The Te Atatu Peninsula Community Trust was formed in 2006 with the express aim of serving the community of Te Atatu Peninsula. Actually this Trust was ‘re-formed’ from an older trust that had served this community since the 1980’s.
The objective of the Trust, as stated in the Trust Deed, is to provide direction and resources to serve its local community by seeking to meet the social, emotional, physical, spiritual and educational needs of people within that community.
We do this by partnering with a variety of community groups. For a full list of those groups and an introduction to what they do, check out the ‘Community’ link above. As well as providing a place for many of these groups to meet, we are also exploring other ways in which we might encourage and support them as they serve the community with their own unique contribution.
The physical focal point for this work is a ‘community centre’ located on the corner of Waipani and Beach Roads. The facility is owned by The Chapel (formally known as the Te Atatu Bible Chapel) and they have entrusted the management of this facility to the the Trust so that it can be best managed and developed for the benefit of the wider community.
While some of the cost of operating the Trust is met through hire fees, the majority of the costs are met by contributions from The Chapel and a growing number of other external funders. In recent times this has included:
- Auckland Communities Foundation Grassroots Giving
- Auckland Council Environment Initiatives Fund
- COGS Waitakere (Community Organisation Grant Scheme)
- Dragon Community Trust
- Foundation North
- New Zealand Lottery Grants Board – Auckland Community
- Sir John Logan Campbell
- The Chapel – Te Atatu
- The Trusts Community Foundation
- Z Good in the Hood – Z Te Atatu
The Trust employs a Community Support Worker, Monique, to coordinate with the various community partners in the provision of many family focused activities. Children and their caregivers are a very big focus for the Trust. In additional to the weekly programs there are at least four larger community get together events run each year and these are well supported and appreciated by all who participate. Many other activities that the Trust supports are run by teams of volunteers. Indeed a strong contingent of volunteers is the sign of a healthy community. The Chapel are the source of many of these willing workers.
The Trust supports the community garden situated adjacent to the buildings on the large section. This is an initiative supported by an active team of volunteers who meet regularly to share a love of gardening and a heart for community. Anyone is welcome to come and be a part of this fun focused venture, and of course anyone may also just come and help themselves from the garden. This is literally a community garden and our community are welcome to come and share from its bounty.