The Te Puru Community Charitable Trust

The Te Puru Community Charitable Trust was formed in 2002 to complete and run the Te Puru Community Centre. The Trust was formed by the then Manukau City Council. The initial trustees saw the completion of the centre and got the operational side up and running.

Strategic Goals

The strategic goals of the Trust for the next 3 years are to redevelop the centre to support the Trust’s vision of a vibrant active hub of the community.

Planned developments include:

  • relocation of the administration area to the south side of the building, which is currently the back entrance. This will provide a better welcome to users of the centre.
  • building a deck at the front of the clubrooms. This will give us more space in the clubrooms as well as moving people closer to the action on the fields.
  • improved sound isolation between the sports hall and the function room. This will enable the centre to have more activities happening in the function room and sports hall at the same time.
  • update our kitchen - the current kitchen area is in need of an update to better serve the growing number of users of the facility and clubrooms.

In addition to the building developments, the Trust is looking at working with current park users, the community and the Franklin Local Board in developing the park.

Park developments include:

  • additional parking
  • more flood lighting
  • fitness trail around the park
  • all-weather multipurpose training surface

Long term, the Trust is looking to add a swimming pool and additional facilities at the back of the main sports hall.

Funding

The Te Puru Community Centre forms part of the Auckland Councils Facilities Network. As a result, 50% of the Trust’s funding comes from the Council Community Access Grant which enables it to provide activities and spaces for the community to engage in active recreation and leisure.

The remaining funding required to operate the facility, about $350,000, comes from affiliation fees, clubrooms usage, school holiday programme, food and beverage sales, room hire and general usage.

The Trust supports the local communities through discounted room hires, sharing of profits and employing staff from within the community.

The Trust

The Trust currently comprises 6 members:

Garth Dawson – Chair

Tony Cooper – Deputy Chair

Logan Kemp

Michael Peters

Samantha Sutherland

Vaughan Bayer

Garth has been on the Trust for the past 5 years and Vaughan the last 4 years. Tony, Logan and Michael have been members of the past 12 months and Samantha recently joined the team.