In 1974 a small group of like-minded people formed a committee and took on the task of getting the Ranui Community House up and running. They were there for the community. They did fundraising, existed as a meeting place and held a few classes. These people had a strong sense of ownership of their small community house.
The Ranui Community House became an Incorporated Society in 1978 and thereafter became bound by the legal structures associated with all societies.
Also in 1988 as part of its strategic plan, the Waitakere City Council took on the central control of the Ranui Community House. It was at this point that the management committee were instructed to employ a coordinator, the wages for which would be funded through Council’s Annual Plan. The coordinator would be accountable to the Committee.
In 1994 the original House at 4 Ranui Station Rd, Ranui was given over the Cook Island group. A much larger relocated building (the old Post Office building from Te Atatu South) was placed on a new, more easily accessible site at 474 Swanson Rd, Ranui.
When the library was built on to the community house there was initially some sharing of the large hall, but this was lost in 2005. When the new library is built, we all look forward to this space being at our disposal again, plus the rest of the space that is currently being used by the library.
In 2008 we opened the Tea Tree Cafe in the Community House for three major reasons. The first one being that our local residents could gain an entry to the house, just sit and have a cuppa and see what goes on here. The second reason was to provide some local employment, and thirdly in the long run to make a profit that can be channelled back into the house for the benefit of all.
Currently we have three projects happening outside the house - First and foremost our wonderful community gardens, secondly the safer ranui project and lastly the establishment of a Community Men's Shed to sit alongside the Community Gardens.