Polytech li­brary still closed

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‘‘We es­tab­lished a pop-up li­brary ... to con­tinue the nor­mal ser­vices we pro­vide our stu­dents and staff.’’

Whi­tireia Polytech stu­dents in Porirua will have to wait till March till their li­brary re-opens.

The li­brary build­ing was the only one on the cam­pus to suf­fer dam­age dur­ing the 7.8 mag­ni­tude earth­quake, which oc­curred just af­ter mid­night on Novem­ber 14.

There has been cau­tion tape across the en­trance to the li­brary ever since, bar­ring any­one from en­ter­ing the build­ing.

It is not known whether the dam­age is struc­tural, as en­gi­neers are cur­rently car­ry­ing out a de­tailed assess­ment.

Whi­tireia stu­dent sup­port ser­vices man­ager Mary Weddell said ac­tion was taken to en­sure li­brary ser­vices con­tin­ued to be de­liv­ered af­ter the earth­quake.

‘‘In the days fol­low­ing, we es­tab­lished a pop-up li­brary at Porirua Public Li­brary in or­der to con­tinue the nor­mal ser­vices we pro­vide our stu­dents and staff,’’ she said.

In­for­ma­tion about the li­brary’s clo­sure, and where to get books and aca­demic sup­port, had been com­mu­ni­cated to stu­dents via many dif­fer­ent chan­nels and this would con­tinue, she said.

The public can still bor­row books from Whi­tireia via the Smart sys­tem.

Weddell ex­pected the li­brary to be fully op­er­a­tional by late March.

No in­for­ma­tion was yet avail­able on the cost of the as­sess­ments and any po­ten­tial re­pairs, she said.

As part of its part­ner­ship with WelTec, Whi­tireia stu­dents can also ac­cess re­sources at WelTec, ei­ther in per­son or on­line.

The earth­quake had also given Whi­tireia the op­por­tu­nity to ‘‘re­view and en­hance’’ the en­vi­ron­ment at the li­brary, in­clud­ing new shelv­ing and other mea­sures that would cre­ate ‘‘in­no­va­tive and con­tem­po­rary learn­ing spa­ces’’, Weddell said.

No other build­ings on the Porirua cam­pus had been af­fected by the earth­quake.

In the wider city only the old James Smith build­ing in Lyd­ney Pl South, op­po­site the en­trance to North City Shop­ping Cen­tre, re­mains cor­doned off as it is still to be as­sessed.


The sun shone for a few pre­cious days last week and the peo­ple of Porirua came out in droves to en­joy what the city has to of­fer. Pic­tured: Jett Allen gives his scooter a good work out at the re­painted skate park. More pho­tos from the city’s parks, play­grounds, beaches and pools on P6 and 7.

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