Ministry racks up rent bill as dispute over vacated office drags on

Ministry racks up rent bill as dispute over vacated office drags on
The lights are on but nobody's home at the education ministry's abandoned head office. (Image: NZME)
Jem Traylen
The Ministry of Education is still embroiled in a dispute with a landlord nearly two years after an engineer’s report led the department to evacuate its head office. The disagreement has now gone to arbitration and concerns the Wellington building known as Mātauranga House, which is a reference to the ministry’s te reo name. The property at 33 Bowen St, next to the Reserve Bank, previously housed the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.In 2019, the building was sold to Wellington Investment Group for $82 million wit...

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