FAQs

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What is a community House?

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A Community House is a central facility for social support services in a co-operative and supportive environment. It provides integrated social services together in a hub for the whole community.

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How was the project initiated?

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In 2004 a study initiated by QLDC identified a need for community organisations servicing Wanaka to have a centralised hub. The Anglican Church championed the construction of a community facility on a portion of their land in McDougall Street on a long term lease back basis. It was recognised that the facility should be secular so the ownership and management of the project was transferred to the Wanaka Community House Charitable Trust in 2011.

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What is the relationship with the Church? How much control do they have?

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The Church is a community stakeholder in the project with one member sitting on the WCHCT board. There is a legal lease agreement that has been signed by the Church and the WCHCT leasing the land for a period of 35 years at $1 per annum. The Community House will run by the WCHCT and the church will be a tenant.

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What will it cost?

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At this stage we are estimating $3.9 million.

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Who will fund it?

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We will fundraise through applying for grants, running our own fundraisers and by asking other groups to support our cause for a one-off year. We’ll also be looking for individuals and companies to join us as sponsors or supporters.
We have obtained funding from Central Lakes Trust, Otago Community Trust, Lotteries, Sargood Bequest, Alexander McMillan Trust, Callis Trust.

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What is council’s involvement?

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Council are supportive of the project and we expect to get financial support from the community services fund.

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Who will use the facility?

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Everybody! We have 40 tentants. Frequent users will be those who give or need advice, assistance or support. The expansive foyer will be a great place for people to congregate for a casual meeting and a lovely drop in zone for the elderly. The creative arts and music groups will be frequent users for quiet spaces and for rehearsals and performances.