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A New Chapter Begins

The much-anticipated Te Kete Aronui Rototuna Library has officially opened its doors, heralding a new chapter of community engagement, learning, and leisure for all ages.

This state-of-the-art facility isn't just a library; it's a vibrant community hub located in the heart of the Kinfields neighbourhood, designed with the input and spirit of local residents and mana whenua.

The library's opening was celebrated with an array of activities, showcasing its unique features, including an on-site café named Chapter One, a variety of bookable meeting rooms, and an innovative outdoor skatepark. The library's design and offerings reflect the deep cultural heritage of the area, with its name, Te Kete Aronui, inspired by Māori legend and representing one of the three baskets of knowledge. This name underscores the library's role as a cornerstone for learning, sharing, and community growth​​​​.

Mayor Paula Southgate has expressed her pride in the library, emphasising its significance as a "taonga" (treasure) for the community, fostering vibrant and connected communities across Hamilton Kirikiriroa. The library, she notes, is a product of community-led place-making, offering a welcoming space for everyone in the area to call their own.

Te Kete Aronui Rototuna Library is not just about books. It's a place where creativity, lifelong learning, and community strengthening are at the forefront. With amenities like free wi-fi, computers, printing and scanning services, small to large meeting rooms for community events, and even council services such as rates payments and dog registrations, the library is poised to be a central figure in community life. Furthermore, it features Hamilton’s third Changing Places bathroom facility, an Auaha Makerspace for creative technologies, and zones specially designed for kids, young adults, and community gatherings.

The opening of this library marks a significant milestone, embodying a shared vision for inspiring and uniting the community. Make sure you explore this new community treasure and take part in the diverse programs and services it offers.

Stay tuned for more updates and information on community events at the library by visiting the Hamilton Libraries website.