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• Is the current earthquake-prone level (one-third of new building requirement) about
• 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.
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battle in the sand
High flyer: Teams give it their all at last year's tournament at Mission Bay.
Sand will be flying at Mission Bay on
Saturday when barefoot footballers
play off in the third annual Beach
Auckland team Wolfpack won last
year and will be looking to defend their
Team manager Allen Hsu says the
team was formed as a social activity by
a group of friends but will be competi-
tive on the day.
After last year we really won't set-
tle for anything less. There's healthy
competition and it's fun as well.''
Team member Michael Chapman
says playing football at the beach is
something a bit different.
It's good in the summer time.
Everybody's there for a good time and
it gives you the chance to go to the
beach and actually do something
instead of lying around.''
Games are played in all conditions
on the day. Last year the team had to
play at high tide, player Chris Baker
Half of the area was covered in
water. It changes things up a bit,
that's for sure. It's a different form of
the game and it's easy to play.''
The tournament is organised by the
Football Factory which aims to provide
New Zealand footballers with different
experiences to develop their talent.
The competition is already fully boo-
ked with 32 teams registered.
Football Factory manager Damien
Hochberg says football on the beach is
always a hit.
It's the world's most popular game
brought to a venue that people associ-
ate with fun in the sun. The sand is a
real competition leveller,'' he says.
The standard is high, with national
and former national futsal and football
representatives taking part.
We're hoping for some good
weather and good football. Some of the
better teams are those that are there
just for fun and they often beat a lot of
the named, well-known players or
New leaders steer Motat ambitions
Motat is welcoming three
new leaders to steer the
museum towards becom-
ing a top innovation and
learning centre for trans-
port and technology.
law firm managing part-
ner Michael Frawley has
been appointed chief
executive. Mr Frawley
has a long-standing
London's National Por-
trait Gallery and a love
of classic cars and
Former Motat director
Grant Kirby has been
named new chairman
Hauiti as deputy chair-
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