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Cabin to be pulled down

Last updated 08:59 23/01/2013
Kaikohe Hotel

COMING DOWN: The log cabin on Broadway in Kaikohe that was once used as an information centre has been vacated as it is awaiting demolition.

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The log cabin on Broadway in Kaikohe may be considered a landmark by some, but it's a hazard and it's coming down.

Chairman of the Kaikohe-Hokianga Community Board Win Stephens says the decision to have the decades-old building removed was an easy one for the board.

"You wouldn't even step inside it," he says. "The bugs let their hands go and it'll fall down on top of you." He says that the building was "ill thought from the word go".

If it had been built with tanalised timber it might still be usable, he says, but it now represents a hazard and only parts of it will be salvageable.

The district council's Mike Colebrook says the log cabin was built as a result of a joint venture between the Kaikohe Borough Council and the Northland Polytech. It was the result of a training course on building log buildings run by a visiting Canadian, he wrote in an email to the Northern News. Its initial use was as an information centre, funded by the then borough council. Since then it has had various uses. The toilets on site will get an upgrade, "a facelift and a tidy-up", Mr Stephens says.

He says that the initial idea was to have an information board for the town placed in the old log cabin's stead, but with a new seemingly permanent structure going in at the entrance up the road at the Pioneer Village's plough site, he doesn't see that part of the plan happening.

The current tenants were requested to vacate, Mr Colebrook says. The district council is currently investigating the demolition options.

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