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Last modified: 06 Oct 2022 1:01pm

A line of Go Hororata members and Malvern Councillors stand with Mayor Sam Broughton and Trustee Richard Lang who are shaking hands while holding the signed MOU standing inside the Hororata Community Hall in front of two New Zealand flags

The Selwyn District Council and the Hororātā Community Trust have signed a Memorandum of Understanding around the creation of a community hub in the township.

Mayor Sam Broughton signed the Memorandum of Understanding this week confirming the Council will transfer the Hororātā Community Hall and surrounding endowment land to the Trust, along with a grant of $1 million to support the trust in building the new community hub.

The MOU underlines that the Council and the Trust will work together and are committed to an ongoing partnership in relation to achieving positive outcomes for the Hororātā community. The MOU commits to building of the new hub to begin within the next four years.

The Council has been working with the Hororātā community and with the Trust for a number of years with a view to building a new community facility for the township, and the MOU is an important stage in that process, Council Chief Executive David Ward says.

“The Council is excited to have this agreement in place and confirm its support for the Trust to get the community facility built. A lot of hard work has gone into this from all sides to ensure Hororātā receives a facility that meets its needs now and into the future, and this is a positive step towards seeing that completed.”

Hororata Community Trust Trustee Richard Lang said it was an important day for the trust. "The Hororata Community Trust and the Go Hororata Committee are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Council and to be moving forward with this project. We are looking forward to developing a vibrant community hub which will feature our areas heritage and celebrate our stories."