The small community of Netherton on the Hauraki Plains near Paeroa relies on its hall as a hub for community activities. Thanks to a $50,000 grant from NZCT, the hall was able to be moved across the road from its original location next to the state highway to a safer site on the school grounds.
First built in 1908, Netherton Hall has had a colourful history, being blown off its foundations in 1910, used as a cinema during the early days of movies in the 1920s, and as a venue for farewells of departing servicemen in the Second World War. It has also been the home of weddings, indoor bowls and rowdy dances. More recently, the hall has hosted karate classes, motorhome rallies, children’s birthday parties, first aid training and inter-school workshops.
The hall has had extensive upgrade work and the final phase involves completing the waste system, installing gas for hot water and cooking, new bathrooms, and upgrading the foyer and storage facilities.
Hall Association Secretary Tracey Adams said, "Our vision for the hall when it has reached full completion is to grow the use of it by the community for education, social and sporting activities. It is, and will continue to be, a central resource for the Netherton community and school."