“Ōamaru courthouse to reopen after years of facing closure” RNZ Online News

"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. ...



“Celebrate Suffrage 125 with Heritage New Zealand” HNZ Media Release




September 3


Celebrate Suffrage 125 with Heritage New Zealand

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff across the country are involved in a number of events to commemorate and promote Suffrage 125 this month and beyond.

A particular highlight will be a series of suffrage themed community art workshops at six heritage properties in Auckland (Alberton, Sept 22); Christchurch (Ferrymead Heritage Park, Oct 14); Wellington (Old Government Building, Oct 29); Dunedin (Otago Pioneer Women’s Memorial Hall, Nov 3); Oamaru (Totara Estate, Nov 10) and in Northland (Clendon House, Rawene, Nov 24). (more…)