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Our priority routes if an earthquake was to happen

14 December 2018

Earlier this year we sought public feedback on proposals for roads, footpaths and other thoroughfares that should be prioritised because of the risk of an unreinforced masonry (URM) building falling in an earthquake.


The legislation for identifying and managing earthquake-prone buildings has changed nationally, which means there are now set timeframes to identify and upgrade buildings which are earthquake-prone.

Our Council, this week supported 400-770 Pollen St (from Richmond St and Cochrane St) Thames, as a priority vehicular and pedestrian thoroughfare. This is the main area in our district where the buildings sit within the medium seismic risk area for earthquakes.

The next steps for Council will be:

  • Writing to all property owners between 400-770 Pollen Street advising them of this decision.
  • To complete initial assessment of buildings under the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) earthquake-prone buildings methodology.
  • Write to potential earthquake-prone building owners advising we require them to have an engineering assessment undertaken, or to provide an updated version of the previous engineering assessment undertaken under the previous earthquake-prone buildings legislation.
  • • Advise affected building owners within the priority area of reduced timeframes for completing building strengthening and reinforcing following consideration of engineering assessments.
  • Maintain a register of potentially earthquake-prone buildings, their due date for strengthening and reinforcing, and whether works have been completed or not.

For more information regarding earthquake-prone buildings and priority buildings you can read thePriority Buildings: A guide to the earthquake prone building provisions of the Building Act guidance provided by MBIE.