Rangiora Town Hall rebuilt “bigger and better”

Waimakariri news
Saturday, March 7, 2015

The re-opened Rangiora Town Hall is proof Waimakariri’s community facilities are being rebuilt bigger and better, Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says.

The town hall is part of a parcel of community facility projects that benefited from a Government grant of $7 million towards the restoration of earthquake-damaged community facilities. Of that, $1 million was contributed to the Rangiora Town Hall development.

Mr Doocey said he was fortunate to have obtained a sneak preview of the town hall ahead of the opening.

“I was really impressed by the size of the town hall with an auditorium, a theatre and two boutique cinemas, as well as a function room, music rehearsal rooms and even a green room.”

Mr Doocey said that, following the Canterbury earthquakes, Waimakariri lost a great many of its community facilities.

“These buildings represent more than just bricks and mortar. They bring a community together.

“Not only is the Rangiora Town Hall earthquake strengthened but the new features will meet the future demands of our growing population. Waimakariri is truly becoming a destination of choice. North Canterbury is growing and will continue to grow. We are presented with a future where we must take our opportunities. Greater Christchurch and Canterbury are redrawing themselves. We must play to our strengths, supporting and promoting the positive development of our region. We must look to opportunities new and old in the district to promote job growth. This is our time to take these opportunities.”

Mr Doocey thanked the Waimakariri District Council for its leadership in getting on with the job of rebuilding Waimakariri’s community assets.

Speaking at the opening of the Rangiora Town Hall.