Topic: A Brief History of Waimarie

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Waimarie Community House has been open since the end of 2001.

October 1999
Ideas for a Hamilton East Community House began in October 1999. The proposed Community House will be funded by Hamilton City Council on the condition that the House has strong management, and community focus and involvement.

6 November, 1999
The Working Party held a sausage sizzle outside Steele Park to fundraise and publicise the public meeting.

November 9, 1999
A public meeting was held on November 9, 1999 at the Wellington Street Hearing Association. All community members were encouraged to attend.
This meeting addressed proposals for an Eastside Community House/ Centre. At this point, the Hamilton East community consisted of approximately 29,000 young students, employed middle aged individuals, and retired elderly. Those present at the meeting were asked if they were interested in establishing a committee.

The Community House received publicity through public meetings and community newspapers.

23 November, 1999
Visit to Te Whare Kokanga (The Corner House Community Centre) to gather ideas for the Hamilton East Community Centre.

November 1999-June 2000
During the next seven months, the committee held monthly meetings, opened a bank account, drafted its constitution, and became an incorporated society. Between November 1999 and June 2000, the committee also successfully applied for funding for office equipment, which was spent on a photocopier, computer and a fax machine. Arrangements were also being made to move into a community house in Hamilton East. The latter was aimed to be achieved within the next three months.

Contributors during these seven months were staff of Community Development Unit Hamilton City Council, staff of Link House, Hamilton East Community constables and the Councillor for Hamilton East Pippa Mahood.

July, 2001.
Building and renovation began for the property at 51a Wellington Street, Hamilton East.

Former names.

October -December 1999 South East Community Centre Committee

December 1999-February 2000 South East Ward Committee

February 2000-Present The South East Kirikiriroa Community Association (SEKCA)

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