Tenants asked to leave Bluestone House

22:20, Apr 12 2012
kowhai house
TO BE DEMOLISHED: Kowhai House on Queen St in Timaru.
shand house
CLOSED FOR REPAIRS: Shand House at Craighead on Wrights Ave in Timaru.
cocoon hair design
CLOSED, NOT QUAKE RELATED: The building which housed hairdressers, Cocoon Hair Design.
chalmers church
CLOSED, AWAITING DECISION: Chalmers Presbyterian Church on Elizabeth St in Timaru.
st john pleasant point
CLOSED, AWAITING DECISION: St John's Church, Pleasant Point.
st paul's timaru
AWAITING DECISION: St Paul's Presbyterian Church on Seddon St in Timaru.
temuka domain house
DEMOLISHED: 106 King St, Temuka, which housed Video Ezy and Temuka Takeaways.
temuka domain house
DEMOLISHED: Caretaker's House, Temuka Domain.
chalmers church friendship centre
CLOSED, AWAITING DECISION: Chalmers Friendship Centre on Elizabeth St in Timaru.
old bus depot high st
DEMOLISHED: The old bus depot on High St in Timaru. Inset: After an earthquake in April 2011, the front concrete fall has moved - visible by the roofing iron having been ripped off.
temuka presbyterian trinity church
DEMOLISHED: Presbyterian Trinity Church in Haly Tce in Temuka. Inset: The Board of Managers (circa 1930s?) in front of the church. The fallen metal finial off the spire has not been replaced after it fell off in 1919.
peel forest church of the holy innocents
CLOSED FOR REPAIR: Church of the Holy Innocents, Peel Forest.
st mary's anglican church timaru
AWAITING DECISION: St Mary's Anglican Church on Church St in Timaru.
bluestone house
CLOSED: Bluestone House on Arthur St in Timaru.
royal hotel temuka
REPAIRED: The Royal Hotel in Temuka.
royal hotel temuka
CLOSED, AWAITING DECISION: St Mary's Anglican Church in Geraldine.
royal hotel temuka
CLOSED, AWAITING DECISION: St Mary's Catholic Church in Pleasant Point.
royal hotel temuka
CLOSED, AWAITING DECISION: St Joseph's Catholic Church in Temuka.
temuka anz
RELOCATING: ANZ banks in Temuka (pictured), Queen St, Waimate and Talbot St, Geraldine are all relocating.
st pauls waimate
METHODIST CHURCH: St Paul's in Waimate.

Another historic Timaru building will close because of earthquake strengthening concerns.

Two organisations that lease Bluestone House, in Arthur St, have been asked to leave within a week, although Aoraki Polytechnic, which manages the building, and the Bluestone House Trust say the building was not damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes.

Polytech deputy chief executive Alex Cabrera said they would not know what, if any, strengthening work would need to be done until further assessments of the house were carried out.

susan henderson
NO TIME: English Language Partners Aoraki manager Susan Henderson has a week to move out of Bluestone House.

"It's likely that there may be some changes to the building codes [as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes royal commission of inquiry].

"What we would like to do is to wait for that work to be done and then reassess the building against the new code."

If the polytech had to do strengthening work, the trust would do some restoration work at the same time, Mr Cabrera said.


When asked why Literacy South Canterbury and English Language Partners Aoraki had to move out of the house by next Friday, Mr Cabrera said he was not sure what date they were given, but said it was about "risk management".

"We have got other buildings where we can provide a similar space and have a higher rating of building codes, so it's just a case of risk mitigation really."

Mr Cabrera said all the occupants of the house would be moved to another space on campus, but that had not been finalised yet. The polytech had been discussing their plans with their tenant, Literacy South Canterbury, for about four weeks. English Language Partners Aoraki rents the upstairs of Bluestone House through Literacy South Canterbury.

English Language Partners Aoraki manager Susan Henderson said she did not think it was realistic to be expected to move out within a week, but she would be happy if they had another space to go to.

The house, which has the Historic Places Trust category1 rating, was built for the headmaster of Timaru Main School in 1878.

The Timaru Herald