An edited media release is below. Like the Waikanae Library, it’s clearly another case of the council neglecting to look after its toys, and yet it votes to build a multi-million dollar edifice on the sand-dunes at Paraparaumum Beach (the Guru Gateway) which with drifting sand and salt spray is notoriously high maintenance territory?

Kāpiti Coast District Council announced Friday that Te Newhanga Kāpiti Community Centre will not reopen for community bookings and programmes, with the building closing due to ongoing weather-tightness issues.

Group Manager, People and Partnerships, Janice McDougall said recent assessments of the building showed it had continued to deteriorate and the Council was not confident the building would be safe to occupy over another winter. 

“Te Newhanga holds a special place in our community and we know it has an important role to play in connecting people and organisations. Unfortunately we’ve now reached the point where our ongoing efforts to manage the building are not enough to maintain a safe and healthy environment for centre users. It is no longer fit for purpose.

“Recent invasive testing showed there is an increase in decay and unacceptable moisture levels within the building’s walls since the last time we tested.  Our regular air quality monitoring shows this is having an impact on the air quality within the centre, which we anticipate will get worse once winter arrives.

“With this in mind, we’ve made the difficult decision to close the centre until the building can be rebuilt or replaced,” said Mrs McDougall.

“Council staff are looking at community needs and whether the closure of Te Newhanga creates any gaps in community support services or facilities. This will include considering whether a temporary facility is needed within the town centre.”

“Council has allocated $5 million across the next two financial years for investigation, design and construction work on a fit-for-purpose Community Centre,” said Mayor Gurunathan, K.