Manawatū District Council is upgrading the Community Hub/Library to turn it into a multi-use venue that meets the evolving needs of local communities, with the support of a grant of $150,000 from NZCT.
“We rely on our current Library for event and meeting spaces, hosting popular learning programmes and simply to provide a safe space for people to be,” says Community Services Manager Adie Johansen. “However our current facility is maxed out and the open plan layout doesn’t meet the acoustic or space needs of our community. This grant from NZCT is very much appreciated and it will help us develop a facility that the community can be really proud of.”
The library team have put considerable effort into delivering a community facility which provides opportunities for social interaction and wellbeing (te taha whānau), physical wellbeing (te taha tinana), and literacy (including digital literacy).
To further build on this approach, a complete refresh of the current building is in the planning and will provide a modern, safe, community space for whānau conferences, one-on-one learning programmes, community activities and an appropriate space to undertake private services such as private tutoring and meetings with Justice of the Peace.
Ideas for the Community Hub stem from public engagement activities carried out by the Council in 2021. It was clear from the feedback that rather than just a refresh of what was already there, huge opportunities could be seized by creating a safe, multi-use space for the community to use.