Top Scoops

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

 

Insurance won't cover Wellington library fix - mayor


Wellingtonians are on the hook to strengthen or demolish the city's central library, with the city's mayor conceding insurers are not liable for the cost.

the pop up library
in manners st

Photo: RNZ / Michael Cropp

A new pop-up library is opening today, nine weeks after the central library was closed when it was deemed earthquake-prone. Its floors are at risk of falling down in a big quake.

the fenced off main
entrance to the central library

Wellington central library was shut overnight
in March. Photo: RNZ / Kymberlee Fernandes

Mayor Justin Lester said because that earthquake rating was a result of how it was built and designed, rather than of damage, insurers would not be liable.

"There is no insurance claim on this building. There's been no structural damage to the building, any damage that occurred after 2016 was superficial and that was all fixed," he said.



Councillors would be briefed on whether to strengthen or demolish the central library within a fortnight, Mr Lester said.

Meanwhile, the city's first pop-up library branch opens today.

Arapaki will have about 7500 items on its shelves, with another 5000 nearby - and close to 200,000 available throughout the branch network.

It does not quite match the 350,000 items at the now shut central library, but councillors and librarians say it's a good start.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

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:

Lyndon Hood: Better Analogies For National Pilfering Budget Data

After the Treasury Secretary's tragically doomed effort provide a metaphorical image for the budget data breach, and the rash of media attempts that followed, we never got an analogy that really covers all the bases. Until now. More>>

ALSO:

Resignation Of Metiria Turei: Were Journalists 'Just Doing Their Job'?

In our research we examined the role of journalism in animating the Turei controversy and the different perceptions of professional journalists and online commentators sympathetic to Turei’s left politics. ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Extradition Of Julian Assange

It isn’t necessary to like Julian Assange to think that his extradition to the US (on the charge of aiding and abetting Chelsea Manning) would be a major injustice... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog