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

 


Work to begin restoring Gisborne’s Cenotaph

Media Release

Work to begin restoring Gisborne’s Cenotaph

Work to restore Gisborne’s historic Cenotaph will begin next Monday following months of investigations and consultation with experts.

The restoration, expected to take about ten months, will see the Cenotaph repaired and restored in time for the Anzac Day Centenary commemorations in 2015.

The $725,000 physical works contract has been awarded to Gisborne’s Currie Construction after a tender process and negotiations regarding methodology. Currie Construction have partnered with specialist stone masons AB Conservation who will undertake the masonry work. The total cost of the restoration project is expected to be just under $1 million.

David Wilson Gisborne District Council projects and development manager says work will begin on Monday morning following a blessing on the site at 8am.

“The Cenotaph was damaged and the upper shaft rotated in the December 2007 earthquake just over six years ago. The first job is to remove the lions and steps, which will be restored off site. At the end of the month, pile-testing work will begin utilising the equipment from the War Memorial Theatre project. On-site work will then slow as some components are fabricated off site ready for their installation.”

‘There is a lot involved in this restoration. New piles will be made, the core of the cenotaph prepared, and a new internal steel support structure made. We will then start excavating and installing the new piles, foundations and the steel core. At that stage we can shift the top of the shaft back into position.”

“The final job will be to reinstate the soldier which was removed in mid-2013 and later put on public display at Marina Park. If you have not been down to have a close up look at the detail of the soldier you should do so now while he is still on temporary display.”

The work is funded through a $617,000 grant from the Lottery Grants Board and through the Council’s insurance for damage sustained through the quake.

Working alongside Architects 44 and Currie Construction in the project team are structural engineers Spencer Holmes, conservation engineer Salmond Reed Architects, geotechnical engineer McManus Consulting and NZ Historic Places Trust heritage adviser, Robin Byron.

All are welcome to attend the 8am blessing at the Cenotaph 8am on Monday 20 January.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Half Empty: Dairy Prices Drop To Lowest Since August 2009

Dairy product prices fell to the lowest level in more than five years in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, led by declines in butter milk powder and whole milk powder.

”Stocks of dairy commodities are building across the globe due to Russia’s current ban on importing dairy products from many Western nations, and a lack of urgency from Chinese buyers, while at the same time global milk supplies are expanding,” AgriHQ dairy analyst Susan Kilsby said in a note. More>>

 

Slippage: NZ Universities Still In Top 3% Globally

This year the University of Auckland ranked 175 (down from 164 last year); the University of Otago ranked 251-275th (down from 226-250), both Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Canterbury held their ranks (at 276-300thand 301-350 respectively), while the University of Waikato dropped from 301-350 to 351-400. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Last Rites For The TPP

The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is one of those litmus issues that has always had more to do with one’s place on the political spectrum than with any imminent reality... For the TPP’s friends and foes alike though, the end now seems nigh. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Farcical Elevation Of David Seymour

With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

As Key Mulls Joining ISIS Fighting: McCully Speech To UN Backs Security Council Bid

It is an honour to address you today on behalf of the Prime Minister and Government of New Zealand. Our General Election took place last week - our Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key is engaged in forming a government and that is why he is unable to be here in New York... More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cunliffe Triggers Party Wide Leadership Contest

David Cunliffe has resigned as Labour Leader, but says he will seek re-election... If there is any contest the election will have to go through a process involving the party membership and union affiliates. More>>

ALSO:

Flyover Appeal: Progress And Certainty, Or Confusion And More Delays?

Lindsay Shelton: The Transport Agency, embarrassed by the rejection of its flyover alongside the Basin Reserve, says it’s appealing because the decision could “constrain progress.” Yet for most clear-sighted Wellingtonians a 300-metre-long concrete structure above Kent and Cambridge Terraces would in no way be seen as progress… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Cunliffe’s Last Stand

Right now, embattled Labour leader David Cunliffe has three options. None of them are particularly attractive for him personally, or for the Labour Party... More>>

ALSO:

Key Seeking 'New Ideas': Look To Children’s Commissioner On Poverty - Greens

John Key should not reinvent the wheel when it comes to ideas for tackling child poverty, and instead look to the recommendations of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Group on Child Poverty, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news