The temporary court building in High St. Photo by Linda
A formal blessing of the temporary Dunedin courthouse in
High St is being held today at 6.30am.
The courthouse was due to open for the first time yesterday,
but a last-minute decision meant the opening was postponed.
Otago and South Canterbury courts service delivery manager
Dave Miller said Maori leaders involved in the planned
blessing asked late last week if two kaumatua from
Christchurch could also be involved.
The kaumatua were to travel through Dunedin today on their
way to another function in Invercargill.
Mr Miller said the ''local court group'' made the decision to
postpone the opening so the blessing with kaumatua could
''The local [Maori] people said they didn't mind if we opened
the court on Monday as planned, then had the blessing on
Tuesday. But we made the decision to postpone the opening and
have the blessing before we commenced the first trial,'' he
Consequently, people who were summonsed weeks ago to report
for jury service showed up at the High St court yesterday as
requested, but were sent home.
Others involved in the scheduled jury trial also arrived and
were told to return today.
Mr Miller said there were no costs associated with the