Wellington.Scoop and WCC
Civil Defence, police and fire report a quiet night in Wellington, with the Wellington CBD open for business this weekend – although people are advised to pay attention to any cordons.
Advice from Mayor Celia Wade-Brown is that people should enjoy their normal weekend activities as much as possible. “The city is operating as usual, sportsfields and recreation facilities are open – get out there and enjoy them.”
Both the Downtown Community Ministry bookfair and the Kirk’s sale are starting today.
The Bookfair at the TSB Bank Area is the largest of its kind in Wellington. With some 90,000 books, as well as CDs, DVDs, vinyl and puzzles, there is something for everyone. It is also the DCM’s major fundraiser of the year. Today 9am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm.
However the race meeting at Trentham and the Paint Party at the Westpac Stadium have been cancelled.
Surveillance of the city by council building officers and inspectors has identified no substantial damage. Building owners have engaged structural engineers who are working through the weekend to prepare for business as usual on Monday.
If building owners have any concerns and haven’t already done so, they are advised to contact council building inspectors.
All major utilities and infrastructure have been inspected and they are operating as normal.
Trains and buses are running as normal and the Metlink call centre is operating this morning.
Engineers are on site at the nine storey lift shaft attached to the James Smith car-parking building which is to be demolished immediately, and a large crane has arrived. Demolition is expected to take several days. Residents from nearby buildings have been evacuated. Civil Defence welfare has found temporary accommodation for about 30 people.
An information centre will be open at Wellington City Council civic building between 10am and 4pm today. All council facilities, including libraries, are open today.
Wellington District Police Commander Superintendent Sue Schwalger says police are providing extra patrols on the city streets tonight to ensure community safety.