November 2016 Newsletter
This year the Kaikohe Pioneer Village has been reassessing its priorities and direction. We have initiated a revision of our strategy. This work is still ongoing, but the hope is we can clearly define our direction for the next few years. It will also include what we do well, what can be improved and what we should aspire to become. Some of the major challenges we face are ongoing funding, marketing our attractions, attracting greater visitor numbers, and growing our volunteer base.
This year we have tried focused theme days and had successful Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day events, the “Big Boys’ Heritage Toys” event being timed for Fathers’ Day. We have also held monthly “crank up” days for our volunteers. These help to keep the machinery in running order, and create a day when our volunteers can come together as a group and exchange precious knowledge.
Every year the Pioneer Village plays a key role in the Rotary Traverse as the registration point and finish point for the 9km, 14km, and 21 km length fun runs and walks. It was well attended and offered a great venue for all age groups to participate.
It has been decided that we will no longer continue with growing and displaying begonias. Although in the past this has been a great asset to the Village it continues to lose money and the glass house is getting to the stage of needing significant repairs.
The land we are on is leased from the Council. This lease was due for renewal and we have successfully secured an 18 year lease of the land.
A number of schools have used our facilities, bringing classes through our complex as part of their training and learning, and these visits have proved successful.
This year two very long serving members have retired and left the area. These are Bruce Gillies and Heather Ayrton. Bruce has for many years been a supporter of the village and has been chairman when the village first started and again from 2007 to retiring in June this year. Heather too has been chairman of the village for many years involved as a volunteer in the Begonia house and restoration of the church. Both will be greatly missed.
Looking forward, October 2017 will be the Pioneer Village 40th anniversary, and a celebration is planned. This presents a great opportunity of promoting our vision and strategy as well as clearly articulating who we are, what our purpose is, and what we do. There is a fair bit of work to do and is one of the key focuses going forward.
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Phone Delwyn for further information on 09 401 0816
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