Pan Pacific Community Hub provides holistic wellbeing

Published: Nov 6, 2020 · Updated: Dec 1, 2020

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The government is investing $8 million in to the K’aute Pasifika Trust (KPT) to back their development of a community hub which will provide businesses and other support to Waikato Pasifika people.

A group of people smiling wearing matching blue puletasi and shirts. There is a siapo on the wall in the background.

The K'aute Pasifika team.

KPT is a long standing and well-respected organisation within the Waikato region offering a variety of business and wellbeing services to the Pasifika communities.

This funding will help develop a purpose-built facility offering business and other support for Pasifika wellbeing.

The Pasifika population in the Waikato region is growing rapidly and the demand for Pasifika business support and social and health services is increasing as a result.

The Provincial Development Unit (PDU) funding is a $6 million grant and $2 million loan and will help the trust to redevelop the vacant Hamilton Stadium Bowling Club at Hinemoa Park, build an early learning centre and fale, along with site works for servicing the building, car parking and landscaping.

A significant percentage of Pasifika businesses are sole traders and support for this group is not strongly available. The hub will also provide a meeting and activity space, community health services and early learning facilities.

There is high demand in the Waikato region for business support to be provided by Pasifika for Pasifika and the project has had 17 letters of support from various partners including Hamilton City Council, Waikato Tainui, Wintec, and the University of Waikato.  

This investment along with PDU funding of nearly $4 million support into Pasifika churches in the Waikato region helps boost Pasifika opportunities for jobs, business, training and apprenticeships complimenting the wellbeing services offered by KPT.

With the funding, KPT will be able accelerate construction of this project.

A graphic version of what the hub will look like featuring a large modern long brown fale.

Artist impression of the Pan Pacific Community Hub.