Civic Facility Consultation

Talking to you - a timeline


In late 2017 we went out to the community to get initial thoughts on options for the town hall.

We received 220 responses and almost two thirds (65%) preferred the option to build a new facility, over strengthening the existing town hall building.

Feedback from Consultation 


We asked the Masterton community for its thoughts on what we should do with the town hall. We presented three key options:

  1. Build a new facility

  2. Strengthen the existing building

  3. Not replace the town hall.

The majority (59%) of people that responded told us they supported our preferred option of constructing a new building and the $15.5 million capital investment. More than one quarter (27%) said they would prefer to see Council strengthen the existing building.

As a result of the consultation Masterton District Council decided:

“to proceed with building a new civic centre. Future work will be undertaken regarding what this will look like and the location. This will include considering options on the current site and options to retain the existing façade with the replacement of the current town hall. Further consultation will be undertaken on the final proposal.”

Feedback from Consultation

2019 - 2020

Over the 2019-20 summer, we asked Masterton what the must-haves are for a shared community facility, and whether people are willing to pay for such a facility. We were also keen to properly understand what people think of the current façade, and how important it is to keep it.

This period of engagement is now complete and the results have been given to your Councillors for them to make their decision about how to proceed. You can see a full breakdown of the results on the Masterton District Council website.

In mid-2020, Councillors visited a range of different venues to find out what is possible and learn what has and hasn’t worked for similar projects across the lower North Island.

We recommend that you read the FAQs on this site and download our Town Hall Factsheet (PDF, 2MB) for more background about the project.