Fire-dam­aged pavil­ion to be re­paired

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BAY­LEY MOOR

Nearly 14 months af­ter a fire dam­aged the Kerik­eri Do­main Pavil­ion, the Far North District Coun­cil has de­cided to re­build it.

In a June re­port by the coun­cil’s in­fra­struc­ture plan­ning man­ager, it was rec­om­mended that the pavil­ion be de­mol­ished, how­ever it was de­cided at the Au­gust coun­cil meet­ing that the build­ing will be re­paired.

Coun­cil­lor Dave Hook­way says this has been a pop­u­lar de­ci­sion and was pleased that Mayor John Carter stepped in to as­sist his calls for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion af­ter a res­o­lu­tion was put to a May coun­cil meet­ing for the pavil­ion to be de­mol­ished.

‘‘It’s been frus­trat­ing to see this sit­ting here like this. Now let’s get on with it and get it done.’’

The pavil­ion con­sists of two squash courts, chang­ing rooms and clu­b­rooms and was used by a num­ber of com­mu­nity groups be­fore the June 2016 fire, which was lit by two teenage boys.

For this sea­son, the rugby league club was granted use of the chang­ing rooms with the rest of the pavil­ion un­able to be used.

Hook­way says he is keen to see work started on the re­pairs and notes that the com­mu­nity board will be con­sid­er­ing fur­ther en­hance­ments to the build­ing with­out caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant de­lay or sig­nif­i­cant costs.

Pe­ter Po­harama, who op­er­ated a drop-in youth cen­tre at the pavil­ion ev­ery Fri­day night, says he is ‘‘stoked’’ the build­ing will be re­opened.

‘‘I’ve been see­ing some of the kids I used to work with at the youth cen­tre just walk­ing around, and I’ve been frus­trated that I haven’t been able to do any­thing with them. I’m stoked that it’s open­ing again, it gives the youth some­thing else to do now. We are very happy.’’

Shortly af­ter the fire the youth cen­tre also known as ‘There’s a Bet­ter Way’ had a num­ber of items stolen in­clud­ing a tele­vi­sion, lap­tops, Xbox games and even their hand­made arts and crafts.

The Kerik­eri Squash Club has also been given the right to build two ad­di­tional courts at the site, sub­ject to fund­ing, con­sent ap­provals and con­sul­ta­tion. In­sur­ers paid out $345,000 in par­tial set­tle­ment for the pavil­ion in Jan­uary 2017.

A draft Re­serve Man­age­ment Plan for the Kerik­eri Do­main will be open for com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion in Novem­ber.

Coun­cil­lor Dave Hook­way is keen to see work started on the re­pair of the Kerik­eri Do­main Pavil­ion.

The derelict pavil­ion build­ing.

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