The former school at Kukupa is a rare surviving example of an early Canterbury school building.

Former Kukupa Side School and Setting, 380 Pettigrews Road, Pigeon BayFormer Kukupa side school and setting, 380 Pettigrews Road, Pigeon Bay

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Heritage status

District Plan: Significant.

Heritage New Zealand: Category 2.

Conservation plan Yes.
Authenticity Medium.
Current status Closed, authorised engineer access only.
Repair status Awaiting repair.
Geographic level of significance National.
Community Board Banks Peninsula.
Restrictions Refer to legislation and guiding documentation below.
Land title Rural Section 40393, CB29B/853, Fee Simple, 4911m2.
District plan zoning Open Space Community Parks Zone.
Pre-earthquake use Not occupied. Prior to that Commercial (residential).

Operating as a school from 1878 until 1949. In 1951 the building opened as the first stand-alone Youth Hostel Association hostel in New Zealand.


Kukupa Side School is susceptible to deterioration due to rodents, weathering and vandalism and requires regular monitoring. Regular maintenance with gutter cleans are ongoing.

Meets new building standard >67% Unknown.
Environment Canterbury hazardous activities and industries list information (HAIL) Not listed as a HAIL site as of November 2017.
Reports available None.
Estimated minimum cost to restore $250,000 (This figure is not based on actual engineering costs but is indicative only from preliminary investigations).



District plan heritage status - significant

To be categorised as meeting the level of ‘Significant’, the historic heritage shall: meet at least one of the heritage values in Appendix link)(external link)(external link) at a significant or highly significant level; and be of significance to the Christchurch District (and may also be of significance nationally or internationally), because it conveys aspects of the Christchurch District’s cultural and historical themes and activities, and thereby contributes to the Christchurch District’s sense of place and identity; and have a moderate degree of authenticity (based on physical and documentary evidence) to justify that it is of significance to the Christchurch District; and have a moderate degree of integrity (based on how whole or intact it is) to clearly demonstrate that it is of significance to the Christchurch District.

Meets new building standard >67%

% NBS is essentially the assessed structural standard achieved in the building (taking into consideration all reasonably available information) compared with requirements for a new building and expressed as a percentage. There are several steps involved in determining %NBS, as outlined in the following sections.

A %NBS of less than 34 (the limit in the legislation is actually one third) means that the building is assessed as potentially earthquake prone in terms of the Building Act and a more detailed evaluation of it will typically be required.

A %NBS of 34 or greater means that the building is regarded as outside the requirements of the earthquake prone building provisions of the Building Act. No further action on this building will be required by law. However, if %NBS is less than 67 it will still be considered as representing an unacceptable risk and further work on it is recommended.

A %NBS of 67 or greater means that the building is not considered to be a significant earthquake risk.

Environment Canterbury hazardous activities and industries list information

Environment Canterbury manages information about land that is, or has been, associated with the use, storage or disposal of hazardous substances. This is called the Hazardous Activities and Industries List (HAIL). The HAIL has 53 different activities, and includes land uses such as fuel storage sites, orchards, timber treatment yards, landfills, sheep dips and any other activities where hazardous substances could cause land and water contamination.

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