The Kaiapoi Library & Museum Replacement Has Started

The demolition of the “old” Kaiapoi Library is now well under way.  It has been closed since the 4 September quake and is being replaced so that it can meet the future needs of that part of the our District. The library was getting cramped and had been badly damaged.

The new library will incorporate the Museum, which had to be demolished immediately after the September quake. A former court house (of similar design and age to the Rangiora court house), it was left barely standing by the earthquake.  The Council owned the building and the Kaiapoi District Historical Society the collection.

The Council also owns the Oxford and Cust Museum buildings, but not the Rangiora one (although it is on Council land).

As well as in Kaiapoi, there are, of course, libraries in Rangiora and Oxford.  The Kaiapoi Library is currently operating out of temporary quarters in the Kaiapoi Swim Club building, next to the Aquatic Centre.

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3 Responses to “The Kaiapoi Library & Museum Replacement Has Started”

  1. Nate Says:

    Next to the *damaged and closed* aquatic center. Sigh…

    • David Ayers Says:

      Yes, of course, Nate. The news about this is that work on that should start soon – in fact, it should get under way before the library gets started.

      In the meantime, the temporary pool at the rugby club will be open again for summer. Very small, I know, but it helps the schools with their learn-to-swim programmes.

  2. David Ayers Says:

    Further news Nate – the work on the Aquatic Centre starts on Monday.

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