Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Akaroa Gallery to reopen once earthquake repairs completed

Media statement – 4pm, 5 April 2013

Akaroa Gallery to reopen once earthquake repairs completed

The way has been cleared to save the historic Akaroa Gallery.

Resource and building consents have been granted and structural designs for the repair work are now complete. Richdale Builders Ltd is set to begin the work which is expected to take two months.

Built originally in 1911, the building, formally known as the Orion Powerhouse Gallery, is one of Akaroa’s rare brick buildings and is one of the oldest buildings in Orion’s ownership. It has a category 2 Historic Places Trust listing.

Now a museum of technology, an exhibition space and concert venue, the main part of the Gallery was originally constructed to house one of the earliest power generators in the South Island. A Pelton wheel – a water turbine used to generate hydro-electricity – was used until the 1950s. It was returned to the building about 10 years ago and, with the support of the local community, restored to working order.

Earthquake damage to the building has meant the Gallery hasn’t been used for the past two years. But that didn’t mean it had been abandoned.

“The wider Christchurch community has had to make some tough calls on the future of a number of historic buildings. We’ve worked closely with the Historic Places Trust to look at the options for the Gallery. We’re very pleased that we’ve been able to save the Akaroa Gallery,” said Orion CEO Rob Jamieson.

Mr Jamieson said that what makes this particularly significant is that the Gallery repair plans are similar to those Orion used back in the 1990s to reinforce many of its electricity substations against possible earthquake damage.

“Given the Gallery started its life as a power station it’s fitting that the structural repair plans are very similar to what we used in our seismic strengthening programme for buildings containing essential electrical equipment. We know that this previous work was the reason we were able to prevent serious damage to so many of our heritage substation buildings and importantly, to keep the lights on to our community.”

“This is great news for Akaroa,” says Steve Lowndes, chair of the Akaroa Civic Trust. "So many of Akaroa's public buildings have been closed for such a long time that to hear of Orion's commitment to getting the Powerhouse up and running again is a real tonic.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Transport Report: LGNZ Calls For Proactive Approach To Mobilise Regions

LGNZ has today released Mobilising the Regions, its major transport study, which highlights the economic and social impact of strategic transport decisions nationally and in the regions, and the direct link between regional development, national prosperity, social well-being and cohesiveness. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: New Rules Bring Double-Deckers To Our Cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. More>>

ALSO:

Cycling:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: New Figures Show Speculators Rampant

New figures released by the Reserve Bank show there’s been an explosion in mortgage lending with most of the growth going to property investors, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

False Official Information Response: English's Apology Accepted

Finance Minister Bill English is being thanked for his apology to New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters... Mr English says his staff and the Treasury have searched again, and they found the document that they denied having. More>>

ALSO:

Midwives On Pay Equity: Historic Bill Of Rights Case For High Court

“We have been left with no choice.” That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepares to file a pay parity discrimination case on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act in the High Court. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news