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

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing:
John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider.

The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.

It was hard work but in the end we kept more than 300 skilled and well-paid jobs in New Zealand. And we managed to benefit Air New Zealand and its workforce with productivity gains too... More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Transport: Auckland Looks To Light Rail

The Board of Auckland Transport has called for an investigation into a light rail network, which could relieve traffic congestion on some of the region’s busiest roads. This stems from work in 2012 (the City Centre Future Access study) which responded to a government request to develop a robust and achievable solution for access to the CBD. More>>

ALSO:

RMA: Smith's Claims Don't Match Evidence - Greens

The Motu group’s research into the impacts of planning rules looked at the costs related to housing development but not the benefits of environmental protections and does not recommend significant changes to the RMA to reduce the cost of new house builds. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Similarities Between John Key And David Cameron

For years now, David Cameron has been the closest available thing to a mentor/analogue to our Prime Minister, such that Key watchers could be interested in an analysis of Cameron that appeared in the British press over the Christmas break. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Ian Fletcher Resignation & GCSB’s New Role

It may well be that after being shoulder-tapped in Queensland for the GCSB job, three years of living in Wellington has been enough for Fletcher and his family, given that the pending review of the GCSB would have required an even longer commitment from him. Three years of Wellington’s weather is enough for anyone... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news