Some of these were raised at the Q&A Session after the Building Hope Launch Service on 30 July.

Q. The Rolleston costings seem pretty high compared to West Melton. Why is this?

A. There are a number of reasons for this:

  • We are re-using the current West Melton building. Even with the strengthening, this is a significant saving
  • The relocatable at West Melton will cost about one-third the cost of building this from scratch
  • We knew we needed greater capacity at Rolleston because of the high rate of growth compared to West Melton, where the growth has been capped

Q. Will the Rolleston design facilitate community-facing activities?
A. Most definitely. This has been a very significant consideration in the design. We want the community to feel welcome and be able to use the facilities.

Q. There are some potential health and safety concerns with the West Melton design: the stairs and the entrance doors facing NW.
A. The stairs will have hand rails and will not be steep. The doors issue can be fixed by using pressure technology.

Q. What will be the building sequence?
A. This depends on the response to “Giving Hope”. But it is likely that West Melton will be first as the church has already agreed to proceed with the relocatable classroom – and full resource and building consents have been prepared for the whole project to save time and costs. If there is sufficient giving for both West Melton and Rolleston, they could proceed in parallel.
Q. Will we have to raise all the money ourselves?
A. No. We are preparing a suitable “Case for Support” for seeking funding from external agencies. We have also written to the Alpine Mission Fund and the national church Press Go fund for significant support. We believe that once we have demonstrated our commitment, these other bodies will be more likely to want to contribute.

Q. How will Sano Diyo be funded?
A. 10% of all contributions will be tagged for Sano Diyo until we have the $162,500 we need. Note that about $44,000 has already been raised for this project.

Q. Could you get a price from a building company as a comparison?
A. Yes. Mike Baker, a member of the building committee and an engineer, has asked Armitage-Williams to present a fixed price on the basis of a competitive tender. This will give the costings a reality check.

Q. How will the “visits” process work?
A. Everyone may request a visit from one of the team in order to answer questions, explain the whole programme and address any issues folk may have. This is not compulsory, but available to all. Some Growth groups may wish to have a member of the team call into their regular meeting for 30 minutes or so and thus do a number of visits at the same time! Note that there will be no pressure brought to bear at all. We want everyone to pray, seek God, be well-informed and then give as they are able.

Q. Has the Council responded to the Rolleston concepts?
A. Yes, there has been a meeting with the Council planners and they were satisfied with the design. A couple of them were actually excited – and planners NEVER get excited!

Q. How are pledges being tracked? How is confidentiality being maintained?
A. The finance team has created a suitable data base for this purpose. Even if you put your name on the pledge, this information will be known only to the two people who have to track all pledges -and to the finance team, who have to issue receipts at the end of the tax year.

Q. When will we hear about progress on the pledges and the vote?
A. So far, about 140 votes have been counted. The final results will be advised on Sunday 20 August. Voting closes on 13 August). We plan on a pledges progress announcement on 20 August.

Q. How will pledges be receipted?
A. Once the amount has been received, pledges will be processed in the same way as normal giving, with receipts issued just after the end of the tax year – around mid-April.