In July 2009, Transpacific Industries Group—who were brought out by Waste Management NZ in August 2014—won a 10-year contract to run the refuse transfer station on Waiheke Island on behalf of the Auckland Council. At the beginning of that contract they offered Rev Tony Watts the opportunity through the Waiheke Island Baptist Church to establish an op shop on the site of the transfer station. This opportunity was accepted by Tony who, with the collaboration of Waiheke Island Baptist Church principals Maxine Watts, Richard and Myrle Bunn, and Gordon Morrison, established the new enterprise and named it New Hope.
From the outset the purpose of New Hope was to distribute profits that were raised through the sale of items that had been recycled, donated, and/or recovered to local Waiheke Island community organisations and individuals in the form of grants. After almost six years of operation and following the April 2015 funding round the amount donated back to the local Waiheke Island community is $298,743.
From 1st April 2015 in order to see New Hope continue to grow and develop into a leading social service provider in its own right, the members of Waiheke Island Baptist Church agreed to invite the directors of Windsor Park Hub Limited, a charitable social enterprise company based on the North Shore of Auckland to take over operational aspects—governance, management, and overall leadership—of New Hope.
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