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.
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:
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:
Long term, the Trust is looking to add a swimming pool and additional facilities at the back of the main sports hall.
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 currently comprises 6 members:
Garth Dawson – Chair
Tony Cooper – Deputy Chair
Garth has been on the Trust for the past 5 years. Tony, Logan and Michael have been members of the past 12 months and Samantha recently joined the team.