The Maungaraki Community Association is your voice.
The MCA Committee meets in the supper room of the Community Centre (135 Dowse Drive), 7:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month. All residents are welcome at any meeting. We do occasionally change venue (particularly in the winter, to be near a fire!) or the date, so it is best to contact us to be sure we are there!
The Maungaraki Community Association (Inc.) was born, in 1985, out of the union of two previous residents associations in Maungaraki,
the Maungaraki Residents Association (Inc.) and the Maungaraki Community Centre Association (Inc.).
The Maungaraki Residents Association was formerly the Maungaraki Residents and Ratepayers Association (Inc.), having been in existence since the early sixties and had long been associated with the publication of the "Maungaraki Views" newsletter, starting with manual production on a borrowed Gestetener machine; only oldies will remember those from their schooldays!
Another early success story was the institution of a public bus service so that commuters no longer had to ring their wives from the Percy's Reserve phone box to be collected.
The Maungaraki Community Centre Association was incorporated in 1972 with an aim of establishing a joint facility between the Maungaraki School and the local community. The Community Centre was finally opened in 1983.
Today, the Maungaraki Community Association continues to support the local community, manage the Community Centre and publish the Views newsletter.
We are here for the community. You can either contact us for help or with ideas, or come to any of our meetings, and of course "new blood" on the very relaxed and social committee is always to be encouraged.
We represent the needs of the Community to the Hutt City Council and the Western Community Committee. We are happy to assist residents make submissions to Council for the Annual Plan and can provide support for specific community needs.
In recent times the Assn has been instrumental in having the Council develop "The Village Green" accross from the shops, assisting local resident Susie Austin in getting funding from Community Development (HCC) in order to develop the Rhododendron/Azalea display on Miromiro Rd, the provision of seating in a number of scenic locations, petitioned Council for the upgrade of the Barberry Grove to George Gee track, have regularly championed the improvement of the road between Maungaraki and Korokoro and hope in the future to achieve improvements to the Lookout on Mulberry St and possibly the building of a Playground on Maungaraki Rd beside the Regional Park entrance.
We have supported the local school with a Sound System, some books for their library, basket ball hoops in the hall and have provided funds for internal improvements to the Community Centre.
We are quietly active in the Community and are about to become responsible for the use and hire of the "Old Plunket" rooms attached to our Centre. Watch this space for other things we are planning for the future.