Court in Mainzeal collapse
Work has stopped on the much-needed upgrade of the leaking New Plymouth Courthouse in the wake of the Mainzeal collapse.
Last week the work was well under way but yesterday all was quiet on site with no workers to be seen and no one was saying what would happen next.
Some High Court trials were rescheduled because of the disruption expected to be caused by the $750,000 replacement of the roof and windows in the aged and leaky building.
But on Wednesday shock waves reverberated throughout the country's building industry with the news that Mainzeal Property and Construction, New Zealand's third-largest construction firm, had gone into receivership.
The receivership has affected about 400 workers and left subcontractors in limbo.
Mainzeal won the Ministry of Justice tender as the main contractor for the upgrade of the city's aging courthouse which began last month.
The leaking roof and windows were to be fixed and the work completed by the end of April.