Challenge to Regional Council: what are costs of fixing BNZ Building?

News from NZ Taxpayers’ Union
Confidential minutes received via the Taxpayer’s Union’s ‘tip-line’ relating to CentrePort’s problematic BNZ building suggest the building will not be fully reoccupied until the end of October.

Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union, says “What should be one of Wellington’s most modern and safest buildings looks to still be plagued with problems eleven months after the Seddon earthquake.”

“We understand that CentrePort is having to fork out more ratepayer money on seismic restraints on the risers and that there are now new problems with windows popping out in Pier 3.”

“If ever you needed an argument as to why ratepayers should not be underwriting property development, the BNZ fiasco is it.”

“Greater Wellington needs to abandon its policy of secrecy and explain how much these problems at the BNZ building are costing ratepayers. Latest estimates are in the tens of millions.”

In May the Taxpayers’ Union revealed that the Greater Wellington Regional Council guarantees CentrePort’s debt, including borrowings related to property development.

The documents are available now at taxpayers.org.nz.

 

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