Courthouse fate still unknown


The fate of the 130-year-old Oamaru District Courthouse remains unknown, over a year-and-a-half after it was closed.

Minister for Courts Chester Borrows said he was “very aware” that many people in Oamaru wanted a final answer.

“We have been asked by a group from Oamaru to consider a second opinion as to what it would take to make the courthouse safe for use,” Mr Borrows said.

“This has been presented to me in confidence, so I am unable to release the details of it.

“I have undertaken to explore this alternative fully before making any decisions as to the future of the courthouse, and I am in the process of seeking engineering advice on this.”


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