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Setback for community centre
By DUBBY HENRY
Community workers desperate for new
premises face a major setback after a
funding request was turned down.
The Great Potentials Trust asked
the Papakura Local Board for a grant
to build a community centre alongside
its early childhood centre soon to be
built in Takanini s Oakleigh Ave.
Many community programmes,
including Plunket and afterschool
care, are run out of Takanini Primary
School and space is running out.
School spokeswoman Linda Kelly
told the local board the community
didn t want to be like Randwick Park
and have a murder before we get good
community facilities .
The Great Potentials Trust is well-
respected and would be the ideal can-
didate for such a centre, she said.
But the request was declined after
advisers told the board the $400,000
required would have to be taken from
funds earmarked for a new Papakura
Board chairwoman Hine Joyce-
Tahere said the board agreed Takanini
had large pockets of deprivation
which needed the support a com-
munity centre would provide.
The Papakura Community Centre
would be too far away to serve Taka-
nini families without easy access to
transport, she said.
The future of the Takanini centre is
still open for discussion, including the
possibility of attaching it to the
Takanini library, which is hoped to be
completed in 2016. Deputy chairman
Brent Catchpole said that would cre-
ate a hub where everyone can congre-
Funding for a report on such a move
will not be available until next year.
Apiata to run youth camp
By DUBBY HENRY
HIGH WIRE CHARITABLE TRUST
The trust was set up in memory of Papakura liquor magnate Michael
Erceg. It has big plans for the southern region.
1000 people between 8 and 18 years old go through the gates every
The main Dominion Rd facilities include a service academy and trade
training as well as a high ropes course and ''endless gear'' for adventure
and fitness activities
The camp at Awhitu Peninsula, bought from Waiuku College, is being
cleaned up and ''upmarketed'' as an adventure camp, with Willie Apiata
The consent process is under way for a large fitness complex on two
acres of newly purchased land in Dent Pl, complete with accommodation.
Hiring coup: Getting Willie Apiata on
board is the ''icing on the cake'' for
Papakura's High Wire Trust.
IT S a whole new ball game at the
High Wire Trust now that Corporal
Willie Apiata s on board, trust
chairman Calum Penrose says.
The Victoria Cross recipient said
last week he would leave the army
to take over running the Papakura
trust s camp at Awhitu Peninsula.
Mr Apiata, who received the Vic-
toria Cross for carrying an injured
comrade to safety through gunfire
in Afghanistan in 2004, will join a
number of ex-SAS personnel
already on the High Wire Trust
Having Willie will just be the
icing on the cake, Mr Penrose
Mr Apiata says the decision to
leave the military and take the
High Wire job was not made
I am very proud of my service
with the New Zealand Defence
Force and I am very grateful for all
of the support I have received.
Though Mr Apiata will run the
Awhitu camp he will still be on call
with the SAS reserves.
Willie is a loveable guy, he s a
real family guy, he s generous but
you ll never take the army out of
Willie, Mr Penrose says.
He has put in the hard graft for
New Zealand and now wants to do
the same locally, he says.
He wants to touch the hearts
and the minds of young people in
Getting Mr Apiata on board is
another step in the trust s mission
to help at-risk youth.
Often they re from dysfunc-
tional families or haven t got role
models within the home, Mr Pen-
It s about showing that leader-
ship to them, about young people
learning a bit of respect and disci-
The young people are referred
through the Corrections and Jus-
tice ministries, the police and local
After two or three weeks within
the trust you ll be absolutely
amazed at the turnaround with
those young people, he says.
Their instructors have got them
on a path, they ve got some sort of
direction they re going for and they
want to know where they re going.
The trust s already seen a num-
ber of kids who dropped out of
school at 14 or 15 achieve NCEA
level one, he says.
If they go into a classroom they
start acting up big time. Why?
They re bored. They don t know
where they fit within society.
Get them up on the high ropes,
out abseiling or kayaking. Some-
thing that s going to really chal-
lenge them -- then we put them
through the classes so they can get
The trust also gets good buy-in
from prospective employers, Mr
Penrose says, because it challenges
the mindset that all young people
want do is lie in bed in the morn-
ing, drag their sorry butts out of
bed at about 10 o clock and sit on a
cellphone all day .
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