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Consideration of heritage value and/or refurbishment of George Porter Towers in the Arlington social housing development

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From: Jo Bailey

Dear Wellington City Council,

I would like to access any documents relating to the consideration of the heritage value of George Porter Towers in the Arlington social housing development. In addition, I would like information around potential redevelopment options considered (not demolition, but refurbishment) for the towers. I would like to know if any opinions on its significance architecturally, as a heritage building, landmark, or worth (or otherwise) have been expressed by the council or its officials.

Ngā mihi.

Jo Bailey.

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From: BUS: Assurance
Wellington City Council

Dear Jo

 

Thank you for your email dated 29 April 2019 requesting information
relating to George Porter Towers.

 

Our team will manage your request under the Local Government Official
Information and Meetings Act 1987 which requires us to respond as soon as
possible, but no later than 27 May 2019.

 

The reference number for your request is IRO-8401.

 

Please contact me if you have any further questions.

 

Kind regards

 

Jessica Hall
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From: Ian Hunter
Wellington City Council

Dear Jo,

 

Thank you for your email to the Council received on 29 April 2019 in which
you requested information relating to the heritage value of the George
Porter Tower in the Arlington social housing development.

 

Under section 13 of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings
Act 1987, the Council is required to provide you with a decision on your
request within 20 working days.

 

I can advise that your request is granted and for no cost.

 

I can advise that your request is being progressed and I anticipate the
information will be available by 4 June 2019.

 

Should you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.

 

Kind regards,

Ian.

 

 

Ian Hunter
Assurance Advisor | Complaints and Information Assurance | Governance and
Assurance Directorate | Wellington City Council
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From: Ian Hunter
Wellington City Council

Dear Jo,

 

Thank you for your email to the Council received on 29 April 2019 in which
you requested information relating to the George Porter Tower at the
Arlington Social Housing Development. Thank you also for your patience
whilst this request has been progressed.

 

As you asked a number of questions I will address these in the order of
your email.

 

1) “I would like access to any documents relating to the consideration of
the heritage value of George Porter Towers in the Arlington social housing
development”.

 

I can advise the George Porter tower is not listed in the current District
Plan as a heritage building and the Council holds no reports in respect of
its heritage value.

 

2) “I would like information around potential redevelopment options
considered (not demolition, but refurbishment) for the towers”

 

Unfortunately, I have been unable to forward these documents to you
electronically due to their size. However, I can make these documents
available on a USB to collect from the Council’s Reception at 113 The
Terrace, or I can post them to you if you would like to provide a postal
address?

 

If you could advise on how you would prefer to receive this information it
would be much appreciated.

 

3) “I would like to know if any opinions on its significance
architecturally, as a heritage building, landmark, or worth (or otherwise)
have been expressed by the Council or its officials”

 

I have been unable to locate any opinion expressed by the Council or its
officials in respect of the heritage or architectural significance of this
building.

 

Kind regards,

Ian

 

 

Ian Hunter
Assurance Advisor | Complaints and Information Assurance | Governance and
Assurance Directorate | Wellington City Council
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From: Jo Bailey

Dear Ian Hunter,

Thank you for your response.
You can forward the information to PO Box 756, Wellington 7140, Aotearoa New Zealand.
Can I also request any correspondence by officers about George Porter Towers?

Ngā mihi,

Jo Bailey

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From: Ian Hunter
Wellington City Council

Good morning Jo,

Thank you for providing an address for the documents to be sent to; much appreciated. I'll send these out to you today.

With respect to your request for any correspondence between officers regarding the George Porter Tower I will progress this for you and respond in due course.

Kind regards,
Ian.

Ian Hunter
Assurance Advisor | Complaints and Information Assurance | Governance and Assurance Directorate | Wellington City Council
P 04 803 8315 | M 021 227 8315 |
E [email address] | W Wellington.govt.nz | |

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From: Jo Bailey

Dear Mr Hunter,

I have yet to get any documents from you regarding George Porter Towers. Please can you arrange an electronic transfer of these asap? You have my email address. Dropbox, Google Drive or any other download service such as WeTransfer would be fine. This request is long overdue.

Yours sincerely,

Jo Bailey

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From: Ian Hunter
Wellington City Council

Hello,

I'm currently away from the office until 8 July 2019.
In my absence, could you please contact the Assurance Team via the following: [email address]

Kind regards
Ian
Complaints and Information Assurance Team.

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From: Ian Hunter
Wellington City Council

Good afternoon Jo,

Just following up on your email below, could you advise whether this relates to the documents I sent out to you by mail on 6 June 2019 or your further request for information relating to correspondence between officers?

If you could advise I will follow up on this for you.

Kind regards,
Ian.

Ian Hunter
Assurance Advisor | Complaints and Information Assurance | Governance and Assurance Directorate | Wellington City Council
P 04 803 8315 | M 021 227 8315 |
E [email address] | W Wellington.govt.nz | |

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From: Jo Bailey

Dear Ian Hunter,

I have yet to receive any documents at all (though I have been away since the 6th).

Ngā mihi.

Jo Bailey

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From: Ian Hunter
Wellington City Council

Good morning Jo,

Thanks for getting back to me on this one, much appreciated.

I'd sent out the USB to the PO box address you provided. If you could check that address and let me know if it's not been delivered I will arrange for the information to be sent out to you again.

I'll also follow up on you further request for correspondence.

Kind regards,
Ian.

Ian Hunter
Assurance Advisor | Complaints and Information Assurance | Governance and Assurance Directorate | Wellington City Council
P 04 803 8315 | M 021 227 8315 |
E [email address] | W Wellington.govt.nz | |

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From: BUS: Assurance
Wellington City Council

Good morning Jo,

I was just following up on your earlier message regarding the information sent out to you on 6 June 29019 and wondering if you had located this?

I have also followed up with the Housing Development Team in respect of your request for "any correspondence by officers about George Porter Towers".

Given the number of documents relating to the Arlington site; most of which make some mention of the George Porter Tower, this is potentially a sizable request which would cover many years of documents. In order to provide you with the correct information would it be possible for you to refine your request please? For example; are you seeking information relating specifically to the George Porter Tower (or some aspect of it), or seeking information for a specific time period?

If you would like to give me a call to discuss I will try and get this information for you as soon as possible.

Kind regards,
Ian.

Ian Hunter
Assurance Advisor | Complaints and Information Assurance | Governance and Assurance Directorate | Wellington City Council
P 04 803 8315 | M 021 227 8315 |
E [email address] | W Wellington.govt.nz | |

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From: Jo Bailey

Kia ora Ian,

I'm just back from overseas and I can confirm the information has NOT been received. You can resent it to my work address at the School of Design, Massey University, Mount Cook, Wellington 6021 or send digitally (preferred).

Specifically, I would like to know about any advice the council has received or correspondence (internally or externally) on GPT as a historically notable building (or otherwise), potential for redevelopment, costs of redevelopment (including earthquake strengthening), consideration given to securing its future (or not – suggestions about demolition). Basically, information that suggests a preference for, or against, retaining George Porter Towers, especially regarding the most recent masterplan.

Regards.

Jo.

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"Good afternoon Jo, thank you for following up on this one, much appreciated. Hopefully you can access these files. I'll follow up with City Housing in respect of further correspondence. Kind regards, Ian"
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From: Jo Bailey

Dear Mr Hunter,

I am still awaiting further information about correspondence from officers. I am more than happy to wade through documents, but if it helps to narrow things in the short term, I want to identify what work has been done to assess the appropriateness for refurbishment/reuse of GPT (for instance investigations of seismic risk/what would be required to get it to code), any mention of demolition of GPT (including preference, or otherwise of officers/officials for this outcome), and any work that has been done to assess its value from a heritage perspective.

Yours sincerely,

Jo Bailey

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From: Ian Hunter
Wellington City Council

Dear Ms Bailey,

 

The Council recently received notification from the Office of the
Ombudsman in respect of your request for information relating to the
Arlington re-development and the George Porter Tower in which you outlined
your concerns that:

 

“The documents I do have suggest that they had advice that it was a
notable building, but decided to knock it down anyway, and I’d like to
know why through seeing the advice they received on potential
strengthening and reuse”.

 

The Housing Development Team have carried out another search of the
documents relating to the Arlington site though have been unable to locate
anything further.

 

Would it be possible to advise which document(s) you are referring to
which suggest further information may be held? If you could clarify this
we will endeavour to locate any information that may be outstanding.

 

Kind regards,

Ian

 

Ian Hunter
Assurance Advisor | Complaints and Information Assurance | Governance and
Assurance Directorate | Wellington City Council
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