Hotel on the way back

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 16:39 15/09/2011
Temuka
AL WILLIAMS/Timaru Herald

Green light: Repair work has started on Temuka's Royal Hotel. Owner Maz Opele says it looks like the building will be saved.

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Temuka's Royal Hotel looks set to remain as the first stage of repair work gets under way.

Contractors started on the first of three stages last week, pouring concrete on the first floor of the building.

Owner Maz Opele said work was being carried out on the facade.

The second stage would involve repair work on the rear wall of the pub, before the interior was cleaned up during the third and final stage, Mrs Opele said.

"It's all good; so far, so good," she said of the plan to save the building.

During the September 4 Canterbury earthquake, the hotel's balcony collapsed, bringing down part of the facade and damaging the front accommodation rooms on the first floor. For some time, it looked as if the front and rear walls of the building would have to be torn down.

Mrs Opele and her family moved into the building only 12 months ago, and were sleeping inside when the balcony gave way.

They waited 12 months while authorities assessed and priced the damage to see whether repair work was viable.

Business had been affected, with patronage dropping after the September quake, she said. However, she was pleased that repair work was under way.

The hotel was built in 1894.

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- The Timaru Herald

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