Masterton courthouse to be strengthened

Last updated 09:23 09/10/2012

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Repair and strengthening work on the Masterton Courthouse is set to start later this month.

The courthouse has been closed since December 2011 due to risk of collapse in an earthquake.

Courts Minister Chester Borrows announced last week the finalisation of plans to repair the building, with Greytown firm Holmes Construction  Ltd  the successful bidder.

''Masterton was the busiest of the seven courthouses temporarily closed last year, so reopening it has been a key priority for the Ministry of Justice.

"The end of the tendering process, and start of actual building work, is an important step towards that goal,'' Mr Borrows said.

Court services in Masterton currently operate from Departmental House and from a temporary jury trial facility in Church St.

''It's also pleasing that a Wairarapa firm has been successful in the tendering process, so that local expertise, and local passion for their community, can dhcontribute to the rebuilding work,'' Mr Borrows said.

''I look forward to opening the repaired courthouse early next year.''

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