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

 


Dunedin interim court contractor confirmed

Chester Borrows

21 JULY, 2014

Dunedin interim court contractor confirmed

Courts Minister Chester Borrows has welcomed the announcement of a South Island building company as the main contractor in the next stage of the Dunedin Court complex’s refurbishment.

Amalgamated Builders Construction Ltd will undertake the work on the 184 High St building that provides further courtrooms with support and custodial areas, in addition to the already operating jury court.

“The Dunedin courthouse is an icon of the city, and keeping court operations running while ensuring this building is safe and fit for purpose has presented the Ministry of Justice with huge challenges,” says Mr Borrows.

“I acknowledge that it hasn’t been an easy process for the legal community, which has faced some disruption since parts of the courthouse were closed in December 2011, when a seismic assessment raised concerns about the building’s safety.

“Once completed, this latest stage of work will mean that all District and High Court matters will be heard at 184 High St.”

The work programme for this latest $3.2 million stage of the interim facility will now be finalised and an expected date will be advised shortly.

Jury trials returned to the building last year, having being held in Invercargill since early 2012. The work programme will take that into account, ensuring there is minimal disruption inside the courtroom.

Until the High St work is completed the Family Court will continue to operate out of John Wickliffe House. Coronial inquests, Disputes Tribunal and District and Youth Courts continue at the Stuart St building.

“We remain committed to Dunedin and I want to acknowledge the support and patience shown by ministry staff, the judiciary, local government, lawyers, Police, Corrections staff and other court users over the past few years. Their efforts have ensured court services have kept running as well as they have,” says Mr Borrows.

Structural engineering design and geotechnical work are continuing at the Stuart St courthouse.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news