The lift, entrance roof extension and toilets at the Ministry of Justice building will be completed by the end of October. CIIC/23101335
Following a number of unexpected delays, the lift project at the Ministry of Justice building is set to be completed by the end of this month, Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) said in a statement.
The lift project, which is being managed by Cook Islands
Investment Corporation and will finally address ongoing accessibility issues
and water leaks, will also have modified roofing from the lift entrance to the
Last week Cook Islands News observed a significant area of
the public foyer in the Justice building closed, with multiple buckets spread
across the floor.
A regular user of the facility, who did not want to be named,
then said the issue had been ongoing for some time.
While there appeared to be improvements in some areas over
the course of time, other issues then became obvious.
The matter was not isolated to one part of the building but
in multiple areas.
It appeared to be a “sticking plaster” situation where there
was no “permanent fix”.
The publication earlier asked Secretary of Justice Tamatoa
Jonassen and the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) questions,
following an announcement of further renovation work in the newspaper on
Friday, October 6.
The statement from CIIC said addressing accessibility for the
elderly and disabled always formed part of the project.
CIIC general manager asset development Anne Taoro says the
lift, entrance roof extension and toilets will be completed by the end of
The total approved budget for accessibility works, the new
lift, roof extension and toilets is $613,000.
“We do not expect to exceed this. We are tracking well, and
expect at project end, we will be within budget.”
Because of significant shipping delays in specialist
materials from New Zealand, separate roof waterproofing works did not commence
until the end of July at both the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) building and Cook
Islands Police Headquarters simultaneously.
These works are expected to fix water leaking that has
previously and still currently occurs.
CIIC Assets Management Division general manager Vasie Ngatoko-Poila
says Waterproofing Cook Islands Ltd led by Allan Cowan was awarded the contract
at the end of June this year to undertake works to water-seal the Ministry of
The scope of works includes cleaning all external windows,
doors and skylight sealants and applying new, as well as replacing 3000 rusted
screws that contributed to the leaks throughout the building.
Work has been coordinated around courthouse schedules,
material supply and weather and is expected to be completed by this Tuesday,
The total cost for the Ministry of Justice alone is $24,000.
CIIC chief executive officer Allan Jensen says CIIC and MoJ
work effectively across the Cook Islands in terms of maintaining MoJ building
infrastructure, from available capital and operating appropriations assigned to