Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Colonial courthouse brought into modern age

Refurbishment brings colonial courthouse into modern age

Dargaville's historic Courthouse was officially re-opened today by Courts Minister Rick Barker, following a $827,000 refurbishment and extensions which he said would bring the community's judicial needs into the modern age.

"The Dargaville Courthouse was built in 1877, making it the third oldest in the country. Its refurbishment meets the government's aim to improve the delivery of public services to small and rural communities.

"The Courthouse has been inadequate for many years and its refurbishment has allowed almost a doubling in size of the building."

The refurbishment also provides: large waiting area with comfortable seating and modern public toilets; public counter designed to allow private discussion; state of the art security system; secure cell area with a secure sallyport for the transfer of prisoners; interview rooms for lawyers and clients; secure witness and interview rooms; administration block and a climate control system.

Facilities at the refurbished courthouse will allow a full range of hearings to be held at Dargaville, including Family and Civil, Criminal Summary, Youth and Preliminary Hearings.

Only those hearings identified as a posing a serious security risk, and jury trials, will be held in Whangarei.

"The refurbishment provides for a more comfortable and secure environment for the delivery of judicial services to the community. This is a facility that all stakeholders can truly be proud of," Mr Barker said.

The refurbishment was undertaken between April and October 2003 and during the major construction period court sittings were transferred to Whangarei.

First hearings in the refurbished courthouse will commence tomorrow.

The building contractor was JD & Dl Hastings & Co of Dargaville and the architect was Paris Magdolinos of Napier.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Perils Of Using PPPs To Meet Auckland’s Roading Needs

More than once, the coalition government has ruled out using public private partnerships (PPPs) to fund the country’s infrastructure needs in health and education – apparently private profiteering in those areas is recognised as being undesirable. Not the same story though with transport, and the reasons for that differential treatment are mystifying. Earlier today, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced that one of two new roads that the government would be co-financing would be a PPP – namely, the Penlink project that will link the northern motorway to the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

More>>

 
 

HiveMind: Fair Enough? How Should New Zealanders Be Taxed?

Have Your Say - Scoop and PEP invite you to share your issues, ideas and perspectives on the NZ tax system with other New Zealanders using Scoop’s HiveMind tool. This Tax HiveMind is intended to complement and feed into the review being run by the Government-appointed Tax Working Group (TWG), which is looking at the fairness, balance and structure of the tax system with a 10-year time horizon. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Thompson + Clark & Russia’s World Cup

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The GCSB’s Security Hang-Up With Russia

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Europe Trip: CHOGM & Bilateral Meetings

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in Europe for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and meetings with counterparts in Paris and Berlin. More>>

ALSO:


Addressing Climate Change: No New Offshore Exploration Permits

The Coalition Government is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Road Safety Summit: Actions To Improve Identified

The Local Government Road Safety Summit held last week identified actions that will lead to lasting changes to road safety in New Zealand, says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages