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Earthquake-prone buildings – first public meeting

Media release


4 February 2013

Earthquake-prone buildings – first public meeting on change proposals


The first of seven regional public information meetings on the Ministry’s proposals to improve the earthquake-prone buildings policy system will be held in Wellington tomorrow evening (5 February).

The meeting, from 7-9 pm at the Michael Fowler Centre, will be hosted by Wellington City Council. Minister of Building and Construction Hon Maurice Williamson and Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown will attend.

The meetings are an opportunity for the public to ask questions about the change proposals, set out in the Ministry’s consultation document Building Seismic Performance, available at the web address below. The proposals are for a consistent national approach to dealing with earthquake-prone buildings. In essence, they require:

• all non-residential and multi-unit, multi-storey residential buildings to have a seismic capacity assessment within five years of the changes taking effect, and this information to be made publicly available on a register

• all earthquake-prone buildings be strengthened, or demolished, within 15 years of the changes taking effect (up to five years for local authorities to complete seismic capacity assessments, followed by 10 years for owners to strengthen or demolish buildings), compared to an estimated 28 years (on average) under the current system

The consultation runs until 5pm on Friday 8 March. The Ministry encourages submitters to use the online response form at the web address above. Submissions on some or all of the questions are welcome. A 15-minute video explaining the proposed changes can also be viewed on the website http://www.dbh.govt.nz/earthquake-prone-buildings-consultation-video.

The regional public information meetings will comprise a short presentation on the proposals, followed by questions and answers. A full schedule is appended.

More information on the earthquake-prone buildings policy review and consultation is available at www.dbh.govt.nz.

URL: www.dbh.govt.nz/consultingon-epbp


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Appendix: Schedule of Regional Public Information Meetings


Wellington regional meeting5-Feb7.00 - 9.00pmMichael Fowler Centre111 Wakefield Street, Wellington
Auckland regional meeting12-Feb5.30 - 7.30pmAuckland CouncilCouncil Chambers, Ground Floor, 301 Queen Street, Auckland Central
Central North Island meeting14-Feb5.30 - 7.30pmConvention Centre354 Main St, Palmerston North
Canterbury regional meeting19-Feb6.00 - 8.00pmTemplin Hall, Canterbury Horticultural CentreHagley Park, 57 Riccarton Avenue, Addington, Christchurch
Otago regional meeting21-Feb5.30 -7.30pmOtago University Lecture Theatre Burns 1364 Leith Walk, North Dunedin
Waikato regional meeting25-Feb5.30 -7.30pmHamilton City CouncilThe Reception Lounge, Ground Floor, Council Chamber Municipal Building, Garden Place, Hamilton
Hawkes Bay regional meeting26-Feb5.30 - 7.30pmNapier City CouncilCouncil Chambers, 2nd Floor, Napier City Council Civic Building, Napier

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