CentrePort Ltd confirmed yesterday that Statistics House in Wellington would be demolished because of damage sustained in last November’s Kaikoura earthquake, now that insurers have decided the building is not economically viable to repair.
Building & Construction Minister Nick Smith said on Friday design standards & building laws would be reviewed in response to an investigation into structural damage to Statistics House in Wellington in the Kaikoura earthquake on 14 November.
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 listed 12 initiatives this week, not just to rebuild after earthquakes but to learn from the events and improve New Zealand’s resilience to future earthquakes.
Building & Construction Minister Nick Smith delivered a comprehensive address this week to a local audience on the steps being taken to improve management of earthquake risks.
Owners of 300 buildings in Wellington, Lower Hutt & Blenheim will be given a year to tie back unreinforced masonry façades & parapets.