Book It Online

Bookings for community facilities are going online! A pilot programme of the District’s three main facilities is now live which allow customers to view, reserve, and pay for bookings online. The three main facilities included are Rangiora Town Hall, Oxford Town Hall and Woodend Community Centre.

Customers can quickly view availability in a calendar layout and secure a booking with a credit card payment after creating an account. Registered customers are able to manage, edit, and/or cancel bookings all through their online account. The new system’s powerful administration tools also gives customers the ability to edit and manage multiple booking dates; this is suitable for sporting groups, clubs, or other community groups with reoccurring bookings.

Eventually the new booking system will include all bookable Halls, Pavilions and Reserves. The pilot programme currently only features the most in-demand venues to help establish and transition customers to the new online platform.

“We understand customers have specific and individualised needs, especially considering our three main facilities and amenities they offer,” said Simon Kong, Community Facilities Coordinator, when explaining why the system is being launched with only three bookable venues. “Running a pilot programme featuring our most complex venues first will allow us to ensure the system is capable of handling all our booking needs in an effort to provide real value to our customers,” he added.

The goal of the robust system is to give customers not only the information they need about bookable venues and facilities, but at the same time, capture their unique requirements. Council staff will work with customers during the pilot programme to ensure that the new booking system is meeting the needs of customers as expected before they expand the system to include all bookable venues at a later date.

If having the ability to now check availability, book, and pay for rooms and/or venues online wasn’t enough, customers will also appreciate the extensive collection of beautiful high resolution images and virtual tour features available for each venue listed on the online booking system. These photos are current and will give interested customers a good visual sense of the many features and amenities available for each venue and/or space.

All the traditional methods for booking and paying for venues and/or facilities are also still available. Customers can visit any Service Centre to arrange bookings over-the-counter or just book over the phone by calling 0800 965 468 (0800WMKGOV).

To learn more about the new booking system, or to register for a new account and start managing your bookings, visit waimakariri.govt.nz/bookings.

Contact: Simon Kong

Phone: 0800 965 468 (0800WMKGOV)

Email: simon.kong@wmk.govt.nz