Made locally - Park benches for Otangarei Parks

Made locally - Park benches for Otangarei Parks

The Whangarei Men’s Shed teamed up with an Otangarei work skills programme to teach people how to make park benches for the community.

Rākau Mārō is a community employment programme offered by Te Hau Āwhiowhio Trust which builds work ready skills amongst Otangarei whānau. The community workforce also supports the community with improvement projects - clearing litter in public places, maintaining a community garden, volunteering at community events, to name a few. Rākau Mārō even gave the Otangarei neighbourhood centre a bit of a facelift last year by painting the exterior of the shops.

Collaborating with the Men’s Shed to learn how to build park benches builds into two strategic goals - building skills and investing local talent in local projects; and making the community’s parks and public spaces nicer places to be.

The two completed park benches will complement the Otangarei playground that was built last year and a refurbished basketball half court, which is close to completion.

For Otangarei, this all contributes towards a vision shared by a number of organisations who support proud proactive prosperous whānau and a vibrant successful community, through the Kāinga Ora o Otangarei work programme.

Posted: Thu 16 May 2019