MP backs ‘hub’ for Kawerau

Date published: April 14, 2013 at 11:10 am | Comments

The idea of a one-stop-shop for Kawerau’s social services is being backed by the local MP.

Todd McClay’s supporting the District Council’s wish to relocate the likes of WINZ, the Ministry of Social Development and training organisations to the empty Kawerau Intermediate site on River Road.

The Rotorua member says while in its early stages, the proposal seems to be a good one.

He says they still need to do a bit of work around this, but certainly the idea of a hub and spoke model seems fitting.

He says there will be the likes of WINZ, health agencies and Housing New Zealand all centrally located.

Mr McClay believes this will be efficient as if you are in one place for a service but require the help of another department, they are right there.

He thinks there are several elements of the proposal which could benefit Kawerau.

He says what’s of real merit, is working out whether there can be an interface between training and support, to help people get skills towards the work force.

But he reiterates there is work to be done, and that now the Council and Mayor have come up with the idea, they need to see if its feasible.

Meanwhile, Kawerau’s civic leader is holding onto the word of the East Coast MP when it comes to the future of the school she initially decided to close.

Malcolm Campbell says leaving it there isn’t an option.

He says this is because then Education Minister Anne Tolley, promised the town she wouldn’t leave the buildings vacant to turn into derelicts.

Mr Campbell says he will be keeping her to that promise.

Investigating future of old intermediate site

There are a number of things to consider when developing plans for the future of an old Eastern Bay school.

Kawerau District Council and the Ministry of Social Development are looking into creating a social hub at the town’s old intermediate grounds on River Road.

Local MP Todd McClay says there’s lots of work to do before if it’s known if this can become reality.

He says they’re making sure the former intermediate site is suitable, the buildings are up to code and there’s enough space for people in the wider community to access it as easily as they might the town centre.

He explains they’ll be putting in a lot of work in the next couple of weeks to see what the implications for the different departments are and what benefits it could have for the people of Kawerau.

Source: 1XX FM