Four Government agencies moving into modern Dawson House development
Moving four government agencies into one brand new building in central New Plymouth will make life easier for staff and members of the public, it has been claimed.
The former Kibbys metal pressing factory site at the corner of Devon St West and Dawson St has been rebuilt as Dawson House, which is leased by the government.
The Ministry of Social Development (MSD), the Ministry of Vulnerable Children - Oranga Tamariki (MoVC), Housing New Zealand, and the Ministry of Education (MoE) are now moving in, with doors opening to the public at 1pm on Monday, August 14.
Bev Markham, MoVC Taranaki regional manager, said having the four different departments in one location would make it easier for people to access services faster.
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"Also staff can work together in one place instead of making phone calls. It's wonderful, both for the public and for staff," she said.
The MoE, MoVC and MSD are moving from Gill St, which the three agencies have occupied for 26 years.
Gloria Campbell, MSD regional commissioner for social development, said the New Plymouth MSD service centre and the Ministry's regional office for Taranaki-King Country-Whanganui would be located at the new site.
"As part of the move, we are taking the opportunity to make changes to the look and layout of our office, which clients and visitors can access on the ground floor of Dawson House," she said in an emailed response.
"We have trialled a range of design ideas at other sites around the country, with key considerations being enhancing security, simplifying our service, and making sure the new layout suits our new way of working."
After nine years of occupancy, Housing NZ is shifting from 315 Devon St East.
Taranaki area manager Raewyn Vooght said the shared premises will "enable us to do more".
"Being in the same building as our MSD colleagues and working closely together will enhance the services we provide to our tenants, which include housing solutions and wrap around support services," she said in an emailed response.
"We have 10 work stations in our new space and the building is well-located and made for easy access."
While MoE does not shift into the new site until mid-September, Rae Karipa, acting director of education for Taranaki, said staff were busy packing belongings and files.
"We're looking forward to working more closely with other government agencies for the occasions we need to do that," he said in an emailed response.
He said the new space offered an open plan so staff could more easily work together on projects.
The Kibbys building was demolished last year and Jackson Architects worked to replace the site with the multi-million dollar two-storey office block.
Though the new build extends between Devon St West and King St, a vintage lighting shop will remain on the corner.
The project was due to be completed in June, but site owner Marsh Kibby said opening on Monday would be within the developer's timeline, though one of the carparks was behind schedule by "a couple of weeks".
Kibby said parking would be a mix of private and public and distribution would be up to the lease-holder.