Fox­ton Li­brary on the move to new cen­tre

The Horowhenua Mail - - FRONT PAGE - MIRI SCHROETER

Fox­ton Li­brary is be­ing re­lo­cated to a new com­mu­nity and cul­ture cen­tre, Te Awa­hou Nieuwe St­room.

The cen­tre is open­ing on Novem­ber 18 and it will house a com­mu­nity gallery, ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces and a public li­brary, as well as the Ma¯ori and Dutch hubs.

The li­brary will be closed from Novem­ber 10 and will re­open along with Te Awa­hou Nieuwe St­room.

An open­ing cer­e­mony for Te Awa­hou Nieuwe St­room will be held at 10am, fol­lowed by a festival at 12pm, which will in­clude dance groups and food trucks.

Han­nah Street, a mem­ber of the Friends of Te Awa­hou Nieuwe St­room, said as a stu­dent she trav­elled to Levin to use the li­brary as Fox­ton’s li­brary was small.

‘‘Be­ing in a small town, kids of­ten get into trou­ble as there is noth­ing for them to do.

‘‘There were no hol­i­day pro­grammes be­ing of­fered for chil­dren be­cause of the size of the fa­cil­ity.’’

She was ex­cited about the cen­tre open­ing.

Horowhenua Dis­trict Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive David Clap­per­ton said the fa­cil­ity was un­like any other in New Zealand.

‘‘We have com­bined ser­vices for lo­cal peo­ple and vis­i­tors to cre­ate a sus­tain­able vis­i­tor at­trac­tion, which will de­liver value to our com­mu­nity into the fu­ture.’’

It hasn’t been an easy road for the cen­tre, though, which had fund­ing is­sues just one month ago.

‘‘We have com­bined ser­vices for lo­cal peo­ple and vis­i­tors to cre­ate a sus­tain­able vis­i­tor at­trac­tion, which will de­liver value to our com­mu­nity into the fu­ture.’’

The $7.3 mil­lion com­mu­nity hub had a bud­get over­spend.

In Oc­to­ber, coun­cil strate­gic projects man­ager Cathy McCart­ney said heat­ing, ven­ti­la­tion and air­con­di­tion­ing sys­tem es­ti­mates were be­low the ac­tual quotes re­ceived.

This meant the project was over-bud­get by $200,000 and the coun­cil is ap­ply­ing for grants to cover the ex­tra costs.

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/STUFF

Te Awa­hou Nieuwe St­room in Fox­ton is set to open on Novem­ber 18.

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