A construction worker poses for a picture while renovating the rooftops of the National Auditorium yesterday. LOSIEREN LACANIVALU / 21030212
The $1.6 million renovation of the National Auditorium is expected to be completed by early to mid-April.
Cook Islands Investment Corporation’s facility development
manager Anne Taoro says most of the work inside the auditorium has been done.
However, the delay on the outside renovation of the
auditorium – especially work on getting the new roofs – has been caused by the
recent adverse weather condition (rain).
They are almost done with the work but unexpected corroded
steels and the rain caused major delays.
The project started in August last year and the venue has
been closed since then.
The first phase of the renovation work included the
replacing and fixing steel frames, repainting and refurbishing the seats –
carried out by Rarotonga Welding and Steel Construction Limited (Raro Weld).
Secretary for Culture Anthony Turua earlier said major work
included the replacing of the roofing carried out by Cook Islands Investment
This is the first major refurbishment work since the opening
of the auditorium in 1992.