It was pleasing to see the history of the Pahiatua Courthouse in your publication of June 4th 2018.
This historic building is now 121 years old and one of the last remaining historic buildings in the District. It is recognised with the Historic Places Trust (now Heritage NZ) as a category II which classification means “a building which merits preservation because of its historical significance or architectural quality”.
Looking back to 1972 the Justice Department relinquished the use of the Courthouse (all court sittings being moved to Palmerston North) and the then Minister of Lands approved of the building being vested in the Pahiatua Borough Council, subject to:
The title remaining with the Crown.
The site being available for use by all cultural groups in the district.
An upgrade programme to be carried out.
In 1989 the Pahiatua Borough Council came under the umbrella of the Tararua District Council which promised to honour the statutes of the 1981 agreement.
Thankfully the above agreements appear to be honoured and Pahiatua should be proud of such a building. JEAN EDDIE (ex-Tararua Branch Historic Places Trust)