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Settlement Centre Waikato Redevelopment

New Zealand's First Ethnic Community Hub 

A long term goal of HMS Trust will be realised in the coming year.

The Settlement Centre Waikato redevelopment is underway

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Progress Update

Following a robust tender process, unanimous Hamilton City Council support to approve a 20-year land lease, transfer of ownership of the Centre to the Trust, support of key funders and with HMS Trust reserves, the redevelopment of the Settlement Centre Waikato is well underway.


A goal of HMS Trust since 2012, the redevelopment Centre will provide ethnic and migrant communities of Kirikiriroa, Hamilton access to the services they need to settle successfully in the region, in a modern, fit-for-purpose space which will enable diverse communities to come together.

Work onsite is progressing well, with the guttering between the existing building and new extension, and roof is installed. Cladding on the exterior of the extension is now complete and inside the walls are up and painting is underway. We expect to move into the extension in the first quarter of 2024, with the grand opening planned for mid 2024.


The SCW will remain open and continue to operate during the redevelopment with minimum disruption to the services.

Realising the Trust’s long-term goal in the coming 12 months will be an exciting time. For the Trust itself, the ethnic and migrant communities it serves, and sector agencies, all who will have a Turangawaewae in the City of Kirikiriroa, Hamilton to be proud of.

Key Milestones

April 2023

  • HMS Trust Board agree to proceed with build

  • HCC agreement to transfer building ownership and extend the land lease.

May 2023

  • Ground breaking ceremony

  • Building works commence

March 2024

  • New extension completed 

April 2024

  • Refurbishment of existing building

July 2024

  • Opening of completed building

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Funded by

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Supported by

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