Community feedback last year showed mixed support for Pātuki Manawa (which means the beating heart in Māori) with others suggesting a more conventional name for the building in the centre of Katikati.
The Katikati Community Board supported a joint name, so The Centre - Pātuki Manawa was adopted by Western Bay of Plenty District Council in May on the Board’s recommendation.
Western Bay Mayor Garry Webber says the name and Māori reference embody the aim of creating a vibrant town centre of which the new facility will be an anchor point.
“Many years ago when Katikati councillors and the Katikati Community Board consulted on the Katikati Community Plan, a major outcome was to create a vibrant town centre of which the wider Katikati community would be proud.
“This project is just part of the process to build a vibrant town centre. Over time Katikati will become a destination New Zealand Town well known by all New Zealanders.”
The new facility began construction in September 2017 and will be officially opened in late August.
The facility comprises a two-storey library and service centre building with a mezzanine floor of 800 square metres and a 400 square metre community space. Its design provides a central link between Katikati’s main shopping centre and Talisman Drive.
The existing Katikati Library and Information Centre will become the home of the Katikati Arts Collective and it will remain the location of the Katikati Information Centre and Katch Katikati.