Community Facilities Rebuild
Council looks after a number of buildings/facilities that were damaged in the 2016 earthquake. We are working with the community to ensure that these facilities are weathertight and safe to use. Click each facility below to see what work it requires.
Memorial Hall is situated at 32 Esplanade, Kaikōura.
The facility was damaged in the earthquake and requires a number of actions to make it safer, work better and be more comfortable for it's users.
Estimated costs to repair and upgrade are approximately $1.1million and Council has gratefully received a $750,000 grant towards construction costs from Lotteries’ Environment and Heritage fund. This will help offset an overall community facilities earthquake insurance shortfall.
Whyte Construction Ltd began work on the Memorial Hall on the 6 May 2019. It is expected the hall will remain closed for repair until September 2019. The super room repairs are expected to be completed earlier and will re-open once finished.
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.
The Scout Hall was damaged in the 2016 earthquake and work is underway to figure out exactly what needs doing to make it weather tight and safe.
Council continues to work with key community users and groups.
We have Council staff working on understanding exactly what work needs to be done to ensure the Scout Hall is safe for all users. Once this information is available we will be able to create a plan.
Council staff recently met with some key community leaders in regards to the Scout Hall project. If you would like to be involved, please email email@example.com
The Cuddon Building is located at 25 Beach Road, Kaikōura.
The building requires waterproofing, structural upgrading and refurbishing work to make the building safer.
The proximate cost to fix is $400,000. Council allocated a budget of $275,000 in the 3 Year Plan 2018-2021 for this work, which comes from Council’s material damage insurance settlement.
Work is scheduled to begin in May 2019 and expected to completed by October 2019.
Council are working with the OpShop to help them stay operational during construction.
Total cost to repair public toilets are estimated at $276,000.
The old toilet and shower block at Jimmy Armers beach was badly damaged in the earthquake. A replacement block was placed on site November 2018 and is now open to the public.
The West End toilets are about to be upgraded to help with the flushing issues that we face when large numbers of people use the facility at once.
Council is working with the Rūnanga, Sport and Recreation Recovery Leadership Team (SRRLT) and community users to establish options and funding for completing earthquake repairs in 2019 to Takahanga's lower tennis courts.
The plan is to raise the two lower courts to the same level as the two upper courts and investigate conversion to a multi-use court/area.
The cost to fix and a timeline is unknown and will depend on the final design. External funding, fundraising and/or in-kind work from the community will be central to any work.
The existing swimming pool in Kaikōura on the Esplanade was closed in 2016 after it was damaged by the earthquake.
Kaikōura is running a community led project to build a new indoor community pool over the next 4 years. By September 2019, a community based charitable trust will be formed to lead the project, a final site will be chosen, a fundraising strategy will be in place and the community hopes to have raised around $1.5 million in funding, grants and in kind sponsorship.
Find out more about the Swimming Pool Rebuild here.
Approximately a metre of coastal uplift happened during the 2016 earthquake which meant that the South Bay marina required extensive repairs and the harbour basin had to be dug out to restore pre-quake clearances under boats.
The marina was a massive project that required funding and collaboration between central government/NCTIR, Whale Watch, Encounter Kaikōura and Council. It was opened 14 November 2017.
The majority of the repair work to our wharves and jetties have now been completed.
Read more about the work to the marina here:
- New marina marks new start for Kaikōura New Zealand - Tourism NZ
- Kaikōura harbour rebuilt in half the time as businesses make it happen - Stuff
- Marina opening end to Herculean task but still work to do – Stuff
Find out more about Kaikōura's Harbour Facilities here.
The airport terminal building and hangar were damaged in the 2016 earthquake.
Further safety and operational upgrades are required including runways and aprons. This will be loan funded and charged back to users.
It is expected to cost $150,000 and is currently underway with a completion date of June 2019
Find out more about Kaikōura Airport here.
26 August 2019
The Kaikōura community will be able to play, meet and shop, in buildings that are better than ever once the significant renovations to Kaikōura’s Memorial Hall and Cuddon buildings are completed in a few weeks’ time.
Community facilities engineer Bruce Apperley said that after these much loved aging community buildings were damaged in the 2016 earthquake, Council and the community have taken the opportunity to rebuild them to a ‘better than ever’ standard, working together to restore, reshape and improve their future.
“Both buildings are more than just buildings to our community. The Memorial Hall is iconic for its history and origins as a memorial to those from Kaikōura who gave their lives in various conflicts. It’s also the hub of everything from school shows to Trash Fashion, Lip Sync, weddings, parties, meetings and concerts. The Cuddon building is home to the community Op Shop. This thriving community enterprise has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for community projects since 2016 alone,” Mr Apperley said.
The total cost of the works on both buildings is expected to be just under $2.1M. $750,000 of that is being funded by the Department of Internal Affairs from their Environment and Heritage fund. The balance, that is being funded from insurance settlements and other sources, includes a generous contribution of $40,000 from the Op Shop towards re-roofing the Cuddon building.
The Memorial Hall is on track to reopen in time for the annual Hop after party event next month. “The main hall has been transformed with new wiring, heating and lighting, improvements to acoustics and stronger openable windows. Sturdier materials have been used to make the hall ready for whatever we throw at it over the next few decades” said Mr Apperley. “The whole building has also been brought up to meet fire regulations, had its insulation improved and has been repainted inside and out. One of the things we can all be proud of is the new glass balustrade on the upstairs meeting room – I think it’ll end up being one of the best and most popular meeting rooms in Kaikōura!”
“In the main hall a new acoustic tile ceiling surface will help with sound quality for everything from small meetings to full stage shows. Most of the electrics have been replaced, including new switch boards, infrared heaters and dimmable LED lights. The old stage lighting is being replaced with LED lights and a new control desk. The sound system that was funded from government grants soon after the earthquake is being permanently installed under and above the stage.”
“The hall windows have new frames, impact resistant glass and electric winders, giving natural ventilation again after many years of being seized up. Structural steel earthquake bracing and plywood sheet bracing in key areas means that the building will be safe and ready for the community to gather in if we have another large earthquake or other disaster. “
The Cuddon building, commonly known as the Op Shop, is being strengthened and opened up internally to make the building safer and give the Op Shop more space. Council has worked with the Op Shop trust throughout, including splitting construction into two halves to allow the Op Shop to move and keep trading while the contractors keep working.
“The Op Shop is a pillar of the community: all staff are volunteers and the shop is a place for people to come together, share news and connect. The refurbishment will provide an updated, bigger space for these community heroes to operate from and provide the shop with certainty about being able to trade for many years to come,” said Apperley.
The work on both buildings was awarded as a joint contract, enabling better value for money and allowing the construction company to share labour and expertise across sites.
Discussing recent coverage of the costs of the projects, Mr Apperley noted “as is often the case with old buildings, the repair and upgrade process also uncovered some deferred maintenance, earlier repairs that needed redoing and other unplanned issues. At the end of the day, we can be really proud of these projects –we secured a huge amount of external funding and this work will provide the community with safe, warm, dry and fit-for-purpose facilities for decades to come.”
Bookings for Memorial Hall as far in advance as June 2021 are already being taken and plans are underway for a local ‘re-opening’ event.
Thanks to Kaikōura Museum for providing this information.
23 May 2019
DRAFT Annual Plan 2019/2020
Essential projects for 2019/2020 will be the Memorial Hall, Scout Hall and Cuddon Building as well as ongoing toilet improvements and essential 'make safe' work in a number of spots. Between them, these areas cover youth, community, charity and basic needs.
Next on the list are our parks and reserves, outdoor tennis courts and old Council building. Between them, these next three facilities extend our communities' access to sport and recreation and could provide a space for community focused work.
There’s also several things we want to look at in future years such as improving the skate park and creating a dog park. While Council would like to investigate these ideas, we won’t have the time, people or budget to take the lead until after 2021. In the meantime, community members are welcome to
talk to us about how to get ideas like these started.
Keep reading to find out our plan for community facilities over the next year.
Council looks after a number of buildings/facilities that were damaged in the 2016 earthquake. Work is ongoing with the community to ensure that these facilities are weather tight and safe to use. This page contains the latest available information about the repair/rebuild of Council managed community facilities.
Our plan: The Memorial Hall will be repaired, upgraded to meet requirements and improved to allow use by a wider variety of groups. The main hall will be made stronger and connections between the ends improved. Accessibility will be improved for wheelchair users and others, electrical and fire warning systems will be updated and better stage lighting in planned. Linings will be replaced to give better acoustics and allow for more variety of uses.
Cost to fix: $750,000 in 2019/2020, $1.1M in total
Timeline: Hall closed in May-October 2019. Supper Room closed May-July 2019
Our plan: Better maintain existing parks and reserves. Reserves management plans drafted, consulted on and finalised.
Cost to fix: $25,000
Timeline: Significant process by June 2020
Our plan: Finish the West End upgrade and minor fixes elsewhere
Cost to fix: $20,000
Timeline: Completed by late 2019
Harbour, wharves and jetties
Our plan: Lease Council land and buildings at Wakatu Quay, $270,000 of potential loan funding has been allowed for incase buildings need to be demolished to assist with lease. Carry out 'make safe' works on other wharf and jetty structures
Cost to fix: $100,000
Timeline: Urgent work in 2019/2020, less urgent in 2020/2021
Takahanga Domain courts
Our plan: Raise the two lower courts to the same level as the two upper courts and investigate conversion to a multi-use court/area. The area is culturally significant and Council will continue to work with the Rūnanga to develop a way forward. External funding, fundraising and/or in-kind work from the community will be central to any work
Cost to fix: Unknown (estimate $100,000) - will depend on final design
Timeline: Unknown - will depend on final design
Walkways and cycleways
Our plan: Maintain existing tracks. Investigate options around a cycleway from West End to Point Kean
Cost to fix: $40,000 (Reserves Development Fund)
Timeline: By June 2020
Our plan: Strengthening and refurbishing work to make the building safer and give the Op Shop more space.
Cost to fix: Approx. $400,000
Timeline: May-October 2019
Old Council Building
Our plan: Investigate potential use by community groups and social agencies
Cost to fix: Unknown - will depend on what physical work is needed to make the building safe and appropriate to use
Our plan: Council will fund work to make the southern half of this building safe to use. Council will work with hall users to seek external funding to repair floor damage, make the building weatherproof, and allow use of the northern half.
Cost to fix: $20,000 (Earthquake Recovery Fund)
Timeline: 'make safe' work by June 2019
Our plan: Further safety and operational upgrades including runways and aprons. This will be loan funded and charged back to users.
Cost to fix: $150,000
Timeline: Underway, completed by June 2019
Council is partnering with the community to work towards a new indoor pool. Council will donate the land, $1 million in capital funding and contribute up to $250, 000 per year to the operating costs.
A community Charitable Trust is being formed to lead this project and the fundraising.
17 May 2019
Council will fund work to make the southern half of this building safe to use. Council will work with hall users to seek external funding to repair floor damage, make the building weatherproof and allow use of the northern half. This work is estimated to cost $225k. KDC has set aside $20k from the Earthquake Recovery Fund (zero from rates). The remaining $205k will require external funding. Council will be applying for funding, any extra fundraising or work by the community would be fantastic and we are happy to work with anyone who has ideas.
In the meantime, there is also a GiveALittle fundraising page to raise money for the fixing of the Scout Hall.
25 July 2018
Thanks to the passionate community feedback on the 3 Year Plan, the Scout Hall will not be closed and $20,000 from the Earthquake Recovery Fund has been allocated to help fund the much needed building work. 'Must dos' include work to make the hall weatherproof and safe.
Council is aware that there is much more that could be done to improve the hall on top of the 'must dos'. Although we can’t afford to completely refurbish the hall, we are committed to helping the community find ways to make sure they can keep using this facility into the future and to ensure that their voices are heard beyond the 3 Year Plan.
19 December 2017
Repairing or replacing the majority of our community facilities including the swimming pool, skate park, tennis courts, Memorial Hall, the old council building, housing for the elderly, airport and hangar, the harbour, and toilet blocks across the District.
The image displayed shoes some community facilities (yellow) in the township area.
The table below shows the current plans for some of our key projects.
As well as the work mentioned above we have:
- Closed the Old Fyffe wharf end
- Just under $1,000,000 committed to minor repairs for community facilities (complete by June 2018)
- $300,000 committed to assessment, planning and design work for community facilities
- $150,000 committed to improve safety at the Wakatu New Wharf
- Temporary repairs to the skate park and tennis courts
- Demolition of Jimmy Armers toilets and replacement with temporary facilities (including a shower)
- $20,000 of staff time committed to working with Sport Tasman to identify a site and look at fundraising and affordability options for the new pool.
- Undertaken detailed assessments on all Council owned facilities to understand the extent of the damage and to help inform our discussions with insurers
- Begun developing a community facilities plan to prioritise the rebuild
- Repaired Memorial Hall external lighting and heating.
23 May 2019