Queenstown Plunket needs $100k to fix leaky building

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Wakatipu Plunket is looking for public support after Queenstown Lakes District Council declined to give the organisation $100,000 to fix its leaky building. 

The Wakatipu branch asked for a grant from the council, which considered the request last week. 

Plunket is disappointed, Wakatipu Plunket branch president Juliet Eckford says. 

“Significant repairs are required to our premises at Henry St in Queenstown, and the branch and trust are currently considering the options to continue to provide the very best for parents and under-fives.” 

Queenstown Lakes District Council Mayor Vanessa van Uden says the council considered the request. 

“As we do not provide funding for repairs to buildings that we don’t own, the request did not meet our criteria for support.” 

The Henry St centre has leaks throughout the building and drainage problems with its spouting. 

A building inspection in May pinpointed issues with the building. 

“It’s just really about cracks in the cladding that have made the building so leaky,” Plunket spokesperson Ella Wilson says.

“Now it’s just a matter of getting a quote.” 

Plunket on Monday decided to put together a sub-committee to figure out how to proceed. 

“We have to go for grants, any place we can go. We might go to local businesses to see if we can get some support from the community.” 

Queenstown business BNI Gold recently donated $1000 towards Plunket. 

“It would be good to get public support.” 

“I think it’s important to be in town because it’s vital to the community.”