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Parliament passes quake legislation

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/12/2016

Parliament has passed the government's third earthquake response bill, which gives extraordinary powers to the cabinet so that any unanticipated problems can be quickly dealt with.

The bill allows cabinet to make orders that change existing legislation and council plans, if that's needed.

"It could be some time before the earthquake damage and the consequences of that damage is fully understood," Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee said.

"We need to make sure councils, utility operators and other bodies are able to respond effectively and efficiently to do what to do what they need to do to help communities and regions recover."

The two previous bills allow rules and regulations to be overridden so that repairs can be carried out, such as pushing slips into the sea, and streamline civil defence procedures so there's no doubt about responsibilities during the transition from response to recovery.

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