TwentyTwo’s Dean Croucher joined NZ Police, Tainui Group Holdings (TGH), Waikato Tainui and the local community last week to celebrate the opening of the new community police hub in Cambridge.
As the first base to be developed under the partnership agreement between TGH and NZ Police, TwentyTwo supported Police with the commercial framework and Development Agreement and Lease negotiations to initiate this new whare.
The agreement supports the build of sustainable, modern and community-oriented Police facilities in the Waikato. The build also reflects NZ Police’s strategy, Te Huringa o Te Tai, to improve outcomes for mana whenua.
“The centre includes the concepts of manaakitanga, haumarutanga, hāpori providing services to the community and enabling public safety – a hub that welcomes the community in and a building that is tailored to the unique characteristics of the community it serves,” said Police Commissioner Andrew Coster who unveiled the plaque to mark the opening. Other attendees included district staff, iwi dignitaries and community partners.
Guests were welcomed by Will Loughrin, Waikato West Area Commander Inspector who said “It provides a modern, fit-for-purpose and functional policing space for our staff, while incorporating co-location spaces for community groups and local iwi to help foster relationships.
“The whānau room provides a collaborative space for engaging and working with community partners to better support youth issues, family harm, mental health and our own staff to respond to the diverse needs of the community.”
“For Tainui Group Holdings and certainly for Waikato-Tainui, this partnership is not just about bricks and mortar; it is very much about positive social outcomes and impact,” said Hinerangi Raumati-Tu’ua, Chair of Tainui Group Holdings.
Fifteen staff are based at the hub, including PST teams, Road Policing and Prevention staff.