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Justin heartened by Gerry’s confidence

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has welcomed comments today by Gerry Brownlee, Acting Civil Defence Minister, that the city has responded appropriately throughout the week to the earthquake and aftershocks.

Mayor Lester says Wellingtonians should take heart from Minister Brownlee’s comments.

“Minister Brownlee has praised the city’s response and says we’ve done the right thing under the circumstances, both immediately after the earthquake and as aftershocks and more detailed inspections have altered our approach,” says Mayor Lester.

“This ties in with what we’re hearing from other experts in recent days around the importance of having confidence in our city’s building stock and being adaptable with our approach in light of aftershocks and more detailed inspections.”

At a media conference mid-morning, Minister Brownlee said he was very comfortable with what he’d seen in Wellington and understood that as the event was still unfolding, the city would respond to new information.

Minister Brownlee said he was particularly comforted to learn that there will be ongoing inspections by the private sector, and that he had confidence in the Council’s handling of the situation.

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  1. Ben, 18. November 2016, 17:32

    Good on you Justin.
    As the new Mayor of our city you have done a great job. We know the council acted on advice from experts who were trained for these events. And, while there are some buildings that haven’t made it though safely, a great deal of the city did.

  2. Ian Apperley, 19. November 2016, 13:07

    Best press release so far

  3. Wendy, 19. November 2016, 15:46

    Totally agree Ben and Ian
    I think Justin and his team have done really well and it is nice to see something positive.

  4. Hel, 19. November 2016, 17:50

    Ditto, well done the new Mayor and Council. Keep up the good work.

  5. Casey, 21. November 2016, 7:48

    Over the past 40 years hundreds of millions have been spent replacing and strengthening Wellington buildings, with work ongoing. This has made the city a lot more resilient than might have otherwise been the case last Monday. Mayor Lester working with advice from others made the correct call to reopen the CBD when he did.

    One of the major concerns, still, is the water supply infrastructure which this time was largely unaffected, but a reminder that we all need to have enough potable water stored to last 7 days, and be prepared to be self sufficient for at least that time.