Te Aroha and Waka Taki – Murupara Youth Centre Trust coordinators
The Christian Brothers established an Edmund Rice Community in Murupara* in 1989.
Besides offering support to the local Catholic parish, the Brothers and other local volunteers were keen to see some community initiatives develop which could be locally driven and governed. From a collaborative community effort, the Murupara Youth Centre Trust was created and under this umbrella, a number of activities have thrived for a time and then made way for new emphasis. Current and long standing outreach includes: a youth hang out space in the centre of Murupara township, the community radio station and a counselling centre for young people. The Youth Centre Trust has also hosted Edmund Rice Camps at local Marae every year since 2005.
* Murupara is a rural township, approximately one hour’s drive south of Rotorua.