Construction is now under way on the Te Kete Aronui Rototuna Library

rototuna library render

Construction is now officially under way on the $9.5 million Te Kete Aronui Rototuna Library.

The library is the latest part of the Rototuna Village development. The village aims to create a vibrant heart for the north east Hamilton community, where people can meet, play and connect to the outdoors.

On Friday (4 February) kaumaatua, Hamilton City Councillors, contractors and members of the local community gathered to turn the sod and officially commemorate the start of this long-awaited community hub.

Livingstone Building is contracted to complete the library, with doors expected to open in mid-2023.

Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate said the library and complete Rototuna Village development was a great example of community-led placemaking. Feedback from the community had strongly influenced design and construction decisions “from the get-go”, she said.

“It’s easy to focus on just building houses and that’s certainly challenging enough. But Council’s focus must always be on building and supporting whole communities. People and families do best as part of well-rounded, well-resourced communities and that’s what we should be aiming for in our city.”

We are proud to be supporting Hamilton City Council with this awesome project. On the same block as Rototuna Village, the library will be an essential part of this new town centre. The library will provide the community access to a range of Council services, as well as a space for learning and sharing knowledge. The name given by Te Haa o te Whenua o Kirikiriroa, Te Kete Aronui, one of the three baskets of knowledge collected by Taane in the Maaori legend, emulates the role of this space in the community.

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