The Pines and Kairaki Beaches Association – 90 Years Old and Counting …

The Association held its AGM last night – something like its 90th or 91st – they’re not sure. There was a good turn-out.

Nothing unual about that, you might think.

But this is a community that was badly hit in the Septemebr and subsequent earthquakes. All of Kairaki has been red-zoned and the southern half of The Pines.  People have left the community, others are planning to leave.  The shop, a centre for community contact, has closed. The committee itself has lost membership during the year through people leaving.

Yet, the vacancies on the committee were easily filled. No arm-twisting, no shoulder-tapping – people just put up their hands and volunteered.

They talked about what they were going to do over the coming year. They established a new “Friends” category for membership so that former residents and landowners with the interest of the community at heart could retain their connection and continue to contribute. 

This is a community that is picking itself up and moving forward.

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