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Wellington ratepayers could be forced to help fund millions of dollars in earthquake strengthening work for privately-owned buildings under a controversial city council proposal.
Studies have adjudged Wellington to be at high risk of a big earthquake that could kill an estimated 1500 people and injure 13,000.
At present, significant strengthening costs for at-risk buildings are borne almost solely by individual owners, and many have failed to carry out the required work.
This has resulted in “systemic and substantial under-investment” in earthquake strengthening, creating a significant risk of casualties should a quake like the February tremor in Christchurch, which claimed 181 lives, strike the capital.wholesale GHD Flat Iron Online Shirts at low prices!
In a draft submission to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Canterbury Earthquakes, the council calls for an investigation into how to fairly apportion earthquake strengthening costs to avoid widespread “catastrophic failure”.
It estimates up to 800 [...]