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

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news