Feedback Wanted on Te Ramanui o Ruapūtahanga - Library, Culture and Arts Centre

Feedback Wanted on Te Ramanui o Ruapūtahanga - Library, Culture and Arts Centre

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Concept plans for South Taranaki’s new Library, Culture and Arts Centre – Te Ramanui o Ruapūtahanga are finished and the Council wants to know what you think.

South Taranaki District Council’s (STDC) Chief Executive Waid Crockett, says the $8 million facility, to be located on the corner of High and Regent Streets, will be the key anchor project in the Hawera Town Centre Upgrade.

“At 1605m2 the building combines a number of facilities onto one site, including a bigger library, meeting rooms, public toilets, an art gallery and heritage exhibition space, i-SITE visitor centre and café,” says Mr Crockett.

Te Ramanui (for short)will provide people with a wide-range of services, information, cultural and educational resources right in the heart of Hāwera, bringing more foot traffic, visitors and vibrancy to the town centre.”

The building, designed by architects Warren and Mahoney, takes environmental sustainability into account wherever possible, which also has the added benefit of keeping ongoing operational costs to a minimum.

Mr Crockett says the Council was also looking for a new name to replace the temporary acronym CHALCI, and it had been gifted Te Ramanui o Ruapūtahanga - Library, Culture and Arts Centre.

Te Ramanui o Ruapūtahanga means the beacon or signal fire of Ruaputahanga, a famous Taranaki Maori ancestress. Ruapūtahanga would light the beacon as a signal for Iwi to meet so they could talk, share ideas and knowledge. We think the name perfectly symbolises the new centre’s purpose as a place for the community to meet in order to share information and gain knowledge,” he says.

Te Ramanui will not only be a community and visitor hub, it will be a catalyst for driving change and increasing investment. We believe it will completely transform the town centre.”

To date the site for the new centrehas been purchased and initial concept designs have been completed. These can also be found at any of the district’s seven LibraryPlus centres and, over the next week, outside the former Oxygen building on High Street.

“We want to know what people think about the project concept so that we can feed suggestions into the final plan. People have got till the end of October to give us their feedback,” says Mr Crockett.

Mr Crockett says the Council is contributing $4.8 million towards the facility, with the remaining $3.2 million being sought from external funding.

“The Council’s contribution is being loan-funded. Earnings from the Council’s Long Term Investment Fund (LTIF) will be used to repay the loan over a number of years so there is no impact on rates to fund this development,” he says.

Once all funding has been secured Council intends to begin construction in late 2019 to be complete by July 2021.

The following public meetings are happening at LibraryPlus centres around the district:

Patea LibraryPlus – Friday 5 October at 10.30 am

Kaponga LibraryPlus – Wednesday 10 October at 2 pm

Hawera LibraryPlus – Friday 12 October at 10.30 am

Waverley LibraryPlus – Wednesday 17 October at 10.30 am

Manaia LibraryPlus – Thursday 18 October at 10.00 am

Hawera LibraryPlus – Saturday 20 October at 11 am

Opunake LibraryPlus – Wednesday 24 October at 10.00 am

Eltham LibraryPlus – Wednesday 24 October at 10.30 am

Hawera LibraryPlus – Thursday 25 October at 10.00 am

Feedback on this project has now ended.