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IRD staff evacuate Wellington building

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/02/2017

Staff at an IRD building in Wellington have been evacuated as a precaution, after a engineer's report raised concerns arising from November's 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

About 450 to 495 staff left the 11-storey building in Hawkestone Street on Wednesday afternoon after IRD received the report.

IRD spokesman Pete van Schaardenburg says the building is among the 80 that Wellington City Council said in December needed more engineering checks.

"As a consequence of the engineering work that was done, there have been some concerns identified around a couple of the pre-fabricated concrete floors," he said.

"So it's not the structure of the building as such, but the engineers have suggested we do some remedial work to those floors and that requires our staff to be evacuated while that's done."

IRD has around 6000 employees and Mr van Schaardenburg said the evacuation would have no major impact on customer service.

The Hawkestone St building did have an area for clients to meet staff and that would be out of action in the meantime.

No decision had yet made on staff relocations.

It was possble that most of those affected could be accommodated in the IRD's other premises in Wellington while some could potentially work from home.

In November, the IRD's headquarters at the Asteron Centre in Wellington was closed for about two weeks in the wake of the earthquake.

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