Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Wellington cuts some buildings' quake-strengthening deadline

High-risk Wellington buildings handed shorter quake-strengthening deadline

Owners of Wellington buildings on key arterial routes must strengthen their properties in less than a decade to minimise disruption in a large quake.

Houses in Wellington. (file photo) Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

Councillors agreed today to give building owners on these streets 7.5 years to strengthen and fix them, instead of the usual 15 years.

The decision affects 216 earthquake prone buildings.

A city councillor, Iona Pannett, said public safety was paramount.

"The driving force behind the act is about public safety. Given that nearly 40 people tragically lost their lives in Christchurch because of falling masonry, it was decided to look at this type of building," she said.

Owners of priority buildings are to be notified by December.

Wellington Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Milford said there was unlikely to be any major pushback from owners.

However, he said individually owned and tenanted building owners may find it a struggle.

"You will not get huge pushback from the commercial owners ... I think where the challenge will be, will be on those tenanted individually owned units and their ability to actually undertake the work that's required," he said.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

There Is A Field: Reimagining Biodiversity In Aotearoa

We are in a moment of existential peril, with interconnected climate and biodiversity crises converging on a global scale to drive most life on Earth to the brink of extinction… These massive challenges can, however, be reframed as a once in a lifetime opportunity to fundamentally change how humanity relates to nature and to each other. Read on The Dig>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Barriers Facing Female Politicians

On the current evidence though, voters are less likely to regard a female politician as ‘likeable’ than a male one, and – even worse – this perception tends to become a barrier that only female candidates in the main, have to face. More>>

The Detail: Britain's Trump Is Now Its Prime Minister

Guardian journalist James Murray says Boris Johnson wears the hat that works, depending on what he’s trying to achieve. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Trump’s Open White Nationalism

By telling those four elected, American born and/or raised women of colour to “go home”, US President Donald Trump’s racist agenda has come out of the shadows. More>>

ALSO:

Mediaversaries: 20 Years Of The Scoop Information Ecosystem

Scoop celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. To celebrate, we are offering 20% off all ScoopPro subscriptions, including the newly launched ScoopPro Citizen service for Citizen readers. More>>

ALSO: