Wellington City Council votes against privatising central library

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Wellington City Council has reversed its previous proposal to partially privatise the central library.

Wellington Central Library

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The decision to investigate selling off the office space above the library was made in a meeting a fortnight ago.

It was seen as a way to cut costs, by splitting the $180 million cost of strengthening the building with a private company.

But the council faced a huge backlash, and was accused of short-sightedness, with calls to keep the entire building in public ownership.

In another meeting today, councillor Fleur Fitzsimons tabled an amendment to remove the proposal completely.

The council approved the motion by nine votes to six.


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