Repairs over replacement
The roof of Tairawhiti Museum is likely to undergo targeted repairs and maintenance, rather than replacement, to eliminate leaking issues and to be ready for Tuia 250 ki Turanga commemorations.
Gisborne District Council’s community development and services committee received a staff update report stating that the preferred option of repairs and maintenance came about after reviews of the originally planned replacement.
Five professional roofing experts from the private sector concluded that leaking was mainly due to leaves blocking gutters and roof alleys.
Re-roofing with a like-for-like system, either Decramastic titles or long-run roofing, would not prevent further leaking.
The preferred option would resolve the leaking issue in time for Tuia 250 ki Turanga commemorations and fit within the re-roofing budget of $400,000.
GDC director of liveable communities Andrew White said the museum wanted to hold related exhibitions during the October commemorations.
The report said Tairawhiti Museum was planning to borrow historic taonga from Britain.
“We want to do our best to allow that to happen,’’ said Mr White.
Repairs and maintenance were a better solution from a financial and practical perspective.
Shannon Dowsing said someone had “put a real good commercial hat on”.
The museum roof had been a long-running issue and the new solution was “a very brave move”.
The goal was water tightness not beautification.
“It’s purely practical.”
Council staff had questioned their own previous decision and came back with a more sensible approach.
‘‘Hopefully it will save us several hundred thousand dollars in the process.’’
Larry Foster said the council had been looking at a large and spiralling cost for a replacement roof.
“I’m really happy to come back to basics with good repair, which will make that roof last a long time.’’
The roof, however, would require regular maintenance, he said.