Day 2: Onehunga Community House

20 Jan, 2013
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With the sun shining (for once) in Auckland, our second day of the Clarion Tour was a bit of a DIY day. And after a fabulous pub quiz fundraiser last night the team had lots of motivation to get out there and do some hard work!

We spent all day helping out the lovely people at the Onehunga Community House – a beautiful place which is one of New Zealand’s oldest heritage sites. The team are currently in the process of renovations at the House so we all popped in to give them a hand.

There was much fun to be had – gardening, painting, sanding, cleaning, taking an insurance inventory of antique tea cups and the handy work of Andreas (YL Secretary) who did a website update for the Community House to get them all ready for the new year. A couple of the Young Labour team even made friends with a few caterpillars outside – and saved them from being put in the compost pile!

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The Community House is an amazing place – they offer many different programmes within the Onehunga area for all ages. We even arrived when a yoga class was still running bright and early on the weekend! It’s a bit of a hidden gem, and there is even a museum inside with the story of the building and the area. The House used to be a primary school and the museum contains some of the original class desks, sewing machines and light fixtures used back in the day. We all managed to get a bit of a history lesson in during our tea break.

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But I think the best bit was the genuine smiles and comments of appreciation from the team at the Community House when we were leaving. We managed to give the usual team of volunteers a bit of a break from coming in on the weekend and plough through some of the work. The team were so lovely and today was definitely my best day of the year so far! It was thoroughly rewarding and great to just lend a hand locally. That bit of sunburn on my cheeks from working in the garden most of the day was totally worth it.

If anyone has a spare weekend they should get in contact with the team in Onehunga and lend some hours painting! The Auckland Young Labour branches are certainly going to try and make it back there later in the year.

Onwards and upwards to Hamiltron tomorrow!

By Allanah Colley

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