My name's Lani and I've been working at the Pioneer Hall for the last couple of months. My job has been to do some of the background stuff, like policy & procedure, maintenance and funding applications, as well as letting people know about the hall, running some events and showing free film screenings each week.
The hall is a really beautiful space. The polished wooden floors, neatly painted walls and soon-to-be-revitalised gardens have all been a labour of love, created with hundreds of volunteer hours.
I have really enjoyed hearing the stories about the hall from older Port Chalmers residents - people have met their husbands there, had their first dance, or took their baby to their first Plunket Nurse. It's a part of our community and it's rich with history.
I hope that over the next few months and years you have an opportunity to use it !