Harnett Builders apprentice Michiko Cooper (centre) and Regent Training Centre trainees Jimmi Reihana and Shalamar Fiu show MP Willow-Jean Prime and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones around the building site. Photo / Sue Shepherd
By Sue Shepherd and Avail Pacific
An innovative community hub is rapidly taking shape on what used to be a carpark behind Kawakawa's Hundertwasser toilets.
The $6.4 million Te Hononga project will house a public library, council service centre, art gallery, workshop, showers and toilets, and an interpretative centre dedicated to the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
A town square on the site of the old post office and library, as well as new bus and car parking, also form part of the project.
With 70 per cent of the rammed-earth walls complete and work underway to roof the library/workshop, Te Hononga is on track for a March/April 2020 opening.