started this petition to
The Hon Amy Adams, Minister of Justice
"Courts Minister Amy Adams today announced that Cabinet has agreed to the strengthening and restoration of Dunedin’s historic courthouse.
The project includes earthquake strengthening and restoration, as well as the cost of provisions for the buildings to operate as modern court facilities. The project is estimated to cost more than $15 million and this will include seeing the building strengthened to between 60 and 70 per cent of the National Building Standard."
While we still maintain that the price tag seems a little hefty, to say nothing of the costs associated with the temporary facility, this is exceptional news both for Dunedin's built heritage, and the dispensing of justice in our city.
Thanks to the thousands of you who signed this petition to show your support for this campaign. We wouldn't have been successful without you.
Following extensive renovation and restoration by the government in 2002, Dunedin's historic courthouse was declared an earthquake risk in 2011, and progressively mothballed.
$6.8m has been spent fitting out temporary courts in an office building on High St, at an ongoing cost of $600,000 a year.
We're calling on Justice Minister Amy Adams to commit to returning the courts to their home on Lower Stuart St since 1902 - the Dunedin Courthouse.