There are a few (maybe 7 or 8) of these small hatches in partitions. They are thick wooden doors probably filled with insulant (charcoal?) and were obviously hatches between freezer space and general space. I don't know if layouts exist or if an archaeological assessment of the layout has been done. The building, despite its significance (the first purpose built freezing "factory - not associated with a meat killing/processing works built in NZ) it has been abused and neglected and partly destroyed.
Its use in the 1960s and 70s?? for a timber treatment plant has rendered it contaminated and will make it difficult to rehabilitate. In addition the use of forklift trucks inside the building has resulted in many broken roof trusses. Something of a tragedy.
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