This evening the families – Mataui, Harehata, Tepaeru, Akakaingaro, Tepou-Tenioi – will commemorate the hostel’s first year, but families from overseas are unable to attend because of Covid-19 restrictions. “It has been a long journey for the family, I’m sure all of us are happy and we are looking forward to a small celebration,” said the Marsters House board of trustees chairman, Queen’s Representative Sir Tom Marsters.
The land was given some 30 years ago. “Ours was the last hostel to be built, but it had a positive spin, we received a lot of support from the community at large … we have learnt and were able to do things slightly different, and all our neighbours were very supportive,” he said.
They were encouraged to take on a fundraising trip in May last year. Unsure, they did so, and returned a month later with a substantial amount of funds raised in New Zealand and Australia.
People are welcome to come today. “After all everyone was involved in helping right from the start, it wasn’t just family, but the whole community.”