A well kitted out Hall for everyone in Karamea!

$1,785 of $100,000 goal
Given by 16 generous donors in around 4 months

Help us to kit out our new school/community Hall!

Karamea, West Coast

With news of a new school being built in Karamea, community members pulled together to successfully raise funds to extend the footprint of the building currently under construction to create the largest venue in the district. The Hall will be a shared space - used by students during school hours and open to the wider community to hire for various activities and events at other times.

It is time for us to reach out to community to help us top up our funds. Our goal is to kit out our new Hall with state of the art audio-visual equipment, stage, projector and screen, storage space, and chairs and trestles which the whole community can benefit from.

Karamea Community Incorporated's involvement (page creator)

Friends of Karamea Area School (FoKAS) is a group of volunteers who formed in 2020 to raise funds for our new shared school/community Hall at Karamea Area School.

Use of funds

AV equipment, stage, trestle tables, chairs, projector & screen, sports equipment, storage space.

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Latest update

A Blessing and the Big Move! June update from Friends of Karamea Area School  17 June 2022

The blessing for the new Hall at Karamea Area School on 11th April was attended by students, staff, parents and community members. The youngest and eldest students of the school crossed the threshold first, guided by Iwi, and after waiata there were some speeches.

​​Kōwhai class fondly remember the opening ceremony for the new school which was held in the new full size hall:

The new hall is really big, it can fit the whole town in it!

Our new hall is by far the best hall ever!

We walked to the tennis court and heard a man from Ngati waewae make a speech. Then we walked around the new school. The classrooms are so big. Afterwards we all went into the new hall. It is enormous.

Everyone gathered at the tennis courts. It felt like it took forever for everyone to come. The youngest person led everyone inside. It was amazing. It is like a mansion.

We finally were able to see inside the new school. It was amazing. We went into the hall and there was a blessing. Then I led the Kapa Haka.

When I first saw inside the school I thought it was really cool. At the ceremony I felt like crying, they were such beautiful speeches.

I remember when we had the gathering and my parents were there. We all had a tour of the school and afterwards everyone was in the new hall for the speeches.

The hall is so big.

There’s no denying the new space is an incredible asset to the school and wider community, and is fast becoming the envy of others down the length of the Coast.

At the start of term 2 on 2nd May staff and students moved into the new school buildings and are working out how to use the new space.

One of the new changing rooms

KAS students years 3-13 had a pretty awesome day on 13th June playing Korfball in the new gym while the gale winds blew!

Friends of Karamea Area School (FoKAS) have been working behind the scenes to fundraise for the extras that will make the Karamea Area School Hall/Gym a state of the art venue for community events. So far a $8,209 grant from West Coast Community Trust along with some other generous donations have funded new audio equipment, and Buller District Council granted $21,000 for 150 new chairs and 10 trestle tables with a trolley.

Applications are underway to further funding bodies that can hopefully enable a fold up stage and carpet tiles to be purchased. We are calling for expressions of interest from builders for the design and construction of a community storage shed which will have enough space for community groups to store gear such as marquees and lighting - if you’re interested in this mahi please get in touch (karameacommunity@gmail.com), we would love to hear from you!

There is still quite a way to go in our fundraising efforts, and we are more likely to get funding from outside organisations if it can be shown the community, small as it is, is also pitching in with donations. Every little helps so please share our campaign far and wide and chip in if you can!


Submitted by Liz Kerslake on behalf of Friends of Karamea Area School

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Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 10 Jul 2022
Happy to support this amazing facility that has been wish for many years to reality. Keep up the great work.
Murray Family
Murray Family on 09 Jul 2022
Let's support this fantastic facility for our kids and our community.
Joel on 27 Jun 2022
Looks great keep up the good work
Kate on 20 Jun 2022
Tane Franken
Tane Franken on 20 Jun 2022
Great cause, my niece and nephew at school here and happy to keep the franken legacy alive with variety shows and the community having a great space

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