Topic: Mount Maunganui Library (est. 1967)

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Mount Maunganui Library opened on 19 August 1967. The library is the home of the artworks 'The Fable of Mauao: He Korero Tipu' by Fred Graham and 'Raurangi' by Jon Freeland (1967).

Before August 1963, when Barry Beazley of Beazley Homes Ltd offered the loan of the building to be a temporary library until a permanent one could be built, Mount Maunganui residents had no library of their own.

The Fate of Mauao by Fred Graham

The Fable of Mauao: He Korero Tipu by Fred Graham

The permanent Mount Maunganui Library building was built on a large block of vacant land owned by the then Mount Maunganui Borough Council in January of 1967. The library opened on 19 August 1967.

The award-winning building cost $36,000. It was designed by the firm of architects Ellison and Acheson and built by C. W. Partridge Ltd of Te Puke.

The courtyard on the northern side, with screen walls, garden and fountain, was donated by Mrs F. Jesson of Mount Maunganui in memory of her husband.

In 1988 a 450 square metre, half-million-dollar extension was added to the library, bringing it up to a total area of 850 square metres. The extensions were designed by the Borough Council's engineering department and built by Partridge Construction. A new computer system was put in at the same time at a cost of $52,000.

Mount Maunganui Library (2016)

With local government almalgamation in 1989, the library came under the control of the Tauranga District Council. In 1999 the interior was upgraded, with a new air conditioning system and the movement of an internal wall to gain useable space, along with new desks, new carpet, and a paint job. The contractors in this case were R. H. Baxter Construction. The library was closed for a week to enable the work to be completed.

Library staff were informed in December 2015 that part of the grounds outside the building were to be fenced off following the discovery of asbestos in the soil. In March 2016 the asbestos soil was removed from the outside of the Mount Library. The asbestos had come from the parapet cladding and roof membrane which had recently been waterblasted.

Seismic upgrading was carried out in June 2016 which saw plywood installed against the library's internal walls to prevent them from falling inwards in the event of an earthquake. In November 2016 the fences around the Mount Maunganui Library came down, as work in and around the building was completed.

Mount Maunganui Library (2016)



Bay of Plenty Times (1 February 1999).

Bay of Plenty Times (9 March 2016). Asbestos soil to be removed from Mount Library.

Halls, Libraries and Community Centres in Tauranga: Some brief histories (p. 8).

Mackenzie, Margaret. Mount Maunganui Public Library: A new building. New Zealand Libraries, V37, No. 1, pp. 22-25.

Mount News (18 May 1988).

Sunlive (16 January 2016). Asbestos at Mount library.

Sunlive (6 June 2016). Library getting seismic upgrading.

Voxy (8 November 2016). Mount Maunganui Library refurbishment completed. 

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Mount Maunganui Library (est. 1967)

City:Mount Maunganui, New Zealand