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New life for Hokianga community halls

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Kohukohu’s 114-year-old, heritage-listed hall is one of two important Hokianga community buildings due to reopen this month following significant refurbishment work.

The Council has completed repiling the subfloor in the supper room and kitchen of Kohukohu Hall, and is now completing work on new cladding, roof repairs, extra downpipes and installing LED lighting.

General Manager - Infrastructure and Asset Management, Andy Finch, says work on the wooden building began in March. "The hall opened in 1905 and its high ceiling and large floor size means it can easily accommodate significant social events, indoor sports and weekend markets. Unfortunately, rain has got in through the roof creating damp areas and making the hall less popular for community events in recent years."

He says the Council is now completing repairs to the water damage and also improving other aspects of the building. "We are replacing internal lighting with LEDs, which will boost illumination levels for such a large space."

He adds that due to the height of the ceiling, scissor lifts must be used to access and replace blown light bulbs. "LED lights not only use less power, they last much longer meaning ratepayers will potentially save thousands in operating and maintenance costs annually."

Unfortunately, further refurbishments will be needed on the building. Initial repiling work revealed that the main hall also needs to be relevelled. This will occur once a project plan and budget are finalised.

Meanwhile, work to repair Horeke Hall is also nearing completion. The Council has repiled the hall and is recladding and repainting the exterior. Water-damaged particle board flooring in the entrance and kitchen areas is also being replaced. Other improvements include new window and door joinery, new carpet and lino, and new LED lighting.

The Council expects to complete work on Horeke Hall by the end of June.

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