Ngāruawāhia invited to Community Facility open day

October 22, 2017

The Ngāruawāhia Memorial Hall is one of two sites considered for a community facility.

An open day is set to inform and guide a community-led project for a possible new community facility in Ngāruawāhia.

On behalf of the steering group for the project, the Ngāruawāhia Community Board and Waikato District Council has invited those in the town to review the work undertaken so far.

The day will also allow people have  their say on two possible locations for the facility – Ngāruawāhia War Memorial Hall or the library.

The facility could potentially house the library, Twin Rivers Art Centre and Community Arts Space, a gallery space for exhibition and community spaces.

The community board is keen to hear from the community what they would like to see within the facility.

Hosted by the board, the event will be held at the Anglican Hall on October 28 from 10am to 1pm with a sausage sizzle on offer. 

The process was started last year through the formation of the community steering group to progress a community facility for Ngāruawāhia.

The group has been working hard and identified the two possible sites, which were taken to council earlier this year for endorsement.

Since then the group have been working on a feasibility study for the two sites identified, to come up with a preferred option.

The board and council want the community to have their say before the preferred option is finalised.

"We want to use this open day to check in with the community and make sure we're on the right track as we progress our feasibility study,"  board chairman James Whetu said. 

"Our community working group's vision is, "Connecting our communities through creativity and knowledge – a legacy for the future – uniquely Ngāruawāhia", and we would love the community to play their part to ensure the finished facility reflects that vision."

Information gathered from the open day and the survey will be used in the feasibility study, from which a preferred option will be chosen and presented to council.

For those that cannot make it, there is an opportunity to provide feedback or suggestions online through an informal survey running from October 18 to November 5 on the council website at

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