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THE WELLINGTONIAN, JANUARY 31, 2013
• Is the current earthquake-prone level (one-third of new building requirement)
• The cost of dealing with earthquake -prone buildings will be felt by ratepayers,
taxpayers, tenants and property owners alike. What do you think about this?
• Is 15 years the right length of time to identify and strengthen or demolish
• How do we deal with older, heritage buildings?
• What is acceptable in terms of safety? The fatality risk from earthquakes is much
lower than other causes, such as road accidents -- but major earthquakes have a
huge impact on communities.
RISKS VS COST - IT'S A BALANCING ACT. WHAT DO YOU THINK?
HAVE YOUR SAY
■ Consultation document, video and
questionnaire now at www.dbh.govt.nz
or Google "earthquake-prone buildings"
■ No decisions have been made yet
-- tell us what you think by completing
the online questionnaire by 8 March.
- AND AT WHAT COST?
Since the Canterbury earthquakes, building safety has been in the spotlight.
A consultation document published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment proposes the following actions for all non-residential and multi-unit,
multi-storey residential buildings in New Zealand:
• Assessing all these buildings over five years to identify those that are earthquake-
prone (less than one-third of the requirement for a new building), followed by
• Strengthening or demolishing all earthquake -prone buildings within ten years of
This is estimated to affect 15,000 -- 25,000 buildings throughout the country --
so the real costs are likely to be significant.
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By JOSEPH ROMANOS
Support has grown for The Village
People, the Crofton Downs com-
munity group that has locked horns
The group is so named because its
members used to meet at the former
Village bar-restaurant in Churchill
Dr.They are disappointed by the clos-
ure of several shops next to the
Churchill Dr Countdown.
After a story in The Wellingtonian
this month, the group's number has
risen from about 20 to more than 70.
Ian Sharp, one of the principals of
The Village People, said Crofton
Downs residents had three main con-
cerns: they wanted more consul-
tation from Countdown over its
plans, they did not feel they had
enough notice about the January 27
closure of the store (for an upgrade
that will take most of this year) and
they would like some say in what
shops are attached to the new,
We've been told there are three
units not yet allocated,'' Mr Sharp
said. Judging by the feedback,
locals would like to have a cafe that
opens into the evening, a chemist, a
video rental and a fruiterer.''
Mr Sharp said The Wellingtonian
story had had another positive spin-
off. A teacher from Crofton Downs
Primary School has been in touch to
say the pupils will be doing their
term 1 project on community needs.
That should provide us with some
A Countdown spokesman told The
Wellingtonian the company was
keen to hear the community's views
on what stores might be placed next
to the new store later this year.
Following our last story, Alistair
Ferguson, of the Crofton Downs Vet-
erinary Clinic, pointed out that his
business was not closing, but mov-
ing. It will be at 33 Kaiwharawhara
Rd for several months while perma-
nent premises adjoining the garden
centre in Thatcher Cres, Crofton
Downs, are built.
We want to see your photos
Let's see how creative Welling-
tonians really are.
Each week we will set a theme and
publish a selection of your photos in
a gallery on our website, thewelling
tonian.co.nz. The winner will receive
an Event Cinemas double pass and
will be eligible for the Grand Prize --
having their photo printed and
framed by Photography by Woolf.
Next week's theme is weather.
Submit photos by February 6. You
can send them to photo@the
wellingtonian.co.nz or post them on
our Facebook page. Include your
name and information on the image.
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