It worked in J’ville, how about Porirua?
The idea of starting a community owned and operated co-working space out of the limelight of the CBD was considered to be pretty crazy when we started SubUrban in a little shop in a local shopping mall 2 1/2 years ago.
But as it turns out more and more people are wanting to work nearby to where they live and become part of an enterprise community that has more to offer than just providing a trendy place to do business.
SubUrban’s model of not-for-profit heart and business professionalism, that creates co-working spaces that feel both business-like and neighbourly has come to the attention of the City of Porirua, north of Wellington.
5 partners – the Porirua City Council, Porirua Chamber of Commerce, WREDA, Te Puni Kokiri and the Pacific Business Trust are supporting a study that will focus on investigating the development of a space based on the SubUrban model that will be for remote workers and people in small profit making and social enterprises to work, meet, learn and connect.
People and place
This study will include assessing location/property options as well as engaging with community to gain an understanding of how the space will need to look and feel to enable the membership to reflect the rich diversity of the Porirua community that it serves.
The key piece in the puzzle will, of course, be determining if there are members of the community that are ready to come forward and make a community-owned space happen by providing time, expertise, resources and enthusiasm to support it.
If you live or work in Porirua and would like to know more about this study please contact SubUrban at Kathleen@suburban.org.nz.