Moerā Neighbourhood Hub

Creating a fit for purpose, welcoming space that is responsive to the community.

We’re pleased to share an update on the Moerā Neighbourhood Hub.

Following investigation, we discovered that the current Moerā library building has issues with watertightness and needs significant repairs. Due to the state of the current building, we have decided to rebuild it, rather than proceed with repairs.

Early work on designs has given rise to a new idea on how to make the most of this opportunity while also following Council’s approach to resilience and sustainability.

Designs for the new building are being developed based on feedback from the Moerā community and their desire for a building that is flexible, inclusive and welcoming while also connecting to the surrounding community facilities. Having collated these needs via consultation, a new building which offers longevity, resilience and a flexible, larger, open plan design is more sustainable cost-effective option than renovating the existing building.

The existing building will now be replaced with a sustainable, relocatable, Greenstar, purpose-built facility which will operate as a Neighbourhood Hub, delivering a range of services including library services.

There is also consideration to refresh the wider Moerā Reserve where the hub sits, including the public toilets.

While the transition is underway, services including the library and public computers will continue to be provided at a temporary location in the area.

As part of the Moerā Neighbourhood Hub redevelopment, Hutt City Council Parks & Reserves will be upgrading the Moerā reserve that expands out of the north end of the new hub. This will be completed in a phased approach.

The first phase will be developed concurrently with the new hub by Niche Commercial Ltd as part of the overall project, and will include the public toilets, paving and planting in the immediate outdoor area of the hub.

The north end of the reserve will be refreshed later in phase two.

What's the latest?

After a successful tender process, Niche Modular Construction Ltd has been awarded the contract to deliver the new Moerā Neighbourhood Hub.

The new hub, located on the existing Moerā library site, will provide a vibrant community space for locals to connect, learn, and play. The facility will feature an open plan space that allows access to vital library services such as library books and other collections, internet access, printers, photocopying and much more. The new hub also offers a fantastic connection to the reserve and playground outside with bifold doors and deck around the north side of the building.

Niche brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the project, having successfully delivered over 100 education spaces comprising of 450 building modules constructed at their innovative modular construction hub in Petone, Lower Hutt.

The construction timeline is being finalised with the new hub expected to be completed by year end.

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