In a statement posted on the ministry’s website at the weekend, MFEM said the total cost of improvements at the National Auditorium was of $796,000
“Recent speculation that activities at the auditorium were gifted, are untrue,” the statement said.
“The works associated with the improvements at the auditorium have treated as capital as they are permanent in their nature and have been reflected in the revised capital plan which was contained within the Preliminary Outcome.
“All costs were borne by the Government of the Cook Islands.
“The improvements include the design, purchase, shipping and installation of two PVC membrane canopies outside the auditorium, laying of synthetic grass, repairs and installations of new toilet blocks, the purchase of chairs, roadworks and electrical improvements within and outside the auditorium. The cost was made up of:
•$0.470 million for the design purchase, shipping and installation of two PVC membrane canopies measuring 28m x 14m the main supplier was Shades Systems, with Romani’s undertaking the overall design work
•$0.064 million for the purchase, shipping and installation of synthetic turf at the National Auditorium, the main supplier was Numat Group
•$0.011 million for the purchase of 2,000 chairs supplied by WBC-KerMac Industries
•$0.140 million for the purchase of toilets from CITC and installation by PVK Contractors Ltd and Raro Plumbing
•$0.055 million paid to T&M Heather for materials such as aggregate and works associated with roadworks around the vicinity
•$0.049 million for other building materials and activities, of which the major suppliers were CI Building ($10,800), CI steel ($5,600), G&S Contractor ($5,300), RK George Electrical ($8,100), Rarotonga Welding ($7,100), Te Aponga ($2,100), Raro Plumbing ($5,200) and Concrete Systems ($5,200)
•$0.007 million in contingency to finalise any outstanding payments which may have occurred but not yet accrued.
“In addition Te Aponga spent almost $0.017 million improving the electrical supply to the auditorium and neighbouring hostels,” the statement said.
“The works at the auditorium are a legacy which have improved a national public asset which was enjoyed by many locals and tourists during the recent Te Maeva Nui, and we expect will be enjoyed by many Cook Islanders for years to come.”
The statement said the project had also given work to a number of local firms.
The Preliminary Outcome report presents the government’s preliminary financial data against forecasts contained in the Budget.