Celebration event of Unity for Pan Pacific Community Hub

A celebration ceremony officially acknowledging the funding and support of the Pan Pacific Community Hub in Hamilton at the Hamilton Stadium Bowling Club.   

December 5, 2020

A celebration ceremony officially acknowledging the funding and support of the Pan Pacific Community Hub in Hamilton will be held tomorrow Saturday 5 December, at the Hamilton Stadium Bowling Club.

The celebration marks the start of construction for the Pan Pacific Community Hub, which last month received $8 million from the Provincial Development Unit. This is in addition to almost $4million raised through community and philanthropic groups to build the purpose-built facility at Hinemoa Park on Hamilton’s West Town Belt. The project is now fully funded. The integrated administration and health and well-being centre, early learning facility and an open fale-style space for community and cultural events will be an incredible addition to the city landscape.

Chief Executive of K’aute Pasifika Trust Leaupepe Rachel Karalus, Paula Southgate, Mayor of Hamilton, and our community will unite together to mark this significant occasion.

“The hub is about inclusion, ensuring the needs of the community are understood and met. The hub came about because of the community and is for the community. This is more than a collection of buildings. We know the hub will bring people together regardless of their ethnicity, religion, gender, age and sexuality, and we want to acknowledge that.”

The event coincides with the Moana Pasifika and Maori All Black Rugby match being played at FMG Stadium tomorrow. It is open to the public with Members of Parliament and representatives from both teams in attendance. The ceremony starts at 3pm. 

Leaupepe Rachel Karalus says the celebration is a prime example of what can be achieved through unified vision, collaboration between cultures, partnerships with business and community and government agencies. “This has been a journey of over 21 years, we are grateful for the strong relationships and support from our mana whenua and Pacific communities,” says Rachel.

A formal blessing and ground-breaking ceremony will take place next year.