$800k to repair Chinese-built buildings

Tuesday November 04, 2014 Written by Phillipa Webb Published in Economy
The Chinese-built Cook Islands Police Headquarters in Avarua has had leaking issues almost since it was handed over to government. 14110313 The Chinese-built Cook Islands Police Headquarters in Avarua has had leaking issues almost since it was handed over to government. 14110313

LEAKING, RUSTING, and falling apart – the Courthouse, National Police Headquarters and Telecom Sports Arena built with loans from China are set to be repaired with $800,000 from the latest budget.

The budget estimates tabled in parliament last week explain that the buildings constructed in 2004, 2006 and 2009 respectively were built by way of grant and concessional loans from the People’s Republic of China.

But over time the buildings have needed various repairs and improvements, some of which have been addressed by the Cook Islands government and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

Cook Islands Investment Corporation Chief Executive Officer Tamarii Tutanga said a proposal had been submitted for repairs and improvements to be made in the third or fourth quarter of 2014/2015.

He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration were currently in discussions with the Chinese government to provide the money appropriated in the budget.

Work would not start on the buildings until this was accepted, he said.

Tutanga said the different practises and materials used did not work with the Cook Islands tropical climate.

The courthouse has been in a bad state for more than four years and the air-conditioning system would be replaced if the aid money came through.CI News previous reported that former Secretary of Justice Mark Short had said the courthouse was not built to suit a tropical climate – when it rains, the front steps are dangerously slippery, parts of the office flood, and the building quickly shows rust.

Tutanga said the government had already done some major repairs to the courthouse.

But repairing leaks in the roof of the Telecom Sports Arena would be a “major undertaking”, he said.

“We are hoping [the aid] will come through”.

3 comments

  • Comment Link Dave Thompson Tuesday, 04 November 2014 20:33 posted by Dave Thompson

    So typical of many things in CI. The hands are out already for AID to repair some of he worst pieces of architecture in the South Pacific.. The only thing missing is a statue of Chairman Mau. Just put some kikau over everything.

  • Comment Link Chuck Baran Tuesday, 04 November 2014 13:23 posted by Chuck Baran

    Why does the Cook Islands Government not litigate against the People's Republic of China for the cost of the repairs? There must be some sort of warranty of service?

    Also, "Tutanga said the different practises and materials used did not work with the Cook Islands tropical climate." why was this not caught and corrected at the time of construction? Where was the oversight?

  • Comment Link Colin Tuesday, 04 November 2014 11:11 posted by Colin

    This does not bode well for the water infrastructure being installed at this present time does it.

    Has the government checked out Malcolm Herbert (Hilton project) as he has been implicated in numerous leaky buildings in NZ as well as owing numerous trades people . YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED

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