Wellingtonians are invited to a meeting on Tuesday 5 February to discuss the Government's proposed changes to how New Zealand deals with earthquake-prone buildings.
The meeting, first of a series around the country, is organised by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in conjunction with Wellington City Council.
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown urges Wellingtonians to attend the meeting. "This is an important event for anyone who is interested and concerned about the future of Wellington's resilience, heritage and economy.
"Wellington City is taking a leading role in earthquake resilience. The Government's proposals will need to support all vulnerable communities around the country".
Councillor Iona Pannett, the Council's Built Environment Portfolio Leader, says the Government's proposals are significant and will generate discussion within the community.
The proposals include the following:
Cr Pannett says there is likely to be discussion about a possible relaxation of rules relating to disability access to buildings.
"The issue of insurance and who will pay for the strengthening work will likely come up at the meeting," says Cr Pannett.
Public consultation on the Government's proposed changes closes on Friday 8 March. To see the consultation document and to make a submission online, visit:
The 5 February meeting, starting at 7.00pm, will be in the Michael Fowler Centre.
For more information about Wellington's approach to earthquake strengthening, see: