Council report says restore Leys Institute in Ponsonby

Excellent news for the Leys Institute from the September Waitemata Local Board meeting!

The Local Board has accepted the report, and now a full detailed business case will be developed with repair works scheduled to commence in 2023/24.

Friends of Leys Institute co-ordinator Helen Geary addressed the Local Board, congratulating them on their strong support and advocacy for the buildings. Attention was drawn to the community concern about maintenance of the mothballed buildings, demonstrated by the recent guerrilla gardening by local residents and signs that have been attached to the fence surrounding the Leys calling for its restoration.

The full council report can be seen here on pages 23-42 of the Local Board meeting agenda:

It talks about the heritage significance of the buildings and their sustainability, the increasing need for library services in the area, and highlights how much the local community values the Leys Institute.

Friends of Leys Institute will keep members posted on the next steps towards returning to our treasured buildings.

Anyone interested in becoming a member can email co-ordinator Helen Geary at and follow the Friends of Leys Institute Facebook page.

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