Te Ara Ātea is Rolleston's soon-to-be new library
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Te Ara Ātea is Rolleston's soon-to-be new library
Tania DeJonge
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Te Ara Ātea is Rolleston's soon-to-be new library

A multifunctional civic centre, a place of discovery, community gathering, and sharing of knowledge.

Rolleston is the largest town in the Selwyn District, in the Canterbury region of New Zealand. The name Te Ara Ātea has been gifted by Te Taumutu Runanga and means unobstructed trail to the world and beyond. As the name expresses, Te Ara Ātea is a place for learning, gathering, connecting, exploring and celebrating the district’s heritage and people.

The centre will cater to the community's creativity and nourish its cultural soul. Its studio space will feature 3D printers, production software and the latest tech to explore. The workshop area will have tools and space for programmes. Art exhibitions and performances will be ongoing. The jewel in the crown, however, is going to be Te Waka Huia with beautifully curated taonga displays.

Te Ara Ātea opens officially on 20 November. To find out more about this wonderful new library enter HERE.

 

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