Kāpiti Coast District Council will give $345,000 over six years for the refurbishment of the Ōtaki College gymnasium — and in return the community can use it for sports events and training.
The funding, agreed through Council’s Long Term Plan 2018–38, allows local sports teams and clubs to access the gym outside school hours for the duration of the refurbishment for a small koha.
Students and community benefit
“We are delighted to be able to provide this support to Ōtaki College which will help create a better facility for current and future students, as well as for our wider community to enjoy and benefit from,” says Group Manager James Jefferson.
The funding will go towards upgrades to the two gym rooms, offices, changing rooms and toilets.
New climbing wall
This follows a successful application to the NZ Community Trust for the construction of a new climbing wall at the gymnasium. Work is being undertaken in stages to allow the gym to remain in use.
“We know that getting active has really positive impacts on mental, physical and social well-being, and I’m delighted that we can… create a high quality facility for our students and wider community,” says Andy Fraser, Principal of Ōtaki College.
“I want to acknowledge the support of the Ōtaki Community Board and members of our school community for their commitment in getting the project underway.”
‘College is a vital part of community’
“Ōtaki College is a vital part of our community and the gym facility is available for use not only by students but many of our community groups.”
Ōtaki Community Board Chair Chris Papps says it made sense to support the refurbishment and to ensure the facility and College can continue to make a valuable contribution.
During term time, the gym is available to the public from 3.30pm to 10pm Monday to Friday and 7am to 10pm Saturday, Sunday and during school holidays.
For bookings and more information, contact Ōtaki College Sports Coordinator Kirsty Doyle on 06 364 8204 or at firstname.lastname@example.org