WE’RE HALL IN THIS TOGETHER
Let’s face the facts
At the June 2022 Hurunui Community Committee Meeting, the Committee agreed to consult with the public regarding renovation and ongoing maintenance costs for Waikari Hall, Hawarden Community Hall and Hawarden RSA Hall and how they would be funded going forward. Below is a table which displays the required estimated increase to rates to fund the renovation and ongoing maintenance for the halls. The maintenance plan identifies priority works which are identified below as the renovation works. These works are considered necessary by Council in Year 3 of the Long-Term Plan (LTP) to bring the building up to a desirable condition. The ongoing maintenance cost would be dependent on renovation works happening.
A public meeting was held at the Hawarden Hall on the 19th of October 2022. Mayor Marie Black, Cr Karen Armstrong, and Mel Ruck and Pete Black who are involved in the day-to-day operations of the halls, discussed what the halls mean to the community, what use they are currently getting, and works required on the halls.
A halls’ fact document was handed out at this meeting, this can be viewed here.
Earthquake Prone Buildings
The government’s Building Performance page defines an earthquake prone buildings as “A building, or part of a building, is earthquake prone if it will have its ultimate capacity exceeded in a moderate earthquake, and if it were to collapse, would do so in a way that is likely to cause injury or death to persons in or near the building or on any other property, or damage to any other property.”
The government then deemed that 34% of the New Building Standard (NBS) was the minimum standard required under the Building (Earthquake Prone Building) Amendment Act 2016 for a building not to be deemed earthquake prone. Any buildings under this threshold would then be required to be strengthened to at least 34% NBS within a 15-year timeframe.
- A building less than 33% NBS is deemed ‘earthquake prone’ and has a life safety risk 10-25 times more than a new building built to 100% NBS.
- A building between 34% NBS and 66% NBS is deemed an ‘earthquake risk’ building and has a life safety risk 5-10 times more than a new building built to 100% NBS.
- A building between 67% NBS and 100% NBS is deemed to have a low potential earthquake risk.
More information on earthquake prone buildings can be viewed here.
The Hawarden Community War Memorial Hall & Waikari War Memorial Hall were both deemed earthquake prone and are required to be strengthened by 2037.
Renovations and Ongoing Maintenance
The requirement for these decisions needing to be made were brought forward upon recent condition inspections conducted on all three buildings. These condition inspections revealed that major remediation work is needed on each building. It also identified the ongoing maintenance that would need to be undertaken to keep the building in a desirable condition.
From these condition inspections, maintenance plans were developed for each building, these can be viewed here.
Questions From the First Public Meeting
- Can we revisit the earthquake strengthening costs?
- What are the insurance costs for each hall? What effect will these have on the total costs?
- What was the pre-covid estimate on annual income for each hall?
- Are the Hawarden Rugby Clubrooms earthquake prone?
- What would be the cost to bring the Waikari Bowling Clubrooms up to standard?
- What is the number of new building consents in Hawarden vs. Waikari?
- Can we calculate the square meter cost to replicate a new build of the same buildings?
- What are the costings of better insulation for the buildings?
- What are the costs of new heat pumps to heat the buildings?
Answers to your questions can be viewed here.
If you have any thoughts, queries or questions regarding this discussion and would like to get in contact with us you can do this directly through Liz Atkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mobile through 027 733 2237, Cameron Ashworth at email@example.com or via mobile through 027 1800 2061 or via the Hurunui District Council Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HurunuiDistrictCouncil/