Wairoa Meat Co, Wairoa (advice)

Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay
Grant Type: 
Professional Advice Grant
Date funded: 
December 2019

The Wairoa Meat Co. building was originally built in stripped art deco style as a carriage workshop sometime between 1915 and 1920. Unlike many of the buildings around it, it survived the 1931 earthquake. It was repurposed as a Ford car show room and later as the local butcher. 

The new owners of the building have commissioned a detailed seismic assessment soon after purchase. It identified limited capacity of the concrete frame, ceiling diaphragm, and roof frame. The owners plan to provide improved commercial space on the ground floor, with residential accommodation upstairs.

A Heritage EQUIP professional advice grant of $30,000 will go towards the cost of a concept, preliminary, developed and detailed structural design and a heritage impact assessment. 

Following this advice, in May 2020, a Heritage EQUIP upgrade works grant was awarded for the seismic strengthening based on the detailed structural design.

The building is listed as a Category 2 historic place with Heritage New Zealand.

Heritage New Zealand entry - Heritage New Zealand website