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Archive for March, 2017

Investigation reveals “unacceptable” design flaw in Statistics House


News from NZ Government
Design standards and building laws will be reviewed in response to an investigation into structural damage to Wellington’s Statistics House in the Kaikōura earthquake. Read more »

What happened and how – CentrePort welcomes report on quake damage

News from CentrePort
CentrePort has welcomed the conclusions of the technical investigation into the performance of Statistics House in the 14 November Kaikoura earthquake. Read more »

What next for Statistics House?

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand
“I welcome the release of the investigation into the performance of Statistics House in the 14 November earthquake. It is my sincere hope that the insights arising from the investigation will prevent future failures of this kind,” says the Government Statistician Liz MacPherson, commenting on the results of the investigation released today. Read more »

Investigation will make buildings safer, say engineers

Media release from NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering
Engineers say results from the Statistics House investigation will help build more resilient buildings. Read more »

“People would have died;” questions unanswered after investigation, says MP


News from NZ Labour Party
The report on the partial collapse of Statistics New Zealand House in November’s earthquake highlights changes that are needed to our building and design standards, but also leaves important questions unanswered, says Labour MP for Wellington Central Grant Robertson. Read more »

CentrePort didn’t tell tenants about quake risks, says PSA

News from PSA
The Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi is deeply concerned at the findings of a report into the performance of Statistics House in the November earthquake. Read more »

Port safety questioned, reports RNZ

RNZ News is reporting today that people in senior local and regional government positions, who did not want to be identified, say that if there was another earthquake as large as November’s quake in the next three months, it was clear the Wellington port would fail. Read more »

Bluebridge ferry service sold to Australian investors, as part of $100m deal

Report from BusinessDesk
The Overseas Investment Office has approved Australian private equity raids on New Zealand food and transport businesses, each worth more than $100 million. Read more »

MP criticises “busybody” health officer for threatening supermarket’s liquor licence

News from National Party
National List MP Paul Foster-Bell has criticised the medical officer of health after news that a prominent Wellington inner-city New World faced losing their liquor license over the placement of liquor aisles. Read more »

Why we need to save the Paramount – we don’t need bedrooms or offices


by Lindsay Shelton
There’s been consternation this week as local groups learnt that the operators of the 100-year-old Paramount cinema are not renewing their lease, and the owners of the building want to destroy the auditorium. Read more »

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