Civic Centre Development

A Shared Facility for Masterton

Masterton’s combined town hall and district building was closed in June 2016 due to having an earthquake rating below the required standard.

In 2017 we asked you for options for the town hall – two thirds of those that responded indicated they would prefer to see a new centre built.

We asked for your feedback again in early 2018 and proposed three options:

  1. Build a new facility
  2. Strengthen the existing building
  3. Not replace the town hall.

Check out our FAQ page to get more detail on the Civic Centre development project.

The majority of those that responded during our Long-Term Plan consultation said they wanted to see the town hall replaced. 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.” 

Check out our FAQ page to get more detail on the Civic Centre development project.

The term civic centre simply means a large public building or complex for meetings, sports or entertainment. We want our community to have facilities they enjoy – places that bring people from across our diverse community together. In this current round of engagement and consultation we want to find out what our residents consider ‘must-haves’ in a new shared facility, whether that be a library, cafe, performance space or meeting rooms.

Check out our FAQ page to get more detail on the Civic Centre development project.

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

The results of that consultation showed community support for building a new centre and we’re now developing plans for a multi-purpose community facility. 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 have also worked to define six objectives for our multi-purpose community facility. We want it to:

  1. meet the needs of the Masterton community and contribute to the wellbeing and liveability of the Wairarapa
  2. embrace our Māori culture and multi-cultural community
  3. use Green Building design for efficiency and environmental benefit
  4. be multi-purpose and be suitable and well use by future generations
  5. be affordable for our community
  6. be located somewhere that encourages activity, provides easy access, and fits in with existing community facilities.

The initial list of requirements for the space includes:

    1. a flat-floor space that can be used for different purposes (like performances, conferences, exhibitions) and suits the size of the Masterton community
    2. meeting rooms
    3. a central point for council and community-related information

We’re also exploring whether we can, and should, include a flexible “black-box” performance space, café, library and outdoor event space.

The next key milestone for us is a decision on the best location for the facility which will be made in the coming months.

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