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Avondale integrated library and community centre

Closed for feedback

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About the Avondale integrated library and community centre

This consultation closed on 26 April 2019. Thank you for having your say.

We received more than 1860 comments, ideas and suggestions in the first phase of engagement on the Avondale integrated library and community centre.

This included:

  • 159 responses to our online survey
  • 10 hard copy surveys
  • 245 comments from face-to-face conversations
  • 14 stakeholder meetings
  • drop-in events
  • mana whenua hui.

Key feedback themes

Most people wanted activities that would enhance community connections, such as:

  • markets, events and festivals
  • youth activities
  • activities for older people
  • meeting spaces
  • events that celebrate culture and diversity.

People also wanted to see creative usage of the spaces, including:

  • music
  • art
  • dance.

There were also requests for the inclusion of learning and development opportunities, including:

  • after-school and school holiday activities
  • exercise classes
  • other classes including languages, cooking and budgeting
  • reading.

Community services were also suggested, such as:

  • a Citizen's Advice Bureau
  • space for health-related activities such as therapy, support groups and counselling.

Phase two engagement included discussion groups to test service and spatial requirements. We held hui with mana whenua and discussion groups with:

  • community
  • arts/ creative practitioners from Avondale
  • community service providers
  • youth
  • internal stakeholders
  • library and community centre staff.

This feedback informed the design brief.

The vision and key provisions from the design brief were approved by Whau Local Board on 28 August 2019.

What happens next

Now that both phases of community engagement are complete, we're ready for the next phase which involves putting together a design team. Concept work is scheduled to begin in late 2019.

Once the concepts have been designed, further community consultation will take place.

Get a copy of the design brief