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Hornby youth hangout awarded $24,000 grant

Sam Faalilo
Outside of the Hornby Youth Hangout
Outside of the current Hornby youth hangout.  Sam Faalilo & Azriel Taylor

A "vital" investment in young people, says community leader.

The Waipuna (Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton) Community Board has given the funding to the Community Development Network (CDN) Trust.

The trust will use the money to refurbish an old Plunket building in Wycola Ave, Hornby.

CDN Trust Manager James Harris said the centre is "a safe place for young people to come after school to play a game of pool or foosball, share a scoop of chips with friends, play some basketball and chat with a youth worker".

The youth hangout currently operates out of the Hei Hei Community Centre on Tuesdays for intermediate school-aged children and Thursdays for high school students. It is open from after school until 5pm.

Youth workers from the CDN Trust are available to chat, and the centre has several games including air hockey, foosball, Pool, Basketball, PS4 and Wii.

Harris said the new centre would be open the same hours in its new location, but could add an extra day if the need arose.

8 Wycola Ave, future location of Hornby youth hangout
8 Wycola Ave, future location of Hornby youth hangout Google Maps

Waipuna Community Board chairperson Mike Mora said youth hubs provided opportunities to build stronger communities

"That benefits everyone”.

He said it was vital to invest in the youth of Hornby.

The new hangout centre is expected to open before the end of the year. It will also be used as a hub for CDN Trusts Teen Adventure Camps.

Social media posts on the Greater Hornby Residents Association Facebook group showed high support for the proposal, as the building had become messy and under-utilised.

Wycola Avenue shops, located next to the current Hornby youth hangout
Wycola Avenue shops, located next to the current Hornby youth hangout Sam Faalilo & Azriel Taylor