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


New Court Building For Hastings

New Court Building For Hastings

Courts Minister Rick Barker announced today that an adjoining site has been purchased to allow for the development of a new court building for Hastings.

"This new site has enabled a concept courthouse design of approximately 3300m2 to be developed on a combined area of clear land with no impacts on existing operations," said Rick Barker.

"This will be a much bigger and better courthouse for Hastings than the existing courthouse which is approximately 1100m2.

"The current courthouse no longer meets needs of the Hastings region. Recognising this, the Government has invested substantial funds to design and build a new courthouse to meet all future operational and security requirements for the Hastings region.

"The draft concept plans include a light and spacious modern courthouse with a number of courtrooms," said Rick Barker

Draft plans for the new courthouse include; a List Court, a Family Court, a Multi-Use Court, a 150m2 Jury Capable Court, a Mediation Room and a Hearing Room. As well as five Judges Chambers and one Justice of the Peace space, the new courthouse will have dedicated Coroner space.

"The new courthouse has been designed to meet the needs of the community now and in the future. It will be modern and have significantly more space than is currently provided in the Hastings Courthouse. It will have advanced security systems and will be capable of supporting the latest technology including video conferencing and evidence recording services. Where possible, Environmentally Sustainable Design practices have been incorporated into the concept for the courthouse.

"The Ministry of Justice is currently in consultation with stakeholders and key users of the Court over the draft plans. Subject to stakeholder agreement and Resource Consent, we expect to start the construction process by the second half of 2007 with an anticipated completion date of late 2008.

"The large investment in this new building is part of the Labour led Government's commitment to provide suitable court buildings that promote access to justice," said Rick Barker.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On How America’s Middle East Allies Are Poisoning The Ground Joe Biden Will Inherit

As even the US mainstream media has been reporting, the prime motive for the murder of Iran’s top nuclear scientist Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh (by Israeli or Saudi operatives, or both) has been to poison the situation that the next US president will inherit. At best, there was only an outside chance that the incoming Biden administration and the outgoing liberal regime of Iranian PM Hassan Rouhani could have revived the Iran anti-nuclear deal that Rouhani had negotiated in 2015 with Barack Obama. Deliberately though, America’s allies have now made it impossible for Biden to pursue that option... More>>


Pill Testing: Govt Moves On Drug Checking To Keep Young New Zealanders Safer This Summer

The Government will pass time limited legislation to give legal certainty to drug checking services, so they can carry out their work to keep New Zealanders safer this summer at festivals without fear of prosecution, Health Minister Andrew Little ... More>>


WorkSafe: 13 Parties Charged Over Whakaari/White Island Tragedy

WorkSafe New Zealand today filed charges against 13 parties in relation to the Whakaari/White Island eruption in December last year. “22 people have lost their lives in this tragic event. WorkSafe is tasked with investigating workplace incidents to determine ... More>>


Pay Gap: Progress On Pay Equity For DHB Staff

Today’s initial agreement between DHBs and the PSA on pay equity for clerical and administration staff is an important step toward better, fairer pay for this crucial and largely female workforce, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>


Media: Stuff Holds Itself Accountable For Wrongs To Māori

Stuff has today published the results of an investigation into itself, and issued a public apology, for the way the media organisation has portrayed Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, from its first editions to now. Tā Mātou Pono | More>>


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>>


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>>





InfoPages News Channels