Community centre on way for Gate Pā

Artist’s impression of a proposed concept – which is subject to change). Photo: Tauranga City Council.


A new community centre is coming to Gate Pā, and members of the community can proudly say they’ve played a part in the shaping of it.

According to Tauranga City Council, local residents, mana whenua and representatives from a number of local organisations have had direct input regarding the location and design of the facility, as well as identifying areas of needs and opportunities.

The proposed location of the community centre is adjacent to Anzac Park - on land Accessible Properties is making available for the project to support the community outcomes. The centre will be a 500sq m building with natural flow and connection out to the park.

Tania Wilson, general manager of tenancy services at Accessible Properties, says her organisation is thrilled to have collaborated with TCC to bring the Gate Pā Community Centre to life.

“This project stemmed from the Gate Pā community’s desire for a central hub where people can gather, learn, have fun and connect. We eagerly anticipate seeing this vision realised,” says Tania

TCC general manager of community services Barbara Dempsey is looking forward to seeing the centre become a well-used hub in the close-knit community.

“Everyone will be able to use the community centre.

“It will provide a variety of professional services and advice, community programmes and events, multi-purpose rooms, a kitchen for food preparation, kaumātua services and a community noticeboard.”

Construction is planned to start in late 2024, with the new centre anticipated to open by late 2025.

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