Te Puia Buildings Damaged in Earthquake

Earthquake damage to two Gisborne Holdings Ltd owned properties at Te Puia is likely to lead to one being permanently closed.

GHL had local engineering company LDE check the Te Puia administration building that is currently leased to Gisborne District Council, early indications are that the damage makes it uneconomical to fix. Temporary repairs have been made to allow the building to be used until a longer-term solution is found.

There were a number of earthquakes of varying strength around September of last year, and tenants noticed doors began to stick, which led to GHL calling in the engineers.

“On investigation, it was discovered the site will be very difficult to repair. The ground underneath the building has slumped, and with further movement likely, it isn’t looking possible to fix it to a suitable standard,” said GHL Tairawhiti Investments General Manager Matt Feisst.

The front part of the building has been cleared for occupancy on a temporary basis.

“We will work through the necessary process with our insurers as well as with our tenant GDC.”

Also affected is the SSE Works site at Te Puia however early indications are that this is repairable.