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Revamp brings community together

A new District Headquarters has shaped the way Tasman District interacts with its community.

Artist Brian Flintoff shares the story of Whenua Korero

(Earth Story) with Commissioner Howard Broad.

Photo: Senior Constable Julie Turner

With new conference spaces, training rooms and tools, Tasman District Headquarters meets Superintendent Gary Knowles’ vision of being the heart of the Tasman community.

“Some organisations aren’t lucky enough to have conference and teleconference facilities, so we share these with our partner agencies,” says Business Services Officer and project leader Patricia Lenting.

“Community groups such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters use the meeting rooms and training facilities on a booking basis, and this improves our already existing relationships,” she says.

An open plan layout has also fostered stronger relationships internally, with information being more readily shared between the diverse work groups.

The new style of working fits with the national strategy to encourage a communicative and open work style.

Expansive 360 degree views to the snow capped mountains and Tasman Bay compliment the new space.

Inside, the meeting rooms are named after local place names, capturing a sense of the District environment.

A piece of local art, Whenua Korero (Earth Story), by Brian Flintoff is a focal point in the reception area and embodies the essence of the Tasman and Police vision of “Safer Communities Together”.

Commissioner Howard Broad and Deputy Commissioner Rob Pope attended the July opening ceremony. “The building’s success will be measured not only by how well it functions, but by how well the people working there serve the community,” says Howard.

The new area features open plan work areas

Sergeant Graeme Eden enjoys the new “Cafe HQ”.

Photos: John-Paul Pochin Photography

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