Northern News : February 18th 2015
14 NORTHERN NEWS, FEBRUARY 18, 2015 about town Social enterprise Arco opened their youth space called Nga kete matauranga e toru o Kaikohe (Kaikohe’s three baskets of knowledge) on January 23. The three seating pods, living wall and mural reside where the old Kaikohe Hotel used to be. There was unicycling, loud music, jelly, art, chess, hanging out and everything else a youth space might need. Reporter Sarah Harris was there to record their achievement. NEWS Reaping rewards: Ana Heremia, Brent Strathdee, Waimarama Strathdee-Lammas, Ruby Watson and Tela Donnelly. Donnelly says the community space has been an amazing project to be involved with. ‘‘I think it’s really awesome to see everyone come together and enjoy it.’’ Waiting patiently: Manaia Tuwhare, 12, Tayna-Marie Beazley, 13 and Anika Rogers, 12 are waiting for the jelly. Blossoming town: Arco founders Ana Heremia and Ruby Watson with visiting jellyologist Jess Mentis do a great job of keeping the youth entertained and making Kaikohe vibrant. Sweet sounds, below: DJ Hype had loud tunes blasting from the new community space to let everyone know they’re there. Genius jellyologists: Arco made lemon and manuka honey, L&P, kiwifruit, pineapple lump and pavlova flavoured jellies for the opening of the youth space. Hanging out: Jrezhan Harris, 12, Vincent Delacroix, 17, Kane Harris, 10, Rachel Nimmo, 16 and Verbina Kopa test out the new seats. Dark horse: Handmade chessboards are free to use. You just have to collect them from the Arco pop up shop on Broadway. Super stars: Unicycling female world championSamla Hood, 18, and national champ Samuel Tzikoucos, 16, spin some tricks on the concrete.
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