The Chalmers Community Board is calling for the Moller Park
Memorial Arch in Ravensbourne to be demolished. Photo by
The Chalmers Community Board is calling for an almost
80-year-old Ravensbourne memorial to be demolished, but has
struck opposition from Heritage New Zealand.
Ravensbourne's Moller Park Memorial Arch was built in the
mid-1930s to recognise the achievements of West Harbour
mayor, councillor and Otago Harbour Board member Hagbarth
Community board chairman Trevor Johnson said the arch's
position at the entrance to the park was ''an accident
waiting to happen'' as it created a blind spot for drivers as
they exited on to State Highway 88.
For this reason, the fact it was deteriorating and a lack of
community attachment to the arch, he felt it should be
''It's been neglected over the years, the board doesn't
believe it's worth spending money on it and we are hoping to
have it demolished and relocate the plaque to a more suitable
place within Moller Park.''
However, the community board's wish to have the arch
demolished has hit a snag, with Heritage New Zealand Otago and
Southland area manager Jonathan Howard calling on the Dunedin
City Council to save it.
In an email to a council staff member, tabled at this week's
community board meeting, Mr Howard said demolition should
only be a ''last resort''.
The arch showed community recognition for an important member
in the West Harbour community, he said.
The council and community should look at alternative options,
such as relocating the archway or raising the exit ramp to
widen the Port Chalmers side.
Council parks manager Lisa Wheeler said it was up to the
council to make a decision on demolition. If a decision was
made not to demolish the archway, ''there is probably going
to have to be some remedial work done on it,'' Ms Wheeler
Earlier this year, the council planned to repair the
memorial, but decided not to, after the community board said
it should be demolished.
There has been at least one accident in which a driver was
injured when their car crashed into the monument.