Western Leader : July 22nd 2014
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Tuesday, July 22, 2014 TODAY Helping mums Young mothersbenefit from the compassion of 13-year-old Tayla Nasmith – P4 Crumbled:Brickwork has fallen froman exterior wall ofNewLynn’s St Andrews Church Hall during thismonth’s wet andwindy weather. Race on to save old hall By MONICA TISCHLER THE FUTURE of historic St Andrews Church Hall in New Lynn is uncertain as the building slowly crumbles away. Business owners, resi- dents and the council are growing increasingly concerned about the situation and it’s feared time is running out to fix the problem. The collapse of an exterior brick wall during last week’s wet and windy weather is reinforcing concerns. New Lynn business owner Karen Goddard has fought to preserve the landmark hall over the years and says it’s disappointing to see graffiti and fallen bricks around what was once a wellrespected community hub. ‘‘It needs life put back into it – West Auckland’s heritage is disappearing off our maps,’’ she says. Goddard approached own- er Peter Ting in 2012 to make an offer with the vision of relocating her business to the hall. She also wanted to establish a cafe and host community events on the site. But Ting, who purchased the church hall for $690,000 in 2004, declined. He currently resides in Malaysia. His daughter Grace is the hall’s caretaker and says her father had a vision of restoring it to its original form for Games talent A number of West Aucklandersarein Glasgow ready to compete in the 20th Commonwealth Games – P21 THE VOTE Preserving heritage: Karen Goddardisamong those keen to see the hall restored back to the community hub it once was. community use but ran out of money to do it. Grace Ting says her father hired an engineer to assess the building and found large roots from a pohutukawa tree were lifting the foundations, causing the structure to become unstable. ‘‘Until Dad collects some money to repair it, it’s hard,’’ she says. ‘‘There’s a lot of crazy developments going on in the area and we want to keep the church traditional but it’s a long-term project. ‘‘It is a West Auckland landmark and it will be good to see it up and running as a church hall again,’’ she says. The hall is listed as a West Auckland historical building and was occupied for a year in 2010 by an Asian church community group until the YOUR CHILDREN ARE AMAZING ALREADY. WE JUST HELP THEM PROVE IT. HISTORIC ❚ Built in 1929 by Reverend Rankin who was a bricklayer andwanted a multi-purpose hall for the West Auckland community ❚ Locally made bricks were donated and residents gave up their time to help build the hall ❚ An overflow of pupils from New Lynn Primary School were taught in the building during the 1940s ❚ Sunday school classes, church dances and other events were also held there. Auckland Council ruled it unsafe. It’s been sitting empty since. Grace Ting says she plans to renovate the roof of a Photos: MONICA TISCHLER church house on the same site next month and is negotiating with builders on when the hall will follow. Whau Local Board heri- tage portfolio holder Derek Battersby feels time is running out before the building collapses. He says the council also approached Peter Ting asking whether he’d be prepared to subdivide the land. The council would then establish a heritage organisation to raise funds to save it but got no response, he says. ‘‘There’s a limit to what we can do as a board,’’ Battersby says. ‘‘There’s limited money available to save heritage buildings in both Auckland and New Zealand. ‘‘And this is another piece of heritage that’s gone down the gurgler.’’ Have you ever been caught out by a Trade Me deal that’s gone wrong? Go to westernleader.co.nzto have your say RESULT We asked: Internet Mana’s roadtrip is coming to West Auckland. Do you care? Will you be there? Yes: 11.6 per cent No: 34.1 per cent Don’t care: 54.3 per cent From New Entrant to Year 11, NumberWorks’nWords afterschool tuition brings out the best in Kiwi students by: • tailoring lessons according to each individual’s needs • setting achievable goals and monitoring their progress • developing our own programmes using only qualified Maths and English experts 836 3123 Maths & English FREE ASSESSMENT – BOOK NOW!
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