The Gathering Place
For more than a century 80 Mutu St has been a gathering space and focal point in the social, spiritual, cultural and geographic landscape of the Waipā District community. Many of us have connections with the previous church, or the current facilities which continue to host over 850 people every month and where thousands of dancers have learned their steps in the old hall. For the fourth time in its history St Andrews is bringing a new building to town. More than a church and far more than the iconic buildings which have featured in the Te Awamutu landscape for the past 125 years, the new complex will provide long term benefits to the people of Waipā.
Incorporating an auditorium, hall, commercial kitchen, flexible function and seminar rooms, counselling spaces, play areas, a barista corner and offices, the new spaces will be available for use and hire by the community seven days a week. Church services will be held in the auditorium along with weddings and funerals which have had to be turned away since the demolition of the beautiful old building in 2015. The new category 3 rated building will strengthen community resilience by providing a place of shelter and welfare in the event of an emergency.
The development utilises existing freehold land on an arterial route into town, with the benefit of ease of reach for pedestrians, cyclists and scooter users. Set between the bustling retail area and expanding ‘hub precinct’ the complex is designed with the growth and needs of the whole community in mind. Plans and consents have been achieved by a voluntary group of dedicated locals who have raised almost one third of the three-million-dollar project budget. We now seek financial contributions from the community to begin construction by late 2020 or early 2021.
We invite your donation in the spirit and tradition of the hands-on volunteers and contributors who worked together to build the previous buildings as a community. Your support is vital and very much appreciated and through this letter we invite you to give any amount you feel comfortable with, towards a wonderful community asset for future generations.
Donations may be made direct to the Te Awamutu Presbyterian Church building bank account (BNZ Te Awamutu): 02-0440 -0033877-01 or delivered to the church office. Enquiries please contact Ray Miller on 027 2910607 or the church office on 07 871 6609.
Selected plans are available to view at the church office in Mutu Street or click here.