Funding confirmed to repair and upgrade Memorial Hall

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Kaikōura District Council is ecstatic about that news that it has been granted $750,000 from Lotteries’ Environment and Heritage fund for repairs and upgrades to Memorial Hall. The hall suffered damage in the 2016 earthquake and requires approximately $1.5million worth of repairs and upgrades to meet code requirements and allow wider use by the community.

“It’s really exciting to receive this funding and we can’t wait to get stuck in and start the repairs to Memorial Hall,” Susi Haberstock, Kaikōura District Council Community Services Manager says. “The building has so much potential for so many users and we are delighted to be able to continue to provide this much loved space for our community activities.”

“The Memorial Hall requires a number of actions to make it safer, more useable and more comfortable for those who use it. The cost to repair and upgrade was really significant for our small community so to have a large chunk of that covered by Lotteries is very fortunate,” said Haberstock.

“This grant means that we will be able to provide the community with a safe and suitable venue and we are so grateful to Lotteries for helping us fix a building that has been part of the district for such a long time.”

Construction on the hall is expected to start in late April 2019 and will take up to six months to complete (to the end of October 2019). The main hall will be closed during this period. Other areas of the building should become available earlier.

Work will include:

  • Repairing minor earthquake damage cracks and doing deferred maintenance and a refresh through the whole building.
  • Making the main hall end walls stronger and improving connections between each end by adding full length bracing above ceiling level. This will require closing the main hall for up to six months.
  • Improving accessibility, throughout the building and outside, for wheelchair users and others. This includes doorways, ramps and rails.
  • Bringing the electrical and fire warning systems up to date. Better stage lighting is also being planned.
  • Replacing wall and ceiling linings to give better acoustics and allow for indoor sport.

For more information about the repairs or hall bookings during the time the hall will be closed, contact Council.

The Memorial Hall is part of Council’s Community Facilities Rebuild. The Community Facilities Rebuild covers Council managed community buildings, parks, reserves and facilities. This includes the Memorial Hall, Scout Hall, wharves and jetties, the tennis courts at Takahanga Domain and the districts public toilets.


Other highlights from the community facilities rebuild include:

Jimmy Armers replacement toilet block 1Work on the Jimmy Armers beach toilet and shower block has begun and it is expected to be completed by Christmas. 

Detailed design is due to be completed in December for the Cuddon (Op Shop) Building. Construction is set to start on this building in the second quarter of 2019. Council staff are working with the Op Shop to help them stay operational during the construction period.

Immediate make safe work is underway on the exits from the Scout Hall to make sure users can get out quickly if there is a fire. The Drama Club section of the building requires substantial work and is currently closed. Council are working with key community users and groups throughout the repair process to ensure that community voice is represented.

29 November 2018