Te Newhanga Kāpiti Community Centre
Due to issues resulting from ongoing weather-tightness issues, Te Newhanga Kāpiti Community Centre will be closed from 31 May 2021. Council is committed to rebuilding or replacing the centre.
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Recent invasive testing showed, despite remedial works, moisture ingress to an unacceptable level in three additional areas not previously identified. There is also significant mould or decay in areas not identified in the previous investigation.
Results of a structural investigation of the building carried out in late 2020 concluded that the structurally degraded timber has reduced the building’s overall bracing strength by 15 to 20 percent compared to its original bracing. The building is now achieving 58 to 60 percent of the current new building requirement, which means it is not currently dangerous or earthquake prone as defined by the Building Act.
Air quality testing carried out on 22 February showed Penicillium/Aspergillus spore counts have increased in both the Totara and Pohutukawa rooms. The amount of Stachybotrys (also known as toxic black mould) and Chaetomium (another mould that can cause allergic reactions and respiratory infections in immune-compromised people) are the highest levels recorded to date in the Totara Room, which is currently empty.
The Community Centre currently remains safe for Volunteer Kāpiti and the Kāpiti Community Foodbank to occupy while Council works with them to relocate, although this will depend on the results of ongoing air quality monitoring.
The Kāpiti Community Centre was located over the railway lines in Paraparaumu for many years. In the 1990s a Community Trust was established to raise funds for a new centre, to be located on Ngahina Street. The Deputy Mayor of the time, Murray Jensen, was instrumental in this process and in 1996 the building was completed. Later, the building was gifted to Council and run by an independent community organisation. In 2011, the local hapu, Te Uri o te Ngarara, gifted a tipuna name to the Centre, Te Newhanga. This was significant in acknowledging the connection to local hapu and iwi, while recognising the importance of the centre to community.
In 2018, Council became the kaitiaki of the centre.
- Te Newhanga Kāpiti Community Centre to close, rebuild prioritised in draft Long-term Plan (19 March 2021)
- Further moisture issues identified at Te Newhanga Kāpiti Community Centre (21 Dec 2020)
- Kāpiti Community Centre building condition looked at (3 May 2019)
- Kāpiti Coast District Council to operate Te Newhanga Kāpiti Community Centre (22 June 2018)