Martinborough Community Centre (Waihinga Centre)

Project Updates

To strengthen and refurbish the Martinborough Town Hall in an affordable manner to provide the residents of Martinborough and the wider Wairarapa with a civic facility that meets the communities needs now and into the future



The Waihinga Martinborough Community Centre Project involves the restoration and extension of the historic Martinborough Town Hall to create a multi-purpose community hub.

The earthquake-prone Town Hall will be strengthened and upgraded.

The new extension will house community services and activities including a library, a toy library, i-SITE visitor centre and Plunket as well as providing meeting rooms for other community groups.

Located in the heart of the vibrant Martinborough community the new centre and reimagined park - playground area will provide an integrated facility, a unique place, attractive and vibrant, and environmentally sustainable, with quality design.

Following a lengthy and extensive community consultation, the Warren and Mahoney architectural design was selected as the chosen option for the new extension to the original Town Hall.

As a result of generous private donations from the Martinborough community over $1.5 million has already been raised; more than 20% of the total projected cost.

A price of $5.332 million was approved for the project in January 2017 which includes a $200,000 contingency.

Waihinga Centre Outside Concept


Stage 1 

Stage One will strengthen the Martinborough Town Hall to bring it up to earthquake code.

The Town Hall will be refurbished and essential landscaping undertaken.

Rigges Zschokke a Wairarapa based commercial and residential construction company have been appointed as the contractors. Their outstanding projects include the Wharekahau Country Estate and the Masterton Hospital Redevelopment.  

David Borman,  whose work history includes building and project managing both commercial premises and high-end, national, award-winning homes, is overseeing the work as project manager.


Stage 2

The new playground - park space will be developed to create a valued local play space as well as a unique destination with improved indoor- outdoor elements for future outdoor events.

Stage 2 is still to be approved by Council.


Key Documents
Martinborough Town Hall Conservation Plan
Requirements for the Seismic Improvement of Martinborough Town Hall
Concept Plans
Feasibility Study
 - Feasibility Study Appendix
Waihinga Charitable Trust - Deed of Trust


Related Links
Martinborough Town Hall Consultation History

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South Wairarapa District Council