The future of Hokitika's historic museum building is uncertain after seismic testing found it to be high risk in an earthquake.
The Hokitika Museum
Source: ONE News
Engineers assessed the Carnegie Building on Hamilton Street as meeting just 12 per cent of the National Building Standard, which means it has to be closed for business.
"Museum staff have been relocated into the safer rear part of the facility, which meets the minimum standard for safety under the Building Act," Westland District Council's acting chief executive Vivek Goel said.
He said the council will be working with various stakeholders to decide how best to continue to store the museum's items, while options for repairing the building are considered.