Previous Page

Hanna Block at King's School


King’s School has approval from the council to demolish the Hanna Block to make way for the construction of a new four storey 19 classroom block to meet 21st century student needs. The Hanna Block was originally built as a two storey dormitory block with bedrooms, bathrooms, changing rooms, workshops, games rooms and classrooms. It was built in 1936 and is named after Sam Hanna who was Chairman of the Board during the 1940s. A petition has been launched to stop the demolition of the Hanna Block. 

See also the Facebook page Save Kings School Hanna Block

The Hanna Block honours the memory two prominent Aucklanders – Samuel Jackson Hanna and Daniel Boys Patterson.

Sam Hanna served in both WWI and WWII, winning the Distinguished Service Cross in 1917 
“In recognition of his services with a Naval Armoured Car Squadron in Belgium, France, the Dobrudja and Galicia. He has carried out his duties as Assistant Adjutant and Adjutant with conspicuous success, and always shown himself to be a plucky, capable and unselfish officer.”
He lived at 9 Victoria Ave, Remuera with his parents and then at 24 Cotter Ave with his wife Freda. He was Chairman of the King’s School Board during the 1940s.

Daniel Boys Patterson was a notable Auckland architect. Along with the Hanna Block, he was responsible for the Remuera Fire Station (1928), The Auckland Savings Bank, Remuera (1962), Government House Auckland (1928), Mater Hospital (1936), the Patterson Wing of St John’s Theological College (1918) and St David’s Church, Khyber Pass (1926).

The following article also appeared in the New Zealand Herald: 

Classrooms with harbour views to replace 'heritage icon' at King's School 

New Zealand Herald 5:00 AM Monday June 15, 2015 

King's School today. 

Photo / Jason Dorday 

King's School in Auckland is to replace its old boarding house and clock tower with a $30 million glass-fronted building with views of Rangitoto Island. Earthquake concerns are behind the plan to demolish the Hanna Block and build a 5000sq m, four-storey, 19-classroom building at the Remuera primary school. Investigations into the earthquake safety of the school buildings found that the old block, built in the 1930s, complied with the new code but was compromised because of corrosion in its steel components. Principal Tony Sissons said it would cost $10 million to repair the block. "We decided that probably wasn't the best use of our funds, especially as that would mean we would be returning it to what it was built as - a boarding school arrangement and we don't have boarders any longer." Instead Mr Sissons said the school had decided to invest in a new block that would better suit the students' needs. "There is an opportunity now to invest wisely for the future ... into a 21st century building that will offer its students an environment that embraces new standards in teaching and learning." Mr Sissons said each classroom would have open and flexible teaching spaces to allow students to work on individual and group projects. There would also be several new music rooms. An artist's impression of the new Centennial Building shows a contemporary-style block with a predominantly glass exterior that gives clear views. Plans of the interior show open spaces, with high ceilings and colourful furniture. But not everyone is happy. 

An artist's Impression of the $30 million Centennial Building. 

A former pupil is disappointed to see the clock tower go. "It's a loss of a heritage icon ... to be bowling it down is a waste." Mr Sissons acknowledged these concerns but said the new design would retain a tower component and would also incorporate some of the historical aspects of the Hanna Block. "We have saved the clock, we particularly wanted to save that and it will find a new home somewhere in the building." He added that a robust review of the decision to demolish the block had been carried out - including going to the Hanna family. The block was named after Sam Hanna, chairman of the school board in the 1940s. Auckland Council manager heritage Noel Reardon confirmed the block was not under heritage protection. Construction is due to start in February.

Hanna Block from King's School website

Centennial Block from King's School website