Motueka Library redevelopment

We're building a new library for Motueka to meet the community's current and future needs.

What is proposed?

A new, purpose-built, 1,100m2 single storey building sited on Decks Reserve between the iSite and the Japanese Gardens.


We have confirmed Decks Reserve as the location for the new Motueka Library.  A feasibility study in 2018 compared the pros and cons of redeveloping the current library site or having a new building on Decks Reserve. 

Following professional advice and community feedback the Council decided Decks Reserve was the preferred site. We then looked more closely at the best site for the new library in Decks Reserve and have chosen the area between the iSite and the Japanese Gardens.

preferred site graphic

Workshop feedback

In February and April we held workshops with community members to develop a design brief for the new library.  We have also looked into a number of technical issues to choose a suitable site. 

During the workshops there was strong support for a library on the Wallace Street site. The benefits include:

  • Access from Wallace Street
  • No car parking on Decks Reserve would be taken up by a building
  • Provides a connection with the park, iSite and Japanese Gardens
  • Has no geotechnical issues
  • Is close to service connections such as wastewater and power

The main downside of the location is a loss of green space in the park, and the community asked us to minimise the building footprint but also make sure the new building has good inside-outside flow and connects to the environment.

We are also working with Motueka iwi representatives to explore issues for iwi and Maori. Iwi representatives are supportive of a new library in Motueka and a cultural impact assessment has been undertaken to help us understand the site.

The construction of the library is planned for 2020/21.

Design brief
What about car parking and the market?


Project summary
2018 feasibility study

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