About Ōrauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre

Ōrauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre opened on Saturday 22 July 2017 on the site of the former Bishopdale Creche in Bishopdale Mall.

The new facility includes a combined library and community hall joined by an atrium in the 800 square metre single-storey building. The main hall divides into two separate spaces which can be combined to give greater flexibility. Both areas open to a deck and have access to a kitchen. A meeting space can be booked by community groups and can be used after hours when the library is closed. The adjacent library includes a 330 square metre collection space and can also open out to a deck.

Ōrauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre's name

Ōrauwhata means “the place of the multitude of eels”. This name is a reflection of the area before it was planted and developed by the Bishop family in the 19th century, when it held whata (eels) in water basins formed during flooding by frequent overflow from the Waimairi River.

The previous Bishopdale Library building had the Māori name Te Kete Wānanga o Papa Kōhatu.

Listen to the Māori name [147KB MP3]


Construction of the new Ōrauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre

Watch video of the opening day celebrations:

View photos from the opening day on Flickr:

Photos of construction

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