Hamilton City Council has earmarked a high-profile central city site for K’aute Pasifika’s proposed Pan Pasifika Community Hub. A large modern fale is proposed for the old bowling club site opposite Hamilton’s FMG Stadium Waikato. The hub proposal will bring together health, education, and social services run by K’aute Pasifika Trust. “Having a hub in the middle of the city will change lives in our communities and those across our broader Midlands Region,” said K’aute Pasifika Trust Chief Executive Rachel Karalus. In September 2018, Hamilton City Council’s Community Services and Environment Committee voted in favour of the Trust’s occupancy on the central site. “We’ve dreamed of this for 20 years. There’s really nothing like this in New Zealand so we think the committee is showing a great deal of courage and leadership,” added Ms Karalus. Trust Waikato has approved funding of $2.1 million toward the fale and hub design and construction as a significant capital project for the city. The entire hub project is estimated to cost approximately $10 million. K’aute Pasifika Trust will now work closely with...