Future Waikanae library
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.
We’re committed to having a library in Waikanae, so we’ve been working with a Project Advisory Group made up of community members, iwi, and business and school representatives, which confirmed the preferred location for the future library is in Mahara Place.
We're also asking what the Waikanae community would like to see in their library, at Have your say – future Waikanae Library – have a read of the ideas there, and have your say!
These ideas and comments will feed into our Long-term Plan.
During March to May 2021, you'll be able to tell us if we've got it right, through our Long-term Plan formal consultation process – including around the scale and timing for the new or upgraded Waikanae Library.
Councillors will confirm Council's Long-term Plan 2021–41 priorities in June 2021.
Long-term Plan 2021–41 investment
If the Long-term Plan confirms investment for a new or upgraded Waikanae Library, development of a plan for the library will follow these steps.
- Community engagement on Waikanae Library priorities
We'll ask for your ideas to inform the design of the new or upgraded library, in the context of the scale and timing of investment outlined in the Long-term Plan.
- Community engagement on concept design
We'll ask for your comments on whether the concept design meets your needs, or should be modified.
- Final design released
We'll confirm the final design for the new or upgraded library.
- Construction of new or upgraded library begins.
- 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)