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Bulldozing begins on Art Deco property but is promptly stoped thanks to last-minute injunction

Bulldozing begins on Art Deco property but is promptly stoped thanks to last-minute injunction

After a bulldozer yesterday began to tear down the cottage located at number 10 Turua street—one of the three Art Deco houses in St Heliers facing demolition—came news 15 minutes later that the Environment Court has granted an injunction on the demolition of the properties. 

The injunction is valid until 4pm this coming Monday and will enable the Save Our St Heliers Group to make their case before the court on the Monday. 

Not surprisingly, there’s anger that the demolition had got underway. 

“Mike Markham knew this matter was before a Judge and yet raced to bring the buildings down,” says the Save Turua Street group on its Facebook page. 

The New Zealand Herald reports the groups court costs will be paid by Auckland businessman Barry Colman. 

Colman told the NZPA a recommended heritage assessment was never carried out and that the council was given the wrong data form which it granted permission to commence demolition.

"Someone is telling porkies here. Either these are heritage buildings or they are not."

Pictures of the demolition of number 10 follow.