Shannon Kai Hub’s Sharon Williams speaks with Rev Jessica Falconer outdoors the hub’s new op store location.
Pa Wylie Te Peeti, left, receives a recent sizzling sandwich ready by Karina Manihera, on the Kai Hub open day. WARWICK SMITH/STUFF
A pātaka kai established to assist a Horowhenua city in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic is anticipating its second yr to be as busy as its first as a result of rising price of dwelling.
However there are additionally massive plans to additional evolve an area which has rapidly develop into a key a part of the city.
Individuals packed into the Shannon Kai Hub on Saturday to rejoice its first birthday.
The results of conversations between individuals who helped civil defence in the course of the first coronavirus lockdown and Horowhenua District councillor Robert Ketu, the hub relies round a neighborhood pantry.
The hub gave out 22,100 kilograms of meals in its first yr, feeding 16,429 individuals.
It additionally distributed rapid-antigen checks, sanitary merchandise and different gadgets to individuals isolating or unable to entry them.
Varied donors had come on in the course of the yr, starting from Shannon Faculty and different Horowhenua pātaka kai (meals storage) to the Sikh neighborhood and Simply Zilch in Palmerston, in addition to Muaūpoko Tribal Authority.
There may be additionally an op store the place you may purchase a bag of garments or sneakers for the worth of spare change, an area for individuals to speak over a cup of tea and a gallery of artwork created by locals.
Patricia Te Au, 82, who lives in close by Mangaore village, stated she had been going to the hub because it opened.
She primarily went for companionship and socialising, whereas the three grandchildren she cared for additionally liked going to the hub.
“A variety of the younger ones are available in.
“Once they are available in and assist, they really feel extra of part of the neighborhood.”
The gallery for native artists, Nga Toi Aroha, was gifted its identify by Pa Wylie Te Peeti.
He stated Shannon was lucky to have an area such because the hub, the place individuals may congregate and be sorted.
Steering group member Sharon Williams stated the rising price of dwelling, particularly the escalating value of petrol, gave credence to the hub’s place within the city.
“For a neighborhood like Shannon, it’s a must to just about drive in all places for any important providers.”
Individuals who collected meals from the hub may get monetary savings for travelling to these providers, comparable to physician’s appointments in Levin or journeys to Work and Earnings in Foxton, or for emergencies comparable to a damaged water cylinder or burst automotive tyre.
Whereas the hub already had many transferring components, work was underneath approach for a neighborhood backyard and laundromat.
Williams stated the backyard, earmarked for a patch of naked land subsequent to the hub, could be constructed so youngsters, individuals utilizing wheelchairs and people unable to bend over because of mobility points may all get caught in.
“We would like it to be accessible from the outset.”
Individuals can study extra by visiting the Shannon Kai Hub at 36 Plimmer Terrace between 10am and 3pm, Tuesday to Saturday, or by visiting the hub’s Fb web page.