History and Purpose

In 1990 an initiative named ‘Wake up Featherston’ was inaugurated to enliven and invigorate the town.  In response to this a group of Featherston residents identified the need for a community hub to provide a base of operations for the many Featherston community groups.  The Featherston Community Centre Trust was formed in 1991 to find and provide the facilities needed.

The old Telecom building at 14 Wakefield Street was vacant and being sold and Telecom allowed the Community Centre Trust to operate from there for $30 per month which was covered by weekly Housie nights.   A buyer did not materialise, so in 1996 the property was offered to the Trust, who decided to buy it, making the repayments with funds raised from the Housie nights.

The Trust paid the property off in about 5 years and the South Wairarapa District Council, who were guarantor to the mortgage, paid the final $5000 and in 2000 the Community Centre Trust took ownership. 

The Trust saw a need to house community services such as Social Welfare, Housing and community and personal counselling groups and services and these are all hosted at the Community Centre.  Various community activities are also hosted at the Centre, providing support for a broad range of people and their interests and it has become a social hub for the people of Featherston and the Wairarapa.