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Wellington Councillor: 'We are sitting on a time bomb' with quake-prone buildings

Publish Date
Fri, 10 Dec 2021, 11:29am

Wellington Councillor: 'We are sitting on a time bomb' with quake-prone buildings

Publish Date
Fri, 10 Dec 2021, 11:29am

Wellington City Councillors are calling on the Government to help with the large costs of strengthening earthquake-prone buildings.

There are 590 quake-prone buildings in the city. 

The deadlines for strengthening them spike in 2027 when 228 notices will expire.

Wellington City Council is in the dark about the future of hundreds of these buildings, despite the expectation the capital will have a significant earthquake in our lifetime.

City Councillor Sean Rush told Nick Mills Wellington is currently struggling to fix basic pipe infrastructure, let alone quake-prone buildings. 

"We need to go to Government and have a korero with Grant Robertson, he's the Wellington Central MP"

Asked how he sleeps at night knowing people are living in yellow-sticker apartments Rush said "we all live with risk"

"If a big earthquake happens people will die. We are sitting on a time bomb," he said. 

Listen to the full interview on Wellington Mornings with Nick Mills