"Ōamaru courthouse to reopen after years of facing closure" RNZ News Online.
"The 135-year-old courthouse was closed in December 2011 after being deemed earthquake-prone.
The future of the courthouse looked dire when a government engineering report found strengthening could cost upwards of $4 million. ...
" ... Initially the figure of $4m-6m was going to make it very difficult to retain the court. Under those numbers, it was probably going to be a case of 'Well, we'll just shut it down.' "
But instead of feeling defeated, Mr (Bill) Dean did his own research - employing an engineer to assess the courthouse then asking for a price on the proposed repairs.
The cost was closer to $350,000 - and the assessment found the building was unlikely to collapse in an earthquake and did not need to be closed in the first place.
But Mr Dean said it took several years for the paperwork to be accepted and remedial work to be completed. ...
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