Down a verdant, hedge-lined driveway, nestled behind second-hand shops and a gourmet cheese deli on Featherston’s main street, you’ll find our Community Centre. It looks out across a generous parking lot to a sheltered veggie garden planted in front of several brightly coloured murals. The building is low slung and easily accessible having only one storey and no steps leading to its front or back entrances. Inside, the foyer gives onto the three main rooms where a wide variety of meetings, seminars, workshops, classes, exhibitions, events, functions and other gatherings have taken place over the years. There are four offices at the Centre used by both long-term tenants and by groups and individuals on a part-time, short-term or one-off bases. Users of the Centre are welcome to use the kitchen, wi-fi and heating (including the woodburner in the larger Kauri room). The terms and conditions for anyone using the Centre are explained in the Venue Hire Agreement.
9.4m x 7.86m
Our most popular and spacious room, is the carpeted Kauri room. It has a maximum capacity of around 100 people so is best suited for large workshops, seminars, public meetings, and private functions. It is frequently used by exercise classes and music groups in need of room to move about. Where large numbers of attendees are expected, we have additional seats available for hire. The room can be heated either by its wall heaters or by the log burner (whose firewood has been kindly supplied by local donors).
6.85m x 6.4m
The medium-sized Kowhai Room will accommodate up to 30 people. It is often used by special interest groups such as game clubs and support groups. The room can be set up to lead outside into a fenced off area, ideal for kids’ birthday parties and other children focussed activities (as the local playgroup does).
9.30m x 3.81m
Oriented to receive plenty of natural light, this room is used regularly for creative activities such as art and crafts workshops and classes. It has been furnished with sturdy workbenches and a sink with hot and cold water. Users of this room have direct access to the outside.
Our building features five smaller rooms used primarily as office spaces. The Rata, Rimu and Tawa are similar in size, whilst the Totara, is almost twice the size of the others. This year we added an additional office (the Kanuka Office) at the expense of the Kauri Room which lost its ‘alcove area’. Offices are rented out on both long-term and short-term bases. Presently, two of our offices are occupied by long-term tenants. The Centre has wifi available and offices feature standard basics like desks, and chairs. All offices are lockable. Contact the Centre’s Manager to find out what offices are available and when.
The Centre has a kitchen complete with an electric stove, fridge, microwave, generous bench space, and a hot water boiler. There are plates, cups, glasses, cutlery and assorted cookware including pots, pans and bowls. There are eight tables that can be set up to lay out a spread. They are mobile so they can be pushed back against the kitchen wall (for buffet style meals) or set up as individual tables around the kitchen surrounded by chairs. Centre visitors are welcome to use these facilities provided they adhere to the Centre’s terms and conditions of use which include keeping it clean and tidy and being mindful and respectful of other users. We can provide other basics like tea, coffee, milk and sugar in return for a koha donation to help replenish anything that you use.