Old police station disposal set to start

The disposal process for the old Wanaka police station is set to begin later this month.

The Helwick St building was recently transferred to Land Information New Zealand (Linz) for disposal after being vacated last September when Wanaka's policing staff moved to new $3 million headquarters in Ballantyne Rd.

Linz Crown Property Management acting manager John Hook said yesterday Linz was undertaking due diligence work on the station and the disposal process was likely to begin at the end of February.

Under the Public Works Act 1981 the statutory process Linz must follow for disposal of Crown land requires firstly determining if the property is needed for any other public works, then whether the land needs to be offered back to the person the Crown originally bought it from, or their successors.

The land is then offered to Maori under a Treaty claim settlement, or possibly held for future settlement, before it can be made available for sale on the open market.