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Pinehaven Hall desperately needs attention

posted 18 Apr 2019, 22:30 by Kenneth Dixon   [ updated 18 Apr 2019, 22:31 ]
The future of Pinehaven Hall is in doubt following a recent assessment of its 
structure, cladding, fixtures and fittings.
The cost of maintaining the Hall has historically been met through income received from Pinehaven residents and local groups for its hire, and through the donated time, skills and resources of Pinehaven Progressive Association (PPA) Committee members and local volunteers.

“Looking after the Hall on behalf of the community is a key responsibility of the PPA,” says former PPA President David Brown, “but unfortunately the work it now needs to bring it up to a reasonable standard is beyond that which we’re able to achieve on our own.”
“We’re hoping the wider community will get in behind us to help restore this special feature of Pinehaven that we’ve been entrusted to protect.”

Built by locals in 1945 from the recycled remnants of early ships arriving in 
Wellington Harbour, the Hall originally stood next to the old community swimming
pool. Both were a popular picnic destination, together with the nearby tearooms.
The pool was filled in and the Hall’s lawn extended over it in 2004. A few years later the Hall’s roof was replaced, and the toilets and kitchen upgraded.

Last year, as part of the PPA’s celebration of 75 years in the community, volunteers gave the entrance a new coat of paint – including a bright yellow front door – and new signage was installed.
A community orchard has since been planted, new heaters installed (thanks to the generosity of Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club through a community grant), and volunteers also continue to help out – whether that be by being on the lawn-
roster, managing hire bookings or assisting with odd jobs.
But now more significant work has become critical. Replacing rotten wooden window frames and weatherboards destroyed by borer is costly, and to help with meeting the costs, the PPA is seeking assistance from members of the community.

“There are lots of ways people can help,” says David. “Donations either in the form of directly contributing to costs, or by local tradespeople donating their time and skills to getting the work done, is what’s really needed to ensure the Hall remains available for use by the community for generations to come.”

The PPA is determined to protect the historical value of the Hall and hopes residents will also be passionate about saving its legacy as a local treasure.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

To contribute funds, you can donate via internet banking to:
  • PPA, account number 03-0774-0857067-00 reference SAVE OUR HALL
To let us know you’re a local tradie and keen to be involved, please:
To book the Hall for your next event, please: