Warm response to funding for new Pukehiki Hall heater

Pukehiki Hall. PHOTO: ODT FILES

An Otago Peninsula hall is set for a more reliable form of heating.

Pukehiki District Hall Society co-chairwoman Lynn Samuels, speaking to a funding application at an Otago Peninsula Community Board meeting in Portobello last week, said the society was seeking $500 from the board to help replace a “temperamental kerosene-diesel heater” in the hall, located about 1.5km south of Larnach Castle.

Lynn Samuels

Another reason for replacing the heater was kerosene was available only at certain times of the year, she said.

The society wanted to buy a portable 63kW multi-fuel forced air heater to replace it at a cost of $1125 plus GST.

“We were wondering if the board could give us some support to help keep ourselves warm.”

The hall was recently hired out for events such as community workshops, pot-luck suppers and weddings.

The society members had given 250 volunteer hours this year, mostly digging underneath the hall “because we are re-doing the piles”.

Board member Lox Kellas moved the board give the society $500, board deputy chairman Hoani Langsbury seconded the motion and everyone voted in favour. Ms Samuels was “absolutely rapt” with the result.