Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Auckland, Southern Councils join on Quake Prone Buildings

[Joint Dunedin City Council and Waitaki District Council media release]

Auckland, Southern Councils join on Earthquake Prone Buildings

Auckland and Southern Councils have come together in response to proposed Government changes to earthquake Building rules. Auckland Mayor Len Brown and Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull have written to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee considering the Building (Earthquake-Prone Buildings) Amendment Bill to express their concerns with the proposals.

“We have identified some common issues which we believe need serious consideration by the select committee,” says Len Brown. “It is clear that further work is needed and we encourage select committee members to act on these submissions before the Bill is passed into law.”

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull and spokesperson for the Southern Councils welcomes the support from Len Brown, saying that it adds even greater impetus to the submissions.

“There has been a great deal of cooperation between our Southern Councils in bringing this submission together. Having the support of the Mayor of Auckland sends a strong message that the proposed changes to the legislation will have significant impacts for rural, provincial and metropolitan centres across the country,” says Mayor Cull.

“We believe the Auckland and joint Southern Councils send a strong message to the Select Committee and we look forward to discussing our submissions with them.”

Waitaki District Mayor Gary Kircher acknowledges that, while a submission from the largest council in New Zealand may vary somewhat to a joint submission from rural and provincial councils in the South Island, there is common ground.

“As we have stated in the past, we are all fully committed to ensuring our buildings are safe and that any strengthening work is carried out in a pragmatic way. We believe local solutions can be found at a local level.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



1080 Threat: Police Arrest 60 Year Old Auckland Man

New Zealand Police have arrested a 60-year-old Auckland businessman in relation to the criminal blackmail threat to poison infant formula with 1080, made public in March this year. More>>


Canterbury Transition Bill First Reading: Government Hiding From ECan Submissions

The Government has radically reduced the amount of time for public submissions on their controversial ECan bill, says Labour’s Environment spokesperson Megan Woods... “Their shortened timeline could mean that instead of the usual six weeks, Cantabrians get just one week to submit their views on the bill." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Our Apparent Inability To Stand Up To Australia

Alas, and only days before the first meeting between our Prime Minister John Key and the new Australian leader Malcolm Turnbull, this country is showing no sign of standing up for itself. Quite the reverse. We seem to be rolling over, and making gestures of appeasement. More>>


Health Not-So-Many Benefits: Auditor-General On Scrapped Cost-Saving Plan

The Auditor-General decided to look into the costs and benefits of HBL’s work in the health sector and, where possible, identify lessons... We found that several factors contributed to the difficulties that befell HBL and, in particular, the Finance, Procurement and Supply Chain (FPSC) programme. More>>


Wikileaks: TPP Intellectual Property Rights Chapter Released

“If TPP is ratified, people in the Pacific-Rim countries would have to live by the rules in this leaked text,” said Peter Maybarduk, Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines Program Director. “The new monopoly rights for big pharmaceutical firms would compromise access to medicines in TPP countries. The TPP would cost lives.” More>>


Redundancies: 120 Laws To Be Repealed

The Statutes Repeal Bill will remove 120 pieces of superfluous legislation, and parts of eight other acts. It is being consulted on before it is introduced to Parliament. “The proposed Bill would reduce the total number of public Acts in force by more than 10%,” Mr Joyce says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On John Key’s Trip To Iraq

In the embedded press coverage on this trip, the absence so far of any evaluation of the wider context of what New Zealand thinks it is doing at Camp Taji has been striking. More>>


Labour: Parata Puts Brakes On Charter School Appraisal

“When the Ministry of Education recommended they compare the achievements of children at charter schools to those of their counterparts at state schools, the documents show Hekia Parata specifically prohibited them from doing so." More>>


Bad Day For Universities: Gun, Bomb Threats On Three Campuses

Dunedin Police are continuing their investigation into the threat made against the University of Otago. Staff are following a number of lines of inquiry, and police are working to verify the authenticity and source of the post. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news