Wanaka's centrally located former police station will be
disposed of by Land Information New Zealand after being
withdrawn from service last week. Photo by Lucy Ibbotson.
As Wanaka police staff enjoy their first week operating
from a new state-of-the-art station, the town's ageing former
police headquarters is now destined for disposal.
On a 986sq m site in the centre of Wanaka, on Helwick St, the
old police station was retired from duty last Friday after
its occupants packed up and moved to their new premises on
New Zealand Police national manager, asset optimisation,
Andrew MacArthur said as the new station was now occupied,
the Police Executive would be asked to declare the old
property surplus, before it was transferred to Land
Information New Zealand (Linz) for disposal action.
''There are some admin matters that need to be agreed between
ourselves and Linz before transfer can take place. This will
take approximately two months,'' Mr MacArthur said.
''Linz will then go through the usual section 40 process,
which will result in either a right of first refusal to the
relevant iwi group, landbanking by OTS [Office of Treaty
Settlements], or a sale on the open market.''
Getting to the stage of open market sale could take six to 12
months from the date of transfer to Linz.
Wanaka sub-area commander Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell said
last week he understood the Helwick St station had been built
in the mid-1970s.
However, after reviewing police records relating to the site,
southern district business services officer Peter Esquilant,
of Dunedin, told the Otago Daily Times the station was
built in 1971. It had been extended at least three times
since then to house continually increasing numbers of staff.
There was history suggesting the New Zealand Police had owned
the site as far back as the 1950s, although there was nothing
to confirm that in the documents.