Hawera Memorial Theatre open for Business
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
After almost $200,000 of earthquake strengthening work the Hawera Memorial Theatre is again open for show business!
STDCs Properties and Facilities Manager, John Sargeant says he can’t wait to see the first performance in the newly strengthened auditorium, a Variety Concert being organised by the Hawera Memorial Theatre Friends Trust.
"I’m very excited", says Mr Sargeant. "The Memorial Theatre is considered to be one of the best in New Zealand for its 355 seats and boasts the largest stage in Taranaki backed up by excellent facilities and technical support."
"South Taranaki is fortunate to have such a facility at its disposal and now the strengthening work has been done, the theatre is assured of another fifty years of service to the community," he says.
The theatre was closed in April 2015 because it only met 23% of the New Building Standard (NBS), meaning it was classified as earthquake prone. Buildings that are assessed at 33% or below of the NBS are classified as Earthquake Prone by the Building Act.
Several other Council buildings were closed last year because they did not meet the NBS and the Council has budgeted $3 million over the next 5 years to manage these facilities.
Strengthening work on the Eltham and Manaia Town Halls is about to go out to tender and design work is still being undertaken with Heritage New Zealand for the work needed on Patea’s Hunter Shaw building. The Council is yet to decide of the future of the Hawera Memorial Hall.
To date the Council has assessed more than 30 of its buildings across the district and is currently assessing another 20 buildings identified as being potentially ‘at risk’ of not meeting new earthquake building standards.