His­toric house

Bush Telegraph - - Letters To The Editor / Health & Well Being -

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)

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