Mahara Gallery remains firmly in the Council's sights
Plans to upgrade the Mahara Gallery are still firmly in the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s sights following the signing of an agreement between the Council, the Mahara Gallery Trust and the Field Collection Trust.
Mayor K Gurunathan says the Council has made provision to partially fund the upgrade of the Mahara Gallery in its Long term plan.
“The Mahara Gallery is the Kāpiti Coast’s public gallery and our plans to transform and improve the Waikanae town centre and upgrade the Waikanae Library recognise the importance of having a public gallery in Kāpiti.”
The Council has been working with the Mahara Gallery Trust and Field Collection Trust to achieve the upgrade of the gallery since 2009.
At the same time the Council has been exploring opportunities to create a shared gallery and library facility as part of its work to transform and improve the Waikanae town centre.
“Both the Library and Gallery are important community assets and we are committed to providing a high quality venue that will enable the Mahara Gallery to display the Field Collection and realise its visitor attraction potential,” Mayor Gurunathan said.
Photo from left to right: Professor Les Holborow, Mahara Gallery Trust Chairman; Mayor K Gurunathan; Janet Bayly, Director Mahara Gallery; Pat Dougherty, Kāpiti Coast District Council Chief Executive; Simon Brown, Trustee Field Collection Trust; Councillor Michael Scott, Ward Councillor for Waikanae; Kay Brown, Trustee Field Collection Trust.