Northern News : August 3rd 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 215 Kerikeri Road Stone Store Basin WIN a Whirlwind Wedding worth almost $20,000 ENTER ONLINE AT www.thepeartree.co.nz 2nd BIRTHDAY BASH September 3rd 2 courses - $22.22 To celebrate our second birthday we're having a BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL 09 407 8479 New life for Moerewa Inspired: Victor Scott and young people at the new Moerewa youth centre. By EMMA GODWIN IT S an old story. The meat- works shut. The town was doomed. But Moerewa has transformed itself in the last decade. Inspired ideas from He Iwi Kotahi Tatou Trust led to Maori ventures such as the creation of Te Puna I Keteriki, the opening of a cafe, clothing store and art gallery. Now a centre for the youth where they can have fun and develop skills in a safe and supportive environ- ment has opened in a build- ing owned by the Moerewa Christian Fellowship Church. Resident Victor Scott says the improvements were supported by the youth and he was inspired to give some- thing back. The community here wants to acknowledge the input the youth have made by helping with the facelift and keeping the place tidy. The building called Pou Moemoe-a has been transformed into a smart, bright and serviceable centre with a kitchen, toilet facilities and a deck. It opened on July 18 after volunteers spent nearly a year getting it ready. There s plenty to keep youth busy including a pool table, ping- pong, darts, air hockey and a lounge area with PlayStation and a stereo. The centre will run programmes to help young people develop self-esteem and gain life-skills. We re not here to provide a babysitting service, Victor says. Christian Fellowship pas- tor Howie Edwards agrees. The babysitting model can encourage less responsibility. We want to support parents and provide a place for youth development, not create an alternative to home, he says. Volunteers have put their hands up to teach music, jewellery making, aerobics, cooking, hairdressing and outdoor survival skills. Victor is clearly the driving force behind the venture but he s quick to say it s a com- munity project. There are a lot of people involved who are working towards creating a better future for Moerewa. We can t change the world but we can make a positive change by creating self-esteem and a sense of self-worth in our youth. Pou Moemoe-a is open for 12-year-olds and up from 3.30pm to 9pm Mondays to Thursdays. It will be open until late Fridays and Saturdays. Entry is $1 per day. Flat Island takes full blast from twister Te Ngaere twister: Paul Scopas snapped this storm-driven twister as it headed straight for Te Ngaere on July 22. The twister instead veered off and hit Flat Island. Mr Scopas says everything went silent for a few moments after it passed and he was relieved to see it turn away.
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