Funding from Pasifika Futures under the Whānau Ora programme helps the Cook Islands Ta’okotai’anga Charitable Trust trading as Cook Islands Development Agency New Zealand (CIDANZ) to officially launch its oneCOMMUNITY S.H.E.D project.
The Facility, designed and built by Strachan Group Architects (SGA) which also integrated 16 students from UNITEC’s School of Architecture.
CIDANZ Chair Henry Herman says the project’s success was based on lots of talking and hundreds of meetings with community groups and funder, Pasifika Futures.
“We are creating a new urban facility and support services. The oneCOMMUNITY S.H.E.D, is going to transform this whole area of Mangere as we progress towards the build of oneVILLAGE. This is a huge and exciting accomplishment.”
“The emphasis will be on offering a blend of cultural tourism and community innovation, partly because there is a whole range of exciting ideas for our oneCOOPERATIVE aspirations, says Mr Herman. There may be plans to expand our model of community innovation to other regions in the country.”
In conjunction with CIDANZ’s newly developed Enterprising Families program “eFAMILY,” the facility offers a virtual working space for families to research, test and demonstrate enterprising ideas. The facility is versatile and functional which can be used for a wide variety of family and community enterprising activities.
CIDANZ Chief Executive Ina Michael said he wants people in the community to feel at home and make the most of the facilities in a relaxing and inspiring environment that enables families to turn dreams into reality. On the front of the facility, the oneCOMMUNITY S.H.E.D sign and corresponding slogan reads, “Ideas inspiring change.”
“This is a special place for families in the South Auckland area to access and make good use of the facilities. Whilst our work primarily is with the Cook Islands community, it is a facility available for all of communities in the South Auckland area, hence the oneCOMMUNITY S.H.E.D name and vision.”
“Thanks to the money from the government’s Whānau Ora Pacific Innovation fund administered by Pasifika Futures we are able to do this work and develop the facilities for our community.”
Pasifika Futures chief executive Debbie Sorensen says she is pleased to fund this project out of the Whānau Ora Innovation programme as a collaborative model of development, production, knowledge sharing and financing.
“Pasifika Futures investment in this project is evident in the successful launch of the project and we commend CIDANZ in their vision and for returning our investment in a very short time. We also like to thank the Cook Island community in South Auckland for getting behind this wonderful project.”
“Having developed the oneCOMMUNITY S.H.E.D Cook Islands families will be supported to test and grow various co-operative enterprises and projects that will help them achieve lifelong learning and live financially free.”