Emergency service team could be stranded

Wellington emergency service staff could be stranded if their 1950s  seven-story municipal building did not survive an earthquake.  About 200 staff work in the building. That building – together with the 1904 Town Hall – do not meet modern earthquake standards according to a report published today by the Dominion Post.

Its been suggested that the City Council will allow property owners (including themselves) a very generous ten years in which to do the necessary work to get the buildings up to standard.

This sort of remedial work takes time and money.  It cannot be completed overnight.  However, one can’t help wondering if allowing ten years is in keeping with commonsense and good governance – particularly given events in Christchurch recently and the collapse of buildings completed before the 1976 building code came into force.

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