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Waikanae pop-up library opening in Mahara Place

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
The Kāpiti Coast District Council will open a weekday pop-up library in Mahara Place on Friday, following the closure of the Waikanae Library after the discovery of toxic mould.

Acting Group Manager Corporate Services Janice McDougall says she’s pleased to have some Council services back up and running for Waikanae customers, through this pop-up initiative.

“Continuing to deliver library and customer services to our Waikanae customers is important to us so as an interim step we’ve set up a pop-up service while we work on options for how we deliver our services in Waikanae next year.”

“We’re creating the pop-up space by using the current library foyer area and immediate outside space and our friendly staff will set up the pop-up each morning. We’ve closed the foyer off from rest of library, decontaminated, cleaned and tested to make sure it was all safe and healthy before we opened.”

“We’ll be open Monday to Friday from 10am until 2pm and at this stage, will be closed on public holidays and weekends.”

Library services will include issues, returns, reserves, and some library programmes. Around 800 items are available for loan, including large print, talking books, and new fiction. Crates of mixed board books, early readers and picture books, and newspapers are also available.

The Council customer services team are on hand to give customers information on where and how to make payments, registering dogs, booking halls and requesting building files.

No payments systems are available, however payments for rates & water rates will continue to be taken at Waikanae Post Shop, and at other Council service centres in Paraparaumu and Ōtaki.

New Group Managers appointed to vacant positions

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has announced the successful candidates for three vacant group manager positions, who’ll take up their roles in the New Year.

Chief Executive Wayne Maxwell says he’s delighted to be welcoming the three successful candidates to their new positions, which includes a combination of familiar and fresh faces.

“From late January, Janice McDougall will take up the role of Group Manager People and Partnerships. Janice has been Acting Group Manager Corporate Services since January 2018. This appointment reflects the strong pool of talent that currently exists within Council.”

“Mark de Haast will return to Council to take up the role of Group Manager Corporate Services in early February, following on from his recent time at Hutt City Council.”

“A new face, James Jefferson, will take up the role of Group Manager Place and Space in late January. James is currently employed with another council as General Manager, Policy, Planning and Regulatory Services, a role he has held since early 2016. James previously worked with the Ministry of Justice, Auckland Council, Franklin District Council and Tauranga City Council in a range of general management positions.”

“Having the right people in these roles is crucial to successfully delivering services for our customers and community and I have every confidence that our new group managers will help our Council and our District go from strength to strength in 2019.”

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