Museum ‘multiples of millions’
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’’
Four options have been proposed to fix Rotorua Museum (file).