The Editor, The Dominion Post, Wellington
Dave Armstrong’s satirical depiction of the Library conversation (28/07) at WCC as an argument over bikkies hits the mark. Read the rest of this entry »
The purpose (in the larger cultural/historical picture) of closing or even demolishing the library (and also building a giant white elephant convention centre) was (is still) to destroy the very concept of a ‘public’ library. Read the rest of this entry »
Thanks Helene (Ritchie),
The current elected council would surely be amenable to a stabilize / open process for the Library. Read the rest of this entry »
The Mayor (elect)
16 October, 2019
Hello Mayor Foster:
Congratulations on your win. I hope you will put number one priority on reopening the main library. Read the rest of this entry »
The Editor, The Dom Post, Wellington
17 June, 2019
Angela Foster (3 June Opinion) gives a wonderful defence of the importance of public buildings, especially the Public Library which startlingly is being considered for demolition in the face of its merits and popularity. Then she responsibly goes on to describe a perhaps ‘inconvenient’ fact that building construction is a very high contributor to CO2 emissions.
What I’m not hearing from anyone, however, is what kind of damage the Library had sustained from the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes. Two recently constructed public buildings, Statistics House and Defence House were damaged so severely they had to be abandoned (are they still standing, even?). Argosy Property is making a $39M insurance claim for its Waterloo Quay property. Was there no damage to the Library? Surely with no or little damage public safety can be enhanced by upgrade. What the demolition suggestion looks like is more an attack on the very concept of public service buildings. Not new, but more boldly visible than ever before.