Future Waikanae library and service centre
We're investigating options for the permanent Waikanae Library and Service Centre replacement.
The Waikanae library building was closed in November 2018 due to poor air quality, and a temporary library opened in the former Artel Gallery space in Mahara Place in July 2019.
Council approved $13.8m in the Long-Term Plan 2021–41 for a new or upgraded library and service centre in Waikanae.
We've set up a three-stage project to deliver the new library and service centre:
|March - November 2022||
The investigation stage has six steps:
|April - September 2023 (indicative)||Building design|
|October / November 2023||Start construction|
Note these estimated dates do not account for any COVID-19 or procurement-related delays but do account for the 2022 local body election.
For the first step of the project we'll be investigating opportunities for the new library and service centre development to help revitalise the Waikanae Town Centre.
As well as identifying the best location for the new library in Mahara Place and the functions the facility will include, we’ll look at how it could help:
- enhance the local economy and improve community wellbeing
- incorporate housing into the town centre
- better connect the township to the train station
- emphasise connections to Whakarongotai Marae and partnership with Te Ātiawa.
We’ll take into account everything our community has told us so far about their aspirations for the future library and service centre.
A community advisory group will provide advice to the project team throughout stage one of the project. A member of the Waikanae Community Board will sit on the advisory group.
We will keep our community up to date with progress, and seek community comment on the draft framework plan in due course.
There will be further opportunities for our community to feed into the building design process later in 2022 and/or early 2023.
- Development of new Waikanae Library enters new phase (10 Feb 2022)
- Shovel ready projects identified to help Kāpiti recovery (7 May 2020)
- Waikanae Library building options investigated (28 Feb 2020)
- Council acts on Waikanae Library report recommendations (2 Aug 2019)
- New location for Waikanae library services to open shortly (21 June 2019)
- Medium-term solution confirmed for Waikanae library and customer services (9 May 2019)
- Waikanae Library closure (6 Dec 2018)
- Waikanae Library closed for urgent maintenance (28 Nov 2018)