Youth centre grand opening a success

Julie Filipo, Lava Tikeri and Atinae Mase attended the opening of the new Marlborough Youth Trust My Space centre. Photo: Matt Brown.

Black ties and blazers heralded the grand opening of Marlborough’s multimillion-dollar youth centre.

After 20 years of hard work, planning and fundraising, My Space officially opened its doors on Saturday night.

More than 200 people attended the black-tie opening at the former CRT-site on Redwood St.

And it was smiles all round as organisers saw the years of hard work and dedication pay off.

MYT Manager Jo Lane says the opening was attended by a “great cross section” of the community.

“It was an amazing evening. It’s good to see so many young people in Marlborough.

“All the hard work paid off- to make last night’s My Space opening a wonderful evening. Thank you everyone for your help

We’ve had a great cross-section of the community. It reminds us what the key things are for youth.

“Youth are global thinkers, sustainability, the environment. They’re worried.

The space is about hearing them and giving them the opportunity to have their voice heard,” she says.

The evening got underway as Marlborough mayor John Leggett cut the red ribbon, declaring the centre officially open.

This was followed by performances from Marlborough Girls’ College, BCr8ve, a wearable art show and poetry readings, all centred around the theme, ‘we are more than you see.”

A popular silent rave got everyone on the dance floor.

MYT Trustee Dean Buckley says it was heartening to see so many young people attend the special night.

“It’s great to see so many young people, and adults here backing our young people.

Credit to Jo and her team who have put so much effort to get it going.”

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