• Melanie Barr

Shore Junction is coming to Takapuna

​Shore Junction is a youth innovation hub being created in the heart of Takapuna. It is being designed as a space for young people to connect, belong, and grow. Shore Junction will offer youth-friendly facilities and integrated services that support innovation, learning, wellbeing and creativity, enabling young people to accelerate their potential and embark on their future pathways to success.

Shore Junction is coming

In February 2020 Shore Junction will become New Zealand’s first free-to-access youth innovation hub for Auckland youth aged between 13 and 24 years of age. We are thrilled to announce that the team at Brosnan Construction has begun work to renovate the former Takapuna RSA building!

Our board members and CEO Sonia Thursby have spent over two years working with the community to grow support and commitment from a number of enthusiastic local business owners, philanthropists, foundations and other funders. Along with the much-needed financial support from the foundations, we have secured valuable commitments from local businesses and private supporters for equipment, finishing and furnishings.

Sonia’s determination to turn this remarkable concept into a reality has been infectious among the North Shore community. We are proud to be 100% co-designed; everything that has gone into Shore Junction has been achieved with our community of young people, building on the methods and principles of participatory design which assumes the 'users' are the experts of their own domain and should be involved fully in the design process.

There are so many people to thank, who have contributed to the initiative thus far, who have given their time, energy and expertise (and money!) to make this a reality. The one group that deserves so much recognition is the young people. Young people are at the heart of everything we do at Shore Junction; they know what they and other young people are looking for in an innovation space and it is that expertise we seek to make Shore Junction succeed.

Shore Junction’s vision is to accelerate the potential of young people and support them towards their future pathways. The ultimate goal is to support young people to feel passionate about self-led learning, to achieve better educational outcomes in priority subject areas, and to be in stronger positions to use their learning in an employment or enterprise context, transitioning more successfully to their future pathways.

See you there in February 2020.


Issue 103 October 2019