Tauranga City Council staff are looking for ideas from the public about how a museum and library will work in the new city centre, and the kind of role they will play.
Last year, the Tauranga community told the council it wanted a vibrant, active and safe city centre and that it believed things like a museum, modern library and performance venue would help create that.
“We listened and are now working on defining what these facilities could be like,” says heart of the city communication and engagement advisor, Amanda Weatherley
“To do this, we need to understand the type of experience people expect to have and what a new museum and the central library will do for both individuals and the city.
“These facilities will be created to serve the community's needs first and foremost, so it's important elected members (city councillors) understand exactly what you want from them.”
Those passionate about a new museum or the central library and want to play a part in their future design, can apply to participate in one of the interactive design workshops.
Spaces are limited, and registration is essential, so get in quick. Workshops are three hours long (don't worry, we'll feed you!) and will be held on May 13, 16, 17 and 19.
Alternatively, the community can share their thoughts with councillors and staff at the following times
- Friday, May 5: Tauranga Home Show (at ASB Arena) from 10am - 2pm
- Saturday, May 6: As part of the Heart of the City stand at the Street Food Festival and official opening of the Waterfront steps from 11am – 2pm.
“Our city centre is in need of revitalisation and the Heart of the City programme is taking a big picture approach, planning for not just today or tomorrow, but what our residents will want in 50 years' time,” says City Transformation Committee chair Larry Baldock.
“The community's input to the design and experience of a new museum and the central library is an important part of the programme."