What we are about
Following a meeting chaired by Ken Ross in St Mary's church hall in the spring of 2017 a few of us got to thinking it would be great if we could resurrect some of the initiatives that we have had in the village in the past to create a general marketplace/gathering place for small groups and individuals to hold classes, sell craft work and local produce. The old Hokianga Herald building was unused and looking in a sad state and as it is one of the few remaining precinct buildings of a suitable size (not too big and not too small!) we went about finding out how we could make use of it. The upshot in that the building is now owned by the Kohukohu Community Trust and as a subgroup of that the Hokianga Herald Group - Te Ropu Herara was formed to make our ambitions a reality.
Some initial ideas for the space are:
- A gathering place - drop in, use the internet have a chat and a cup of coffee
- A shop for local produce, gifts and crafts
- A place for small workshops and classes both taught and online
- An information resource for the well being of the environment
We are just getting started - excited but feeling a bit daunted by the all the things we have to do to make it happen - just a few of the things on the list:
- Finalise the acquisition of the Herald Building (Done!)
- Set up a bank account (Done!)
- Arrange insurance
- Get the building cleared out (Kind of done!)
- Figure out what needs to be done to make it safe and habitable
- Get funding for renovations - it's an historic building so no doubt there will be lots of involvement from the council and others
- Start getting people/groups involved in running things/doing things in the building
In the meantime we were successful in our application for a grant from the Kai Ora fund (details) which will enable us to buy a chilly cabinet and start making available local fresh produce.