Memorial hall to pass away

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A law preventing the Crown buying land with an existing building on it is about to spell the end of the Tamahere Memorial Hall.

The Devine Rd hall, estimated to have been built in the 1920s, sits on a piece of land within Tamahere Model School’s boundaries and is still owned by the Waikato District Council.

The land is to be bought by the Education Ministry for the school, but because of a law forbidding the Crown buying land with an existing building on it, the old hall must be removed, reports the Waikato Times.

Tamahere Model School Principal Waveney Parker said the school had been using the hall as a utility classroom, and would be sad to see it go.

“We are pretty much resolved that the hall will be going,” she said.

Plans were afoot to transform the hall into an arts suite, which would feature special visual arts and music areas, for the school.

Miss Parker said the school enlisted National MPs David Bennett and Lindsay Tisch to try to keep the hall, with Mr Tisch “trying especially hard”.

“We tried very hard to keep it, but hopefully we will get more funding one day for another arts suite somewhere,” Miss Parker said.

The school looked at moving the hall off the site and then moving it back on, but doing so would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The hall is likely to be removed by the district council within the next six months.

It will be available for tender, or it will be demolished for recycling the wood.

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