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Park site not a
good look: RSA
By CATE BROUGHTON
ON THE MOVE?: President of Rangiora RSA Dennis Coates says the
association does not want the cenotaph to go to Victoria Park.
THE WAIMAKARIRI District
Council has begun discussions
with Rangiora RSA about moving
the town s cenotaph to make way
for a realignment of Red Lion Cor-
Mayor David Ayers said Vic-
toria Park had been suggested as
an alternative location for many
However the RSA has no inter-
est in moving the cenotaph to Vic-
President Dennis Coates said
they are happy to have the ceno-
taph moved from the corner of
Ivory St and High St to make way
for the realignment of Red Lion
However, they would like to see
it moved to the grassed area out-
side the Waimakariri District
Council chambers on High St,
opposite Durham St.
The more prominent location
would reflect the importance of
the monument which honours the
region s war dead, Mr Coates said.
In front of the council offices,
looking down Durham St, for the
parade purposes on Anzac Day
and any other parade it s better
Mr Coates said there was no
place for the cenotaph in Victoria
Where would you put it? I
mean you ve got the band rotunda
in the middle and the play area to
one side, toilets at the front. It s
got very limited access now.
The area in front of the council
chambers is currently occupied by
Toyworld in one of the temporary
Mr Coates said the RSA had
abandoned a project to move the
cenotaph two years ago after
being told it would cost $150,000.
The cost to move the cenotaph
would need to be borne by the
council, Mr Coates said.
A spokesman for the owners of
the land the cenotaph occupies,
Brendan Leech, said it was gifted
to the RSA by Charles Leech in
1924. However, Mr Leech said he
believed the land would return to
the original owners if no longer
used by the RSA.
Council chief executive Jim
Palmer said he had been advised
the title was in fee simple in the
council s name, and the issue of
ownership would need to be dis-
The council has budgeted $3.8
million for the realignment of Red
Lion Corner, including property
purchases, and is considering fast-
tracking the project.
LIFE OF A BUILDING
1866: The A&P Association was the first club to be established in
1925: The Northern Agricultural and Pastoral building, at 93 Ivory St,
was opened to the public. Its neo-Gothic design was the work of
architects and brothers JS and MJ Guthrie, who also drafted
Christchurch Boys High School and St George's Hospital in Papanui. The
building housed the social hall and offices of the A&P Association.
1960s: The building was used as a temporary site for the BNZ and ANZ
2007: RHB bought the building.
2008: La Tandoor took over the building's lease for an Indian
2012: A detailed engineering evaluation of the building for the council
recommended it be vacated, as its structure met only 7 per cent of the
new building code. The impressive concrete front facade was deemed
a ''major hazard'' due to considerable cracking at the northern end of
the east and west walls ''that could see the north end parapet wall fall
out on to the paved area to the north''.
to repair building
By CATE BROUGHTON
THE DEMOLITION of Rangiora s
A&P building would open up
another option for the
realignment of Red Lion Corner --
a key project of the town centre
strategy, says Waimakariri
District Council chief executive
The fate of the heritage building
on Ivory St continues to hang in
the balance after it was closed in
August last year, with its future
to be determined by the outcome
of a detailed engineering report.
At a business meeting this week
Mr Palmer made it clear the
council was interested in the site.
If the building was demolished
we would be extremely interested
in buying it.
However, the building s owners,
Robert and Ruth Beulink, say
they want to repair and re-open
the heritage building as soon as
Ms Beulink said they were
required to hire a specialist
engineer, as the building is
registered category two with the
Historic Places Trust.
The assessment was done in
October last year.
Everyone is tearing their hair
out waiting for him.
He s getting daily phone calls
and we still haven t got a report,
Ms Beulink said.
They would be devastated if the
building had to be demolished, she
We will be quite devastated if
they say it has to come down, I d
be quite shocked actually.
She didn t believe the damage
to the building would warrant a
The building had some
earthquake strengthening done a
few years ago, so we would be very
disappointed if that was the end
Historic Places Trust adviser
Dave Margetts said the Beulinks
would be able to apply to the
Canterbury Earthquake Heritage
Building Fund to help with the
cost to repair and strengthen the
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