Councils from Hurunui (between Christchurch & Kaikoura) to Wellington have identified 38 streets where building owners need to secure unreinforced masonry façades & parapets within a year.
Building & Construction Minister Nick Smith said today: “The Kaikoura earthquake has increased the seismic risks in Wellington, Lower Hutt, Blenheim & Hurunui over the next 3 years. It is therefore prudent to require them to be secured and to help building owners with funding of these high risk, unreinforced masonry parapets & façades to secure them.
“The 38 streets have been selected by the councils on the basis of pedestrian & vehicular traffic and where the risks from unreinforced masonry parapets & façades are greatest. The next step is for councils to formally notify the building owners affected. Some owners may already have taken corrective work.
“The Government has established a $3 million fund to help building owners with the cost of securing the parapets & facades.”
Dr Smith said all 4 mayors had confirmed their councils would make financial contributions to this fund, raising it to about $4.5 million. The fund will be used to provide a 50% subsidy for the work up to a maximum grant of $15,000 for a façade and $10,000 for a parapet.
Full list of streets
Attribution: Ministerial release.