members for their commitment, enthusiam and input. See Our Team page for all the details.

We have finally allowed our long-standing Vice Chairperson, Rique Higgins, to retire. Rique had been with the Community House and on the Management Committee/Governance Board for more than ten years. He had also done a term as Chairperson. Now that he has retired from his counselling role and has taken up new activities he is enjoying a well deserved retirement. Rique has been a tremendous source of wisdom, cool thinking, straight talking and great humour over the years and we will miss him from our "family". Thank you Rique and all the best.

AGM Report

Thank you to all who attended our recent AGM. Due to a slow response from our auditors our audit report was not part of the reports presented on the day. It is now available from the office if anyone would like a copy. Details will soon be updated on the Charities Commission website also.


Further thanks to all who supported our raffle outside Kiwibank and in our shop prior to Easter. We raised over $500 thanks to the generosity of our community. All prizes have been claimed. A list of winners has been displayed in Kiwibank Orewa and in our Community Shop. The staff at Kiwibank were again very helpful in assisting us with selling tickets. Thank you to them.