Mu­seum ‘mul­ti­ples of mil­lions’

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Mul­ti­ples of ten mil­lion. That’s the ball­park fig­ure for fix­ing Ro­torua Mu­seum, re­vealed af­ter coun­cil­lors were pre­sented with four op­tions to get the her­itage build­ing back on its feet again.

Coun­cil chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Thomas Colle said that he ex­pected cost­ings on the op­tions within three months, but warned the bill would run into ‘‘mul­ti­ples of ten mil­lion’’.

He said op­tion one would see the de­mo­li­tion of the orig­i­nal bath­house and a full re­build.

‘‘[It’s] By far the most ex­pen­sive op­tion, but would pro­vide the most long term ben­e­fit,’’ Colle said.

‘‘The fact you are de­mol­ish­ing the last her­itage part of the build­ing might not be palat­able to the com­mu­nity.’’

Op­tion two would in­volve a re­place­ment, lighter roof, re­plac­ing de­cayed tim­ber through­out the build­ing and re­plac­ing con­crete walls with steel frame.

Op­tion three would leave the roof in place and see steel frame struc­ture in­stalled.

Op­tion four - the pre­ferred op­tion - would see the roof re­placed, steel frame in­stalled within the un­re­in­forced con­crete gable and end walls, up­grad­ing of se­lected brac­ing walls and in­stal­la­tion of a new sub-floor and other strength­en­ing work.

Colle said op­tions two and three would leave some is­sues un­re­solved, but be the cheap­est op­tions. Op­tion one would be the most ex­pen­sive, and the pre­ferred op­tion four some­where in the mid­dle.

Colle said that in­sur­ance was ‘‘still on hold’’ as re­pair costs need to be fi­nalised.

Ro­torua Mayor Steve Chad­wick said that a fifth op­tion should be sug­gested - do­ing noth­ing.

‘‘The base as­sump­tion is we’re go­ing to fix it, which I think coun­cil­lors’ agree with, but we haven’t got any costs.’’

Chad­wick said pre­sent­ing a ‘do noth­ing’ op­tion would also be help­ful in gaug­ing com­mu­nity sup­port for any restora­tion work.

Colle said the next steps would see the pub­lic con­sulted once the op­tions had been de­vel­oped and costed be­fore a con­cept de­sign was fi­nalised for the pre­ferred op­tion.

The mu­seum closed its doors in Novem­ber af­ter a ma­jor earthquake near Kaik­oura re­vealed cracks in the struc­ture, los­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands in tourism rev­enue.

Five men ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the deaths of Ray­mond and James Fleet have ap­peared at Ro­torua Dis­trict Court.

Zen Pule­moana, 26, Mikaera James Hura, 21 and Martin Hone, 34, all face two charges of mur­der as well as a raft of metham­phetamine-re­lated charges.

Richard Tuwhakako­rongo Te Raroa Te Kani, 29, also ap­peared charged with man­slaugh­ter, ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact of mur­der, man­u­fac­ture of metham­phetamine and threat­en­ing to kill.

A fifth man linked to the case ap­peared at Whakata¯ne Dis­trict Court on charges of man­u­fac­tur­ing metham­phetamine and al­low­ing a prop­erty to be used for the man­u­fac­ture of metham­phetamine.

In to­tal the five ac­cused face 22 charges.

Pule­moana is charged with two counts of mur­der and man­u­fac­ture of metham­phetamine.

Hura faces two counts of mur­der, pos­ses­sion of ma­te­rial and equip­ment for the man­u­fac­ture of metham­phetamine and man­u­fac­ture of metham­phetamine.

Hone faces two charges of mur­der, one charge of man­u­fac­tur­ing metham­phetamine and two charges of threat­en­ing to kill.

Te Kani is charged with two counts of man­slaugh­ter, metham­phetamine and ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact of­fences.

‘‘The base as­sump­tion is we're go­ing to fix it’’

BENN BATH­GATE/STUFF

Four op­tions have been pro­posed to fix Ro­torua Mu­seum (file).

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