Council Increases Contribution to Hunter Shaw Building

Council Increases Contribution to Hunter Shaw Building

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

At Monday night’s regular Council meeting, South Taranaki District Councillors agreed to commit up to $500,000 to earthquake strengthen Patea’s Hunter Shaw Building.

The 1930s Building was closed after it was found to be earthquake prone.

In 2015 the council agreed to get the building up to 67 per cent of the New Building Standard at an estimated cost of $350,000; however, a more detailed engineers report has identified that total costs to design, strengthen and refurbish the building will cost around $950,000.

South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dunlop acknowledged the building was part of the unique streetscape of Pātea, but was concerned at the price tag.

“We are all supportive of preserving this building, but we would like to see if we can get the costs down further,” says Mayor Dunlop.

“We will also need some help to get this over the line and the remaining funds will be sought from external sources such as NZ Lotteries Community Facilities Fund,” he says.

Funds for the Council’s contribution to the strengthening will come from the Council’s Earthquake Prone Buildings' budget.