Te Tahuhu o Te Rangi

​​​About the project

Ōpōtiki District Council is undertaking a major building project – the Te Tahuhu o Te Rangi – Technology and Research Centre​. This facility, located in the heart of the Ōpōtiki township, is intended to deliver an economic and business hub, arts and cultural hub and community hub including reinvention of the existing library service.​

Here's what's been happening recently

6 August 2020

The project to build Te Tāhuhu o Te Rangi has taken a major step forward this week with the announcement of Livingstone Building NZ Ltd as the contractor​ for the build.​

31 July 2020

Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters came to Opotiki and announced government funding for new facilities. This funding means ratepayers will no longer need to part fund the build of Te Tāhuhu o Te Rang by way of loan.

29 May 2020

We put a call out to all sub-contractors and suppliers​ to submit pricing to the competing tenderes.

18 December 2019

Grant funding has been confirmed from BayTrust’s Community Amenities Fund and Lotteries Communities Facilities Fund​ to support the build of Te Tahuhu o Te Rangi, Ōpōtiki’s new Technology and Research Centre.​

2 December 2019

As we move toward tendering for construction we looked for a project manager. We put out a request for suitably qualified suppliers to submit proposals for project management services.

Check out the Request for Proposals for Project Management Services Te Tahuhu o Te Rangi news page​​ for more.

History of the project

​Redevelopment of the Ōpōtiki Library has been a long standing ambition of the Council.

Consultation on the options has been considered by the community on a number of occasions, and the project has appeared in every Long Term Plan (LTP) since 2009. The community were formally consulted (using the Special Consultative Procedure) in 2009 on four options, and further feedback has been sought many times in the decade since.

Reports have been prepared over this time which have informed the development of the project, including a review of library services in 2009 (prepared by Susan Harris), a Feasibility Study in 2013 (prepared by Nicki Moen) and a Feasibility Report in 2018 (prepared by Di Paton). Results from each of the public consultation exercises conducted over this time, have indicated community support for the project and the community have worked hard on fundraising and grant funding.​

Architectural plans were developed in 2014, and resource consent and building consents were lodged in order to meet the requirements of potential external funding providers. In 2016, Council adopted the name Te Tāhuhu o Te Rangi for the proposed development, a name bestowed by kaumatua Te Riako Amoamo.

After attempts to secure grant funding had been unsuccessful Council asked staff to consider other options for funding the project.

At the 28 June Council meeting staff recommended that Council agree to underwrite the project through external loan (from the Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA)).

Three options were presented to Council for consideration, along with the expected financial implications of each option. These options included:

Option 1: Status quo (doing nothing)

Option 2: Small scale redevelopment of library

Option 3: Full scale redevelopment of library (our preferred option)

Council resolved at that meeting to (1) undertake a consultation exercise to seek the views of the public on the three options presented, and (2) report that feedback to council and present the three options outlined in this report for decision.

Council collected community feedback on the Library Redevelopment Project - Te Tāhuhu o Te Rangi Technology funding options in July and August 2019 and a paper presented to Council on 5 September 2019, provided Councillors with a summary of the public feedback, on the funding options, financial effects and possible next steps. 

After significant discussion, Council voted to continue with full redevelopment of the library site and build Te Tāhuhu o Te Rangi.

Staff will continue to seek external funding opportunities and if successful any funds that are obtained will be used to reduce the external loan requirement and therefore reliance on rates.

Cost breakdownCost ($)
Build costs and contingencies4,160,000
Preparatory work, tendering and project management160,000
Internal fitout280,000
Total cost4,600,000

Funding sourcesFunding amount ($)Annual loan repayments ($)
Library redevelopment fund800,000 
Expected external grants700,000 
Expected revenue (per annum)30,000 
Anticipated effect annual loan repayments on rates (per annum)Additional $10 per rating unit, or $2.70 per $100k of capital value of property (note that this represents an increase of $3 more per property than status quo).

​You can view architect's conceptual drawings of Te Tāhuhu o Te Rangi Technology and Research Centre to learn more about our preferred option.

View a full copy of the 5 September 2019 Te Tāhuhu o Te Rangi - Library Redevelopment council report​.

Page reviewed: 06 Aug 2020 9:34am