No entry fee for MTG
Fees will be removed from MTG Hawke’s Bay to allow people to access the library for free while it’s in the same building.
The council decided to temporarily move the Napier library to the rear of the MTG after the current library was found to be well below new building standards, and a potential risk should in a large earthquake.
The council was looking at other ways the MTG could make money, to offset the loss in cash removing the entry fee would create.
The council’s director community services Antoinette Campbell said there were potential efficiencies from being housed together, such as lower power bills.
Removing entry charges was a great decision, and took away any barriers for people who wanted to move between both the library and MTG.
‘‘It opens up MTG, which has sometimes struggled to attract the breadth of the community to it, to a completely new audience. It’s an entirely appropriate decision and should be popular with the community.’’
MTG director Laura Vodanovich said MTG was delighted to see entry charges removed.
‘‘We are looking forward to welcoming the Library into the building early in the new year and to exploring the synergies between the museum and the library and what this can offer to the community.’’
All visitors will be able to access MTG Hawke’s Bay free of charge from October 2.
MTG Hawke’s Bay will be open free of charge from October 2 while it hosts the Napier library.