A delay in the conversion of the former Otamatea Council building in Paparoa into a medical centre and community hub has seen a tenant of the building turn to an alternative showcase.The White Rock Gallery vacated the building, along with the Paparoa Library, two months ago, to make way for renovations, which would rehome both enterprises as well as a new medical centre planned by the Paparoa Medical Society.
Art and crafts are being displayed at The Kauri Museum, and the adjacent Gumdiggers cafe, while the gallery awaits the renovations.
“At present, the gallery proper is in limbo,” said White Rock chair, Stu Robertson.
”The gallery is displaying work at the museum and cafe on a permanent, ongoing basis — not temporarily.”
Paparoa Medical Society chair, Graham Taylor says the society is aware many in the community have been inconvenienced by the building closure.
“There have been a number of unexpected and unforeseen challenges involved in turning what had been essentially a private home into a code compliant public building.
“Meeting current code compliance is complex and costly. Unfortunately, there has been no option but to close temporarily. Planning is now well advanced, and it is anticipated that renovations will commence within the next few weeks.
“Paparoa Medical Society is fully committed to its objective of ensuring the provision of medical services for the community of Paparoa.”
While the library is also closed, patrons are invited to use their Paparoa card at Maungaturoto and Dargaville libraries.