Matamata-Piako Civic and Memorial Centre


During 2014 Council sought feedback on whether we should 'repair, renovate or rebuild' the Matamata Memorial Centre, Library and Council office. We also held a series of community workshops and open days to seek feedback on what Council should consider when planning for the future of these facilities.

In 2015 Council proposed to spend $8 million on a Civic Centre for the district as part of the Long Term Plan, however, feedback from the community was divided on this issue. Council took this into consideration and reduced the funding for this project from $8 million to $6 million.

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Concept plans

We completed a series of community workshops in late 2014 seeking input from user groups and the wider community about what was “essential” vs “nice to have” in the new Matamata-Piako Civic and Memorial Centre. The project working party then worked with Chow:Hill Architects during 2015 to develop a concept plan that incorporated as many as possible of the things the community told us were essential.

Council approved concept plans for further development at their meeting in December 2015. In February 2016 Chow:Hill Architects were appointed as the lead architects who will carry out the design process in three phases, preliminary design, developed design and detailed design. 

Dec 2016 update

Registratons of Interest were invited from organisations interested in tendering for the construction of the centre. These have been shortlisted and five organisations have been invited to tender for the work. The tenders will be evaluated and presented to Council in February.

February 2017 update

Council has awarded the main contract to rebuild the centre to local builder Stanley Construction Ltd. The rebuild is expected to begin on March 20. A budget of $6.9 million has been allocated for the centre, which is expected to open early in 2018. Temporary library, customer services and Building Consents processing offices will be set up opposite the site, and there may be limited services and disruption to customers during this period, for which Council apologises. See Media Release for more information.

March 2017 update

Matamata Customer Services and Library is on the move! We close at 5.30pm 8 March for the move to temporary offices across the road on Tainui St while the new Civic and Memorial Centre and library is being built. Some limited Council services will be available at the Pancake House (corner Tainui and Tui St) for the following few days. Customer Services and Building Control will reopen in the week beginning 13 March in the portacabins being erected at 12 Tainui St. The library will reopen there also by 20 March. We apologise for any inconvenience during this period and hope you understand that only a small selection of books will be available in the temporary library. Patrons will be encouraged to use ebooks and there will be one free public computer available in the portacabin. Please excuse us if there is a queue for this. If you have any questions, please phone 0800 746467 or send an email to

What facilities are currently available?

We are no longer taking bookings for the Matamata Memorial Hall.

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