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

 

Hunter Shaw Building Closed for Assessment

22 August 2013

Hunter Shaw Building Closed for Assessment

The Hunter Shaw Building in Patea has been closed to the public while an engineer’s assessment is undertaken to determine whether the building could withstand a moderate earthquake.

This move comes after Plunket NZ, a regular user, asked Council for guarantees about the building’s structural integrity. At the same time cracks were found inside the building after the recent series of Seddon earthquakes.

South Taranaki District Council CEO Craig Stevenson says Wednesday’s Community Board meeting, usually held in the Hunter Shaw building, was moved to the District Museum across the road. Other bookings will not be made until the building has been assessed.

“Our priority is ensuring community and staff safety. After we found increased damage to Hunter Shaw in the wake of the recent Seddon earthquakes, we decided the responsible thing to do was close the building until a proper and thorough investigation has been done.”

Mr Stevenson says the extent of the damage will not be known until it has been assessed by a structural engineer.

“Once we have the full information, the Council can make an informed decision about the building’s future, but in the meantime we must ensure the safety of our staff, visitors, tenants and the building users,” he says.

Mr Stevenson says the Council recognises the historical significance of the Hunter Shaw building and has asked the engineer to look at all options for the buildings future.

The Hunter Shaw building is listed as a heritage building in the Council’s District Plan and is listed as a category 2 heritage item by Heritage New Zealand (previously known as the New Zealand Historic Places Trust).

Council hopes to have the engineers report with future options for the building completed in the next couple of months.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether We Should Be Betting Quite So Heavily On Astra Zeneca’s Covid Vaccine

According to this week’s Speech from the Throne, maintaining public safety during the pandemic will remain the government’s top priority. Next year will (hopefully) bring the rolling out of a free vaccination against Covid-19 to New Zealander. Currently, there are three possible vaccine contenders but the effectiveness of the vaccine will be only one of the factors determining which vaccine will pre-dominate. On the basis of the cost per dose, and the ease of manufacture, storage and distribution, the Astra Zeneca/Oxford University vaccine will almost certainly be the prime choice for New Zealand, at least initially... More>>

 

New Zealand Government: Speech From The Throne

It is my privilege to exercise the prerogative of Her Majesty the Queen and open the 53rd Parliament.
In the October election, New Zealanders elected a majority Government for the first time under our Mixed Member Proportional electoral system... More>>

Grant Robertson: Government To Review Housing Settings

New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission today released a report that recommends a new, comprehensive regime to control how DNA is obtained, used and retained for criminal investigations. The report has revealed significant gaps in the operation ... More>>

ALSO:


New Zealand Government: To Declare A Climate Emergency

The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today. “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every aspect of our lives and the type of planet our children will inherit ... More>>

ALSO:

Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>

ALSO:

Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels