Media: Rotorua Daily Post
Topic: Museum project
The reporter was advised there was no official release from Council but was provided a fact sheet outlining some of the work that has continued while the Museum building has been closed.
There is no update from previous answers – insurance claims are still active and any final claims and payments will be publically communicated at the appropriate time.
It is important to note that any insurance payout would only cover the cost of reinstating damage and not additional work required to bring the building up to current building code e.g. earthquake strengthening and roof repair.
You can watch the livestream of Stewart Brown's Museum talk HERE
The reporter was advised that there was no official release from Council but was provided information about activity that has continued while the Museum building has been closed [see below].
24,581 students have attended Museum education programmes
9528 students have used the free Museum bus
167 Museum events have been hosted
21,839 people attended Museum events
8337 hosted on free guided tours around Government Gardens
14 Rotorua Museum exhibitions since Nov 2016:
- Da Vinci Machines and Robots, 2016-2017
- Art Awards Exhibition of Finalists, 2017
- Art Awards Salon des Refusés, 2017
- Muka Youth Prints, 2017
- Top Art, 2017
- Beyond Geyserland, 2018 (joint show with Tauranga Art Gallery)
- The Art of Remembering – Te Pū o Mahara, 2018
- The Dark Arts, 2018
- Top Art, 2018
- Muka Youth Prints, 2018
- Brave Hearts, 2018-2019
- AEIOU, 2019 (touring show to Expressions Whirinaki and Ashburton Art Gallery)
- Art Awards Exhibition of Finalists, 2019
- Art Awards Salon des Refusés, 2019
Rotorua Museum Education Special Projects
- The Art of Remembering research, competition, scholarships and exhibition, 2018
- Beyond the Grave, WW1 grave restoration with high school students 2018
- Schools Aquabots Competion 2019
Other major Rotorua Museum projects:
- Object and exhibition relocations, 2017-2018
- Summers sculpture relocation, 2017
- Taonga relocations, 2018
- Nightmare, 2018
- Installation of mobile art racks, 2018
- Textiles rehousing project, 2016-2019
- Te Arawa WW1 Memorial restoration, 2017-2019
- Installation of taonga cantilever shelving, 2018-2019
- Installation of cloak units, 2019
- Documentary heritage project, 2019
- Support for Wira Gardiner's Ake Ake Kia Kaha E! Forever Brave publication, 2017-2019
Media: RotoruaNow (Sunlive)
Topic: Soundshell removal
From Rob Pitkethley – Sport, Recreation & Environment
At our last update we advised that the
central auditorium required extra treatment due to the remaining asbestos left
in the structure and that the timing would depend on ensuring the safe removal
of the material.
Independent asbestos assessors have continued to test the
auditorium as each treatment has been applied but, the level of asbestos
remaining is still above the level required for the clearance to safely remove
the external cladding from the building
A more intensive level of treatment is being developed
between the independent assessors and the building removal contractors to
remove the structure the safest way possible.
This is not something we want to rush. We are working very
carefully through this process ensuring we are taking the best advice
possible. The safety of people and the environment is our top priority.
In parallel to this work, Council is also applying for
resource consent for earthworks to remove the top layer of soil under the
building because testing has revealed a level of asbestos present.