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CentrePort welcomes Government inquiry into buildings

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2016

CENTREPORT WELCOMES GOVERNMENT INQUIRY INTO BUILDINGS

CentrePort says it welcomes the Government’s announcement that it will commission a technical investigation into the performance of several modern buildings during Monday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

Chairman Lachie Johnstone says the company is working closely with officials from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment on the investigation which covers Statistics House, which was built in 2005 and suffered damage in Monday’s quake.

“We’re taking an open and transparent and collaborative approach to the inquiry working alongside MBIE, Statistics NZ and Wellington City Council.

“Structural engineers have conducted a preliminary inspection of the damaged ‘T’ shaped floor slabs in the North West corner of the first and second floors.

“We know that the earthquake was a very large event that impacted large parts of the port and the CBD, and we’re in the process of assessing the damage and understanding what happened to our buildings and infrastructure.

“An independent expert inquiry will help us find the answers to these important questions and provide lessons for policy makers and others.”

CentrePort is co-owned by the Greater Wellington Regional Council (via its subsidiaries WRC Holdings Limited and Port Investments Limited), which has a 76.4 per cent share; and Horizons Regional Council (via MWRC Holdings Limited), which holds a 23.6 per cent share.

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