The central section of Pātaka will be closed to the public from Tuesday 8 June, due to maintenance and strengthening work, but the rest of the building remains open to the public (this includes Porirua Library and Cafe Kaizen).
While this work is carried out, we won’t be taking any new bookings for the period of 8 June - 31 August 2021.
If you have a booking already in place, there may be some maintenance sound that may be heard from the various facility rooms around the building.
If you would like to submit a booking for September 2021 onwards, please use the online booking form. Currently all enquiries will be processed Monday to Thursday between the hours of 9am and 12pm until works are complete. We will be delighted to hear from you or show you the facilities at these times.
We apologies for the inconvenience.
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The programme of work is expected to take about 12 weeks and will make the gallery and museum in Porirua stronger, creating more elasticity for the building should there be an earthquake.
Cafe Kaizen, the galleries and the city’s main library will all remain open during the project.
“This is necessary work has to be done due to recent regulation changes in the building code,” Pātaka’s director Reuben Friend says. “Patrons of Cafe Kaizen will have seating arrangements temporarily adjusted due to construction in the atrium of Pātaka, but we will be doing all we can to keep it brief so customers can enjoy their delicious Reuben Sandwiches again as soon as possible.”
Access points to the library, Kaizen and galleries will be clearly marked. The public toilets next to Kaizen will remain open.
Libraries manager Brian Anderson says they will be temporarily opening an entrance to the main library on the Parumoana Street corner, near the roundabout you take to go to Te Rauparaha Arena. “We’re confident there will be no disruption to library access at all as this project is ongoing,” he says.