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Demolition for quake-hit retirement units

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/11/2016

Forty Wellington retirees will spend 18 months in alternative accommodation as their quake-damaged apartment block is torn down.

The owners of Malvina Major Retirement Village in Khandallah plan to demolish and rebuild the damaged block after engineers deemed it unsafe following last week's 7.8 earthquake and series of aftershocks.

Ryman Healthcare spokesman David King said the 40 affected residents had been relocated into apartments at its Bob Scott Retirement Village in Petone.

"We are moving on it straight away because we are a Christchurch company and we have been through the quakes in 2010 and 2011, and we think the best thing we can do is give (the residents) certainty," he said.

"We think we will have a new building for them in 18 months."

Mr King said the majority of the village and its 300 residents were unaffected by the quake.

This included its higher care residents, requiring greater levels of medical attention and support.

He said the 40 residents who moved to the Bob Scott village were all independent residents, who only sought healthcare support if needed.

The new apartments at the village will be built at no cost to the residents and will meet the latest earthquake certifications.

Mr King said the retirees would also be safe in their alternative apartments at the Bob Scott village.

"It is the largest apartment complex in New Zealand using base isolation," he said.

"It came through the quakes with flying colours."

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