Most people in Napier would have at least one memory of the Meeanee Hall, in Gavin Black Street. Whether it was a birthday party, rock 'n' roll get together or sports tournament, it has been well used since it was built in 1956.
Volunteers, under the supervision of George Fairey and Reg Watson, built the hall in memory of the Meeanee residents who served in the first and second world wars. Money was raised from Queen Carnivals, Crown and Anchor games, cake stalls and almost every other fundraising method!
Today the hall is still as popular as ever and is mostly used for weddings, 21sts, indoor bowls, Women's Institute meetings, rock and rollers, ballet classes and other social functions.
The cost to hire the hall is $250, which covers 12-noon until 12-midnight. After midnight it is charged hourly. There is a $500 bond and hall security costs $45. Weekday hire costs $10 per hour and $7 per hour for regular hirers.