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New Zealand’s first McDonald’s building transformed into interactive community space in Porirua

Submitted by on September 18, 2015 – 1:05 am

People's palace - the two-storey site of what was New Zealand's first McDonalds in Porirua has been transformed into a an open space for community

People’s palace – the two-storey site of what was New Zealand’s first McDonalds in Porirua has been transformed into a an open space for community

A two story site of what was New Zealand’s first McDonald’s, in Porirua, New Zealand, has been transformed into a “pop up community space” to be used for the greater good of locals.

The project Urban Dream Brokerage Porirua was designed to encourage the trialing of new ideas in Porirua and to bring more people to the Porirua CBD.

Urban Dream Brokerage Porirua manager Mark Amery said people are invited to use the space “for all kinds of events: exchanges, discussions, gatherings, exhibits, workshops, meetings, classes, services, or just taking time out.”

This space is only limited by people’s imagination, he said.

So far the building has been booked for Healthy Lunch ideas, How to Make Kefir, and bringing bees into your garden, and other events.

The project was made possible by property partner Ludlum Corporation with the support of the Porirua Chamber of Commerce. It is part of Letting Space’s initiative Urban Dream Brokerage, providing space for ideas in vacant space in Porirua.

Mark said the community-run model was inspired by 17 Tory Street, the open source community gallery in Wellington City that is also managed through Loomio.

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