A proposal being considered by the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board is likely to see the Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre in Orewa put under the microscope as a full, “360 degree review” of the centre takes place.
Last month at a workshop the local board considered how to fund a review that would cover “the purpose, function and vision” of the youth centre.
Local board chair Julia Parfitt says it would be a similar approach to the work undertaken at Estuary Arts Centre in 2012, which was designed to put the arts centre on a more sustainable footing. That process began with a report into the centre’s governance, operations and finances. As a result, sweeping changes were made to its funding, structure and personnel.
Youth Centre executive director Suzanne Booth says, it is too early to comment pending talks with Council.
She says other youth centres in Auckland are funded regionally, while the Hibiscus Coast centre is always struggling for money.
Auckland youth centres that currently receive annual operating funding are Roskill Youth Zone ($133,000 per annum), Henderson Youth Facility ($163,000 per annum) and Marlborough Park Youth Facility ($122,000 per annum). Only the Roskill facility is council operated, while the other two are “community operated”. Community operated centres receive funding as a contestable grant and hold multi-year funding agreements up to a maximum of five years.
“We want the Hibiscus Coast centre to be put on an equal footing with others in Auckland, but that could mean some changes,” Mrs Parfitt says. “Those things are yet to be ascertained from the proposed review, but one aim may be to widen the scope of the activities that take place there.”
A report on the proposal will be presented to the local board at its meeting this month.