Kia ora

Welcome to 2017. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends and that 2017 is proving to be a good year for you.
Read on to find out the latest news from the Centre on replacing the Hall floor,construction and road works on The Terrace and staff changes at St Andrew’s.

– David and the team

New hall floor nearly finished


Over the summer break we’ve been busy installing a new tongue and groove floor in the hall. The solid wood floor, made from American oak, is looking gorgeous. All that’s left to do is sanding and varnishing and sprucing up the wood paneling around the walls. We’re running ahead of schedule and can take your bookings for the hall from mid-February.

Works on The Terrace

Next time you visit you’ll notice progress with the construction of the NZ Medical Association building next door to the Centre. Demolition on the site has finished (hooray) and steel beams have been erected up to the fourth storey. Meanwhile, you still need to look for us behind the diggers outside the church as work continues on replacing stormwater and wastewater pipes on The Terrace.

New adventure for Centre Manager

david medland centre manager

David, our Centre Manager, is moving on to a new adventure as the Minister of The Salvation Army Miramar, finishing in the office on Friday 20 January. David has been Centre Manager for 5 ½ years. During that time he has been involved in growing the range of organisations and groups that use our meeting rooms. He also managed the Centre during the extensive building programme to improve our facilities.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at the Centre. The thrill of this position includes working with the team here and meeting the amazing people who use our facilities –from government departments, toastmasters, exercise groups, private companies, choirs and concerts and orchestras and many more. I have invested quite a bit of my working life here and will continue to watch with interest the developments of the Centre. If you are around this week I would love to be able to say goodbye to you personally” .

New face in the office

\We’re really pleased to have found Harriet Dawson to join Karyn in the office and be ‘front of house’ while we find someone special to fill David’s shoes permanently. As well as having all the people and organisational skills you’d expect to find in a busy meetings centre, Harriet has a few other attributes you might not be anticipating. She’s owned and operated her own small business in Auckland, was the lead singer in heavy rock band Asinine and has earned awards for her acting and singing. Make sure you catch up with the team – Harriet and Karyn – next time you’re at St Andrew’s.

Do you know someone special?

Do you know someone who has outstanding communication and people skills, a ‘can-do’, flexible attitude and the ability to multi-task? We’re currently reviewing applications for that someone special to replace David, someone who can maintain our culture of warm hospitality and make life easy for all our wonderful commercial and community users. Email Karyn in the office this week for a job description or to find out more.