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DCC stewardship #FAIL —Tomahawk School (community asset)

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Waste Not Want Not – Tomahawk School

I’ve never liked seeing things go to waste. Especially when those things can be used again by someone else or redesigned for another purpose. It’s probably why I have a garage full of “junk” or as I like to call it “things that might come in handy one day”. Now I’m just talking about small stuff, nuts, bolts, door latches and bits of timber, but lately I’ve seen a much bigger issue of waste that has been frustrating Tomahawk for more than three years.

SONY DSCImage: Paul Pope

In 2012 the Dunedin City Council purchased the Tomahawk School site from the Ngai Tahu for $300,000. The school had been closed by the Ministry of Education in 2010 and the property sold by the Crown. The 2012 purchase by the Council was made as part of the Coastal Dune Reserves Management Plan process, creating a required level of protection for adjacent dunes. However, it appears that coastal protection was not the only reason for the purchase by the Council. It would be fair to say that those reasons have become considerably muddled. On one hand there is the thought that the land and school are a community asset. While on the other there was a view within Council that it was essential to buy the property to stop subdivision and consequent residential development on coastal land into 15 properties with 15 houses.
It gets worse, read on…. more photos

Media Stories
3.3.12 ODT: DCC buys school from Ngai Tahu
3.2.10 3News: School with no pupils forced to remain open

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Reed Building, 75 Crawford Street for demolition?

UPDATE Jul/Aug 2012
For restoration, building purchased by Dunedin businessman Lawrie Forbes.

Reed Building img_668011 (1)

Former Education Board/AH Reed/Skinners Building
75 Crawford St (cnr Jetty St), Dunedin
Owner: Wilden Holdings Limited. Director: John Peter Diggle.

7.4.10 D Scene alerts commercial building owners to responsibilities

Reed Building img_68081 (2)

### D Scene 16-2-11
Rocked and rolled? (page 1)
A prominent inner-city building may be demolished after having existing damage exacerbated by the Canterbury earthquake. See p3 #bookmark

Building may be demolished (page 3)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Disrepair of the historic AH Reed building in central Dunedin has been worsened by the Canterbury earthquake and it will probably be demolished, a spokesman for the owner says. A wall between the building and the neighbouring building, Sammy’s nightclub, was precarious and had caused Dunedin City Council to order the area to be taped off and repaired, the spokesman said.
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Reed Building img_67061 (1)

The above image shows the parapet side wall detaching. All external building damage was recorded on 20 February.


David Murray at Hocken Library provides the following:

The former Otago Education Board building (beside the Jetty St ramp to the railway overbridge) is one of few surving designs by architect John Somerville who designed many schools, almost all(?) now demolished.

There was a rather entertaining kerfuffle when the building was going up in 1897. See Papers Past at http://bit.ly/fY0KKR

The Otago Daily Times (4/9/1897) reports:
“The dispute at present raging in the Education Office appears to us to be a little of the storm in the teapot order. But it has some importance attached to it by very clearly revealing to the public the haphazard, happy-go-lucky manner in which the board is in the habit of conducting its business. The special matter in dispute needs but little comment. The board is building new offices, and members approve of plans for that purpose which have been laid before them by the architect.”

[What if? italics, there follows a long essay by the newspaper.]

The history of the building is very interesting. It includes the Education Board (1890s-1920s), though this organisation’s huge significance to Otago history is under appreciated these days. Then there was Reeds, from the 1920s, one of the great stories in New Zealand publishing.

See the comments of former building residents in response to my photograph at Facebook http://on.fb.me/fVF6Oo


The signs in the windows and on a door to Jetty Street read:

Images ©2011 Elizabeth Kerr

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DScene: Honour heritage

### D Scene 26-1-11
Honour heritage (front cover)
History and architecture advocates such as David Murray are lobbying hard to prevent other notable buildings sharing the fate of the Rattray Street property which started crumbling and collapsing a fortnight ago. See p3. #bookmark

Fears for old buildings (page 3)
By Wilma McCorkindale
A new lobby group fears many significant an historic Dunedin buildings will be lost to the city due to neglect. An increasing number of older buildings in the city – some are of great historical importance – are being identitfied by the newly-formed group, Stop Demolition By Neglect. The group launched [an online petition] last Friday and has already begun naming and shaming some buildings.
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Online Petition: Save Dunedin’s historic Dragon Café / Barron’s Building

Beyond the facade
Bells and whistles / Factory originals (pages 8-9)
By Wilma McCorkindale
This week is the second of the four part series, Beyond the Facade, where D Scene takes a peak behind the well-known exteriors of some of Dunedin’s landmark buildings to see what can be found inside. Today D Scene photographer Wilma McCorkindale takes her camera into the Bell Tea Co Ltd Factory at 15 Hope Street.
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