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Defence building gains new lease on life

News: 5 December 2014

Work has begun to revive the historic General Officer In Command Headquarters building on the corner of Taranaki and Buckle Streets in Wellington, Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating announced today.

Image of the General Officer In Command Headquarters building in Wellington.

The work includes the repair and painting of the roof, replacing the guttering, and steam cleaning the brickwork. Hoardings currently on the building will also removed.

“The work on the building will be finished in time for the opening of Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in April 2015 and will feature imagery of First World War soldiers to complement centenary activity,” LTGEN Keating says.

The building, constructed between 1911 and 1913, was originally used as the Defence Stores Office. In 1930, it was extensively converted with the creation of office spaces to become the General Officer In Command Headquarters. The building has been used by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and other Government departments since that time but has been unoccupied for the last 22 years.

“The NZDF is working with Pukeahu architects on the long-term development of the Buckle Street site in keeping with the National War Memorial Park environs.

“We intend to develop a Reserves and Recruiting Centre, retaining as much as possible of the General Officer In Command Headquarters building’s heritage values in acknowledgement of the NZDF’s historic association with this site,” says LTGEN Keating.

Sarah Ingram, Heritage Services Branch Manager, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, has welcomed the decision to revive the historic GOC headquarters.

“We are very pleased that NZDF recognises the historic importance of the building and is taking steps to ensure that it is well presented when the Park is opened in April 2015,” says Sarah Ingram.

Updated on 23rd July 2015