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tiles made by school children for Koraunui Stokes valley community hub
Tiles made by local school children for Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub

Koraunui Stokes Valley Hub – becoming the heart of the community

The Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub was opened by Hutt City Council just over a year ago on Friday 27 October, 2017. Since opening it has certainly made its mark on the community, becoming known as a safe and healthy environment for children and adults alike. 

The Kaitiaki (guardians) working at Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub dream big and aim to plan their monthly activities to cater for the entire Stokes Valley community. From movement, to art, to reading, to culture, to movies, to singing, to studying, to gardening… they’ve got it all.

Below is a list of just some of the things the Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub offered their community in January:

Becoming a centre of cultural excellence: So far, Kapa Haka sessions, a weekly Pasefika Poly Playgroup and Cuban and AFRA kids dance workshops have been started, with more plans for the future.

These groups don’t just attract the ages or culture in the name of their group; others come along to learn about different cultures, parents come to gain the ability to pass some of their culture onto their children through song and rhymes and elderly attend playgroups to interact with their culture and pass on some of their heritage.

Exercise or movement classes for all age groups: Baby bounce and rhyme, Takahurihuri Tamariki (Minimovers Gymsports), boxing, dance, Enliven Tai Chi, Seniors Table Tennis, Thai Box, Zumba and Steady as you Go.

Starting from babies – with Baby bounce and rhyme – and catering right up to seniors – with Table Tennis and Steady as you Go, a gentle peer lead exercise programme to increase balance, strength and mobility in seniors – the Hub has an exercise group for all ages and interests.

Community: Justice of the Peace, free legal help, 50+ cuppa conversation, CV help drop-in and a Housing NZ drop-in.

The Kaitiaki listen to their community visitors around the Hub and also at the events and activities they hold. When they identify a need within the community they contact community organisations and ask them to come in and help by running free sessions like the examples above.

Awakairangi Garden Blitz: A community initiative where people come together to build a backyard vegetable garden for someone in the community in an afternoon, born from a love of gardening and fresh food.

The goal is to create a network of māra kai around Lower Hutt, making fruit and vegetables more accessible. For many it may be the first time they have done any gardening so it is also a learning exercise and grows the collective skills and knowledge required to make these gardens successful and sustainable.

Awakairangi Garden Blitz

Over the next few months ‘Koraunui stories’ will be appearing on Hutt at Heart, showcasing some of the awesome initiatives being implemented there. Make sure you keep an eye out for them!



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