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. You can read more about the grant here.
Whyte Construction Ltd began work on the Memorial Hall on the 6 May 2019. It is expected the hall will remain closed for repair October 2019. The super room repairs are expected to be completed earlier and will it is expected to reopen in July 2019.
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.
17 May 2019 update
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
25 July 2018: Scout Hall allocated $20,000 in 3 Year Plan 2018-2021
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.
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.
What work needs doing?
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.
19 December 2017
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.
29 November 2018