We do our best
To make Phillipstown a better place
The Hub’s Charter of Values defines our goals:
✓ to respond to the identified needs of the local community by providing space to relevant people, groups and organisations; and to enable and enhance their collaboration, connection and networking;
✓ to collectively advocate for a permanent Community Hub in Phillipstown;
✓ to provide and preserve significant, accessible green space for the community.
Ultimately, we want to provide a well-utilised and valued permanent space that benefits our local folk and whanau.
While you may know some of us, read on for a brief introduction to some of our members.
I am a foundation trustee of The Phillipstown Community Centre Charitable Trust, that has now been operating 20 years. I have lived in Phillipstown for almost 38 years to date, and I served for 18 years on the Phillipstown School Board of Trustees. I have been doing volunteer work now for almost 42 years.
I have lived in Phillipstown for just over a year. I love it. I work front of house at a local vet clinic and enjoy meeting all sorts of people. I also volunteer for the City to Sumner community patrol and do regular patrols round our area. I am chairman of the board of a fruit and vege co-op that provides fruit and vegetables to over 300 families each week.
I’m a local and a mum to two lovely girls. I’ve been a regular visitor to and user of the Hub for more than two years as first a member and then co-leader of Fitclub at the Hub, a group offering a variety of affordable and kid-friendly group fitness opportunities every week.
I am one of New Zealand’s many former refugees. Throughout my life I have dedicated whatever capacity I have to supporting refugees resettle in New Zealand through working with grassroots causes to promote equity, belonging and inclusion in our society. I have always had a passion for work through which I could engage with new migrants and refugee groups in Christchurch and get them connected with the wider New Zealand community.
I’m Marie Byrne, a Phillipstown resident having lived here for nearly four years. Most of my life I’ve lived in this wider area (Woolston and Waltham). In my workday life I’m a Community Development Adviser with Christchurch City Council working with organisations and groups in the west of Christchurch.
I grew up in Ireland, but came to Christchurch with my Kiwi partner in 1982. I raised three children, worked in schools and preschools, studied and grew older here in Christchurch. These days I look after a large garden, a small cat and an untidy house, work part-time and have adventures on the side in Green Party politics, community, art and singing.