Inside The Pod

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STAGE two of South Alive’s community activities hub, The Pod, was unveiled on Friday.

Situated behind The Pantry at 260 Ness St in South City, The Pod has two separate meeting rooms, one more private and the other more social, which are available to hire. Both rooms, which can comfortably seat 12 people, have tea and coffee making facilities.

South Alive manager Cress Evans said the first stage of the community activities hub was establishing the social enterprise The Pantry, which opened last year.

Stage two was renovating and building the community rooms which would be used by various South Alive social groups including the seniors group, craft groups, the Spanish language lessons classes and as a social meeting space, as well as being available for hire, she said.

“The idea is for the rooms to be used by the community all the time.”

Extending the building at the rear of The Pod and completing the administration offices, including a volunteer’s lounge and office for South Alive, was the next stage, Ms Evans said.

Depending on funding, she hoped this would be completed by the end of the year.

In preparation of the extension, the outdoor entertainment stage was currently being moved from the rear of The Pod to beside the entrance to The Pantry and the outdoor exercise equipment would be reinstalled next to the stage, Ms Evans said.

Bookings for either community rooms could be made through the South Alive office at the rear of the South City Mall or through the South Alive online booking system, www.southalive.org.nz, which highlighted which days had already been booked, Ms Evans said.

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