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

Greens: Russel Norman To Stand Down As Co-Leader

Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party’s Annual General Meeting in May. Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM.

“After nearly a decade as Co-leader, now is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family” said Dr Norman.

“This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change. Now is a good time for new leadership for the Party. My replacement will start from a strengthened base and will have a full parliamentary term to establish himself in the role and take the Greens into government in 2017." More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news