Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Canterbury guidance for residential retaining walls released

Hon Dr Nick Smith

Minister for Building and Construction
4 July 2014 Media Statement
Canterbury guidance for residential retaining walls released

Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith today released post-earthquake technical engineering guidance on the seismic design of residential retaining walls in Christchurch’s Port Hills.

“This new technical guidance is critical to supporting the rebuild. It will help ensure retaining walls are built to a high standard and will assist in resolving what is required to repair properties and houses,” Dr Smith says.

The guidance forms part of the residential guidance document from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) on repairing and rebuilding houses affected by the Canterbury earthquakes. It has been developed following a robust process involving expert consultation, international research and studies into how retaining walls performed in the Port Hills during the earthquakes.

“There is little formal guidance for the seismic design of retaining walls for residential properties at present. MBIE’s technical guidance provides high-level principles which will help deliver design solutions that comply with the Building Code. These solutions will give homeowners’ confidence that the rebuild and repair solutions are technically sound and meet New Zealand Building Code requirements,” Dr Smith says.

“This new guidance is particularly important for the Port Hills community where hundreds of these structures were damaged and millions of dollars of repairs are required. The benefits of this new guidance will be in retaining walls that are adequately designed to resist future earthquakes. It is part of our work to build a better and safer Christchurch.”

The guidance can be accessed at: http://dbh.govt.nz/guidance-on-repairs-after-earthquake-updates.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Climate Marches: New Zealanders March For Solutions Not Pollution

Ahead of the UN Climate Summit in Paris more than 15,000 New Zealanders have taken part in the Peoples Climate march in Auckland, kicking off the largest climate mobilisation the world has ever seen... More>>


Labour: Little Announces New Shadow Cabinet

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of. This reshuffle rewards hard work and continues my drive to renew our Caucus line up." More>>


Because Reasons: Someone Reckons David Seymour Is Politician Of The Year

Trans Tasman's 11th annual Roll Call has thrown a curve ball this year, ignoring the likes of John Key, Bill English, and Winston Peters to pick its politician of the year from the ranks of the new generation. More>>


Whaling: NZ Deeply Disappointed By Japan's Decision

“New Zealand is strongly opposed to whaling in the Southern Ocean. We call on Japan to take heed of the 2014 International Court of Justice decision and international scientific advice concerning their whaling activities.” More>>


Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news