No en­try fee for MTG

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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.

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