Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Wellington Mayor: the Game Has Changed

1 March 2011

Wellington Mayor: the Game Has Changed

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the review of Wellington City Council’s earthquake policies will be informed by the experience of Christchurch.

A briefing on the City Council’s earthquake policies and implementation, and the parameters of the review, is scheduled to be considered by Councillors later this month (March).

Wellington City Council decided to review its quake policies after last September’s Canterbury quake.

“The Christchurch disaster has changed the game in terms of the impact of earthquakes both in New Zealand and globally – and I want full data to inform further decisions about Wellington’s quake risk, injury prevention and recovery.”

“It is also wise to coordinate our approach to any review with the inquiry into the Christchurch quake - announced yesterday by the Prime Minister.”

Mayor Wade-Brown, who holds the City Council’s Emergency Management Portfolio, says the Council is “well down the track” in terms of its review of potentially earthquake-risk buildings required under the Building Act 2004. More than 2600 ‘initial evaluation process’ exercises have been completed from an inventory of some 3800 potentially earthquake-risk buildings around the city.

Of these, 1472 buildings have been found not to be quake-prone, 1006 have been declared potentially quake-prone, and 161 confirmed as quake-prone and thus requiring strengthening work.

Mayor Wade-Brown says it is well known that hundreds of buildings around the city have been strengthened over the past two decades – including major public buildings like Parliament, the Embassy, the City Gallery and the Town Hall.

“We’re strengthening the Council’s rental housing stock, the City to Sea Bridge and also undertaking seismic assessments of the Council’s own Municipal Office Building in Civic Square and the Town Hall – which may have to be strengthened again to meet the requirements of the Building Act 2004.

“In terms of our scheduled review, I want officers to step back and gather the best-possible information about what’s happened in Christchurch.

Cr Iona Pannett, the Council’s Built Environment Portfolio Leader, says she will press for the review to consider “the big issues of heritage protection and retaining Wellington’s sense of place – along with the obvious need to enhance the resilience of the city’s business community and its residents.”

Mayor Wade-Brown says that, in conjunction with the Government and a number of national agencies (including engineering, heritage and architecture interests), there is a need for a national approach to development in a seismically-active environment.

“We have to assemble data and information about issues as varied as liquefaction, heritage - and the huge issue that relates to the affordability and cost allocation of strengthening private and public buildings and infrastructure.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On First Time Voting (Centre Right)

For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.

One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:

As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.

But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

SURVEILLANCE:

Election Ad Soundtrack: Rapper Eminem Sues National Party Over Copyright Breach

US rapper Eminem is suing the New Zealand National Party for alleged copyright infringement over unauthorised use of the rapper’s ‘Lose Yourself’ song in an election campaign advertisement. More>>

ALSO:

Pre-Election Chartering: Four New Partnership Schools To Open

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the Government has signed contracts to open four new Partnership Schools in 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf 50 Out Now - The Election Issue: Loss Leaders

Gordon Campbell: A third term requires a mature decision, with eyes wide open. It calls for a conscious vote of confidence… Without trying hard here are about 19 reasons, in no particular order, for not ticking ‘party vote’ National. More>>

ALSO:

Not-Especially New Plans: All Prisons To Become Working Prisons Under National

All public prisons in New Zealand will become full working prisons by 2017, and ex-prisoners will receive post-release drug addiction treatment if National is returned to government, says Corrections Spokesperson Anne Tolley. More>>

ALSO:

Māngere: "False Claim Of Matai Title" - Labour

National must explain why its candidate for Māngere Misa Fia Turner appears to be using a Matai title she is not entitled to, Labour’s MP for Māngere and Pacific Islands Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio says. A Matai title is a legally-recognised ... More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: No New Zealand Child Should Grow Up In Poverty

Child Poverty Action Group's flagship policy publication Our Children, Our Choice: Priorities for Policy calls for cross party political agreement to underpin an action plan to eliminate child poverty in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On National’s Phantom Tax Cut Package

Hmmm. So National’s tax cuts package turns out to be one of those television advertisements that screams a headline promise – perfect skin! a youth tonic that works! – while in very small print there’s an out clause: special conditions may apply. More>>

ALSO:

Water: New Marine Reserves On West Coast Opened

Five new marine reserves were officially opened by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith on the West Coast of the South Island to protect a range of marine ecosystems for conservation, science and recreation. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news