Himatangi Beach Community Hall and Surf Club
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Himatangi Beach Community Hall
The community centre was first opened On Sunday, 4th of December, 1960
The following is an excerpt from the Manawatu standard Monday, December 5, 1960
Gala Occasion at Himatangi Beach
Although the weather on Sunday was not favourable for sunbathing or swimming, a good crowd gathered at HIMATANGI Beach to witness and celebrate the opening of the new community hall. A pipe band, a demonstration by the Foxton the fire brigade, roller hockey matches, stalls, competitions and a grand opening dance all produced for those present, a festive atmosphere to mark the occasion.
The the the new hall and the facilities attached to it would be worthy of any community, the Deputy Mayor of Palmerston North (Cr D. T. Spring) said in his address to the gathering. " the people of HIMATANGI and those who had helped with the construction of the centre should be proud of their efforts" he said. He also mentioned that after seeing the amenities provided he was pleased that the Palmerston North City Council had donated 500 pounds towards the cost.
The Trust was incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 on the 16th day of November 2004 and was registered as a charitable entity under the Charities Act 2005 on the 30th June 2008.
COMMUNITY TRUST INPUT INTO COMMUNITY
The Community Centre was built in 1961 by community volunteer labour. However by 2004 it was hardly being used and due the condition of the adjoining Surf Club the local authority had recommended it be demolished. The Trust approached the local authority and following some discussion the Trust obtained the lease of the Centre. With the idea of rejuvenating the hall as the hub of the area, they then set about seeking funds to refurbish and renovate the Centre. This included the addition of a Health Clinic and relocation of the Library, which were completed with assistance from the community, in March 2005. Both have proven to be great assets for the community.
The Health Clinic was originally run by the Trust but is now managed by Te Waiora Health Centre who provides the clinic with nurses for three mornings each week. The Library is run by local volunteers.
The Trust also consulted with the community and the Manawatu District Council and established their requirements for recreation and playground facilities. The township now has a new playground we are proud of. The Trust was also instrumental in working alongside locals to provide all the macrocarpa picnic tables and seating in the park.
Members of the Trust and local community have worked together to build the picnic area by the local store and also to ensure the area has cell phone coverage.
The Himatangi News is a local monthly HBCT publication produced by locals on a voluntary basis. Proceeds are put towards community projects, activities to bring the community together and the Trust's running costs. It provides a format for local clubs to advertise events and to keep the residents informed of village affairs.
The Trustees believe that supporting participation in community activities and fostering social interaction within the village will cultivate cohesion and strengthen ties within their community. They feel this is very important to health and wellbeing within the village and will serve to bring the community closer together.
A new 33 year lease for the Community Hall was issued by the Manawatu District Council to the Trust on 2nd April 2014.
The latest Trust project was to build an extension between the Community Hall and the new Palmerston North Surf Club clubrooms. The extension houses a large commercial kitchen, lock-up pantry and a storage area for tables and chairs to be housed. Trustees also obtained funding for equipment for the new kitchen. This was officially opened Saturday 24th October 2015 by Mayor Margaret Kouvelis(MDC)and M.P. Ian McKelvie. Also in attendance were Councilors Jo Heslop and Andrew Quarrie. Chris and Brian Rosvall were thanked for their extraordinary effort in completing the project.
In addition to the Kitchen project the Hall itself was refurbished with new paint work new and a small bar area.
The interior walls are painted 'Milk White' to highlight the Hall's beautiful polished wood floors.
It is the ideal venue for weddings, conferences and other celebrations. The commercial kitchen is well equipped and there is a Bar with its own chiller.
Located close to the beach and local Holiday Park (both only short walking distance away), the Hall can also be used in conjunction with the new Surf Club for functions.