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Rugby club secures future with joint-venture Continued from page 1. But The Hub also serves as a commercial venture with its rooms to be hired out when club members are not using them: Upstairs there are two lounges for entertainment events, and a community room for social and cultural groups, while the downstairs Green Room and Training Gym can be used by other sportspeople. Poneke Rugby Club chairman Kevin Jenkins says while the club had been financially healthy, the administrators realised that with a declining volunteer base and reduced revenue from bar sales, the trend was heading towards negative territory. He also notes the clubrooms building was a “lazy asset” that only got used for three percent of the year. “Four years later we now have one of the best clubrooms in the country.” T he Hub was officially launched on Monday evening with a blessing through the clubrooms led by Ben Ngaia of Te Atiawa iwi. Ross Jamieson, who will be the chairman of Toitu Poneke, says it will have 1800 members from seven Wellington clubs aged from four to 90 and from a range

Ben Ngaia leads a blessing through the premises of the new Toitu Poneke Sports Hub on Monday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

of cultures. “Special Olympians, Black Ferns, divers and swimmers will all train here. It’s also now home to a multi-cultural society.” It cost $2.5 million to build and renovate the Poneke clubrooms, with $750,000 provided by the Wellington City Council. The rest was provided by a number of sponsors, including charitable trusts, as well as fundraising.

Dame Margaret Bazley, who chaired Toitu Poneke’s establishment group, says the opening is a momentous occasion. She praises then deputy mayor Paul Eagle for pushing the council into coming on board, as well as council officer Glenn McGovern and council CEO Kevin Lavery for “sticking with us all the way through”. “All members who have had

the vision that life wasn’t going to stay the same in the future,” she says. “They have really future-proofed it for the next century.” It was hoped that rival club Marist St Pats would join, however they declined in the end. Margaret hopes they will in the future. “Everyone needs to be standing together to protect the future.”

Christmas card movement for the lonely spreads to Wellington An initiative that is helping to put smiles on lonely rest home residents faces this Christmas has snowballed from one Auckland mother and son’s single act of kindness to a widespread nationwide movement in a matter of weeks. Sending Love founder Hannah Rodgers has been overwhelmed with others wanting to participate since she shared the idea two weeks ago, which

has communities writing Christmas cards for lonely rest-home residents right across the country. “Sending Love is about one person putting love and thought into a card to pass a smile and a sense of feeling remembered and loved onto another person. “People all over New Zealand are really getting behind this this, it’s pretty amazing and overwhelming,” Hannah

said. The project is now in Wellington, and regional lead Christina Buckley encourages all Wellington communities to get involved by writing cards and finding their nearest drop box listed at There are currently 10 collection boxes set up in the Wellington region with more popping up each day. “You can either make your

own card or use a store bought one and the cards can be filled with anything they like as long as it lets the recipient know there is someone thinking of them. “Some people addressing it ‘Dear friend’, or ‘To someone special’ and are drawing pictures, writing poems, telling the recipient a bit about themselves or simply sending a nice Christmas wish,” Christina said.

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