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

 


Earthquake strengthening consultation paper "alarmist "

Ministry’s earthquake strengthening consultation paper alarmist and misleading

Proposals released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in December 2012 on the earthquake strengthening of existing buildings, used a test of ‘earthquake prone’ building which is much more severe than defined in law, leading to the incorrect conclusion that there are 15,000 to 25,000 earthquake prone buildings in New Zealand likely to collapse in a moderate earthquake.

“In fact very few buildings are likely to collapse in a moderate earthquake” said Ian Harrison, Principal at tailrisk economics and author of a research paper examining the government proposals released today.

Some councils are currently using the test to designate earthquake prone buildings, causing building owners to incur substantial unnecessary costs. It is likely that most of their designations would not survive a legal challenge.

“Also”, Harrison said, “the proposals will save only 0.25 lives a year at a cost of over $4 billion. If this money was put into road safety it could possibly save over 20 lives a year”.

Harrison’s paper focuses on the cost benefit analysis of the proposal, starting with the Ministry expert’s own analysis which shows the costs are 50 times the benefits. Harrison found the cost benefit ratio for earthquake strengthening in Auckland to be 1762. For the proposals to be beneficial to society the costs need to be less than the benefits.

Harrison’s paper recommends the government scrap the current proposals and develop earthquake strengthening standards and policies which are based on sound, transparent and disinterested analysis. He also recommends councils withdraw earthquake prone classifications which are not based on the legal definition of earthquake prone.

Link to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employments proposals document: www.dbh.govt.nz/consultingon-epbp-consultation-document

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gaza.Scoop: UNRWA School, Ambulances Attacked - Gaza MOH

The Ministry of Health Gaza expresses its horror and outrage at the latest Israeli massacre moments ago at an UNRWA school sheltering displaced persons in Beit Hanoun. Ten people have been killed and there is a large number of wounded. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Gaza And Burning The Israeli Flag

One of the selling points in New Zealand’s campaign for a temporary seat on the Security Council is that we have a pluckily independent voice to offer on international conflicts.

This image is not entirely self-delusional. When we did occupy a temporary UN Security Council seat in the 1990s, New Zealand was forthright about the need for the international community to actively respond to the Rwanda genocide. On April 14, 1994, New Zealand, Nigeria and the Czech Republic were the only nations to call for a forceful UN intervention to halt the killings. It was a proud moment in the diplomatic record of the Bolger government.

What then, is the current National government doing with respect to the slaughter in Gaza? More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Minister Told Of FBI Investigation, Says INZ: Coleman Must Quit Or Be Sacked Over Dotcom Case - Harré

Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. More>>

ALSO:

Valedictory Season: Maori Party Founders Say Goodbye

Two major Maori MPs gave there farewell speeches to Parliament Thursday outlining their history, experiences, triumphs and regrets. More>>

ALSO:

Resignation Not Accepted: Transport Minister Breaches Aviation Security Rules

"Running late for a plane at Christchurch Airport, I without thought breached airport and airline security rules by entering the gate lounge through a door usually used for exit only..." More>>

ALSO:

TAIC Report: Urgent Recommendations After Melling Rail Accident

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made four urgent recommendations to KiwiRail following the accident two months ago (27 May) when a Matangi passenger train collided with a stop block at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. More>>

ALSO:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news