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
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 all the groundworks completed and trusses installed. Guttering between the existing building and new extension, and roof are expected to be installed before the end of September. We remain on schedule to move into the extension before Christmas, with the grand opening planned for May 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.