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CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, FEBRUARY 14, 2013
• Is the current earthquake-prone level (one-third of new building requirement)
• The cost of dealing with earthquake-prone buildings will be felt by ratepayers,
taxpayers, tenants and property owners alike. What do you think about this?
• Is 15 years the right length of time to identify and strengthen or demolish
• How do we deal with older, heritage buildings?
• What is acceptable in terms of safety? The fatality risk from earthquakes is much
lower than other causes, such as road accidents -- but major earthquakes have a
huge impact on communities.
RISKS VS COST - IT'S A BALANCING ACT. WHAT DO YOU THINK?
HAVE YOUR SAY
■ Consultation document, video and
questionnaire now at w w w.dbh.govt.nz
or Google "earthquake-prone buildings"
■ No decisions have been made yet
-- tell us what you think by completing
the online questionnaire by 8 March.
- AND AT WHAT COST?
Since the Canterbury earthquakes, building safety has been in the spotlight.
A consultation document published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment proposes the following actions for all non-residential and multi-unit,
multi-storey residential buildings in New Zealand:
• Assessing all these buildings over five years to identify those that are earthquake-
prone (less than one-third of the requirement for a new building), followed by
• Strengthening or demolishing all earthquake-prone buildings within ten years of
This is estimated to affect 15,000 -- 25,000 buildings throughout the country --
so the real costs are likely to be significant.
6.00pm Tuesday 19 February
Canterbury Horticultural Centre,
57 Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch
The Charity Saving Lives at Sea
Coastguard is seeking an
experienced boatie to become
a Volunteer Safe Boating Advisor
for the Canterbury region. If you
can give up 2-3 days per month
and you are con dent speaking
to groups, then Coastguard
would like to talk to you.
In return we provide training,
equipment and reimbursement
For an informal chat call
Cheryl Moffat on 348 7003.
Fun day expected to attract 7000
FOOTBALL FANS: New Zealand football great Wynton Rufer directs keen youngsters at the 2012 event.
FORMER ALL White Wynton
Rufer will be back again at the
Family Funday & Football Fest at
Oaklands School in Halswell, on
February 17, to pass on some foot-
ball tips to youngsters.
Mr Rufer and his team will pro-
vide free coaching for children
aged 6 to 12, as they did last year.
Organiser Gideon Hoekendijk
predicts 7000 people will attend
the event, going on the figures
from last year s inaugural fun
day, which drew more than 5000.
He said the main feature of the
day, though, is that all the rides
are free, including the Titanic,
obstacle course, Chair-O-Plane,
mini jeeps, merry-go-round,
ZORB ball, pony rides and jumbo
Live music and entertainment
includes several bands, dance
groups and a magic show, with
spot prizes to be won.
It s been a difficult few years in
our city and this will put a smile
on all our faces as the community
comes together to celebrate family
life, Mr Hoekendijk said.
Disappearing signs mean
charity gathers less cash
By MAT KERMEEN
MISSING SIGNS: Roy Clements, John
Wanty and John Soundy replace one of
the signs that have been removed.
AVONHEAD ROTARY Club
members are angry and confused at
the mysterious disappearance of 35
They have been promoting the
club s annual Twin Rivers car par-
ade on March 3, with volunteers
erecting more than 100 signs to
advertise the event. A third have
The publicity officer for the event,
Roy Clements, said the lack of adver-
tising would hurt the charitable ben-
eficiary -- the Child Cancer Foun-
dation. Last year s rally raised more
The majority of the signs have
been removed from north-west
Christchurch, especially around
Someone out there knows who is
doing this, and they are hampering
the efforts of our members trying to
raise money for a worthy cause.
The signs have been screwed in
with a drill. Someone is going to a
real effort to remove them.
Mr Clements said volunteers
would collect the signs, no questions
asked, if someone would come clean.
Removal of the signs has been
reported to the police.
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