History of Ranui Community Centre.
In 1974 a small group of like-minded people formed a committee and took on the task of getting the Ranui Community Centre up and running. They were there for the community. They did fundraising, existed as a meeting place and held a few classes. These people had a strong sense of ownership of their small community centre. The Ranui Community Centre became an Incorporated Society in 1978 and thereafter became bound by the legal structures associated with all societies. Also in 1988 as part of its strategic plan, the Waitakere City Council took on the central control of the Ranui Community Centre. It was at this point that the management committee were instructed to employ a coordinator, the wages for which would be funded through Council’s Annual Plan. The coordinator would be accountable to the Committee. In 1994 the original Centre at 4 Ranui Station Rd, Ranui was given over the Cook Island group. A much larger relocated building (the old Post Office building from Te Atatu South) was placed on a new, more easily accessible site at 474 Swanson Rd, Ranui. In October 2014 the new Ranui Library was opened leaving the space they vacated to the Ranui Community Centre for their use. Unfortunately the centre has outgrown its space and the building as a whole is no longer fit for purpose. So in 2015 we are expecting to do a complete refit of the centre and café making it a much more useful space. In 2008 we opened the Tea Tree Cafe in the Community Centre for three major reasons. The first one being that our local residents could gain an entry to the centre, just sit and have a cuppa and see what goes on here. The second reason was to provide some local employment, and thirdly in the long run to make a profit that can be channelled back into the centre for the benefit of all. Currently we are busy getting funding all lined up for the refit of the centre and café doing some major funding applications. Besides this we are really very busy as usual with the centre, gardens and café. We also hope during this process to get our Community Men’s shed underway – so this year will be very busy and exciting for us all here at the Ranui Community Centre.