Kaponga LibraryPlus Gets Bodywork and Facelift

Wednesday 12 December

The newly strengthened Kaponga LibraryPlus was re-opened by South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dunlop at a celebratory afternoon tea on Wednesday (12 December).

As well as earthquake strengthening work the LibraryPlus was refurbished and repainted.

District libraries and cultural services manager Cath Sheard says the $120,000 project, undertaken by Heartland Construction Ltd of Ōpūnake, was completed on time and on budget.

The Kaponga LibraryPlus had been operating out of the supper room of the Memorial Hall since September 2016 after an Initial Seismic Assessment found the existing building came in at only 20% of the New Building Standard, well below the required 34% mark.

“The need to earthquake strengthen the existing building gave us an opportunity to modernise and freshen up the interior in-line with its role as a modern, welcoming facility,” says Mayor Dunlop.

“Kaponga LibraryPlus is one of seven LibraryPlus centres throughout the district and represents part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to our small towns,” he says. “It’s at the heart of the community and we hope everyone enjoys their LibraryPlus centre’s new look.”

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