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Te Papa reopens after quake checks

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/11/2016

Te Papa museum on Wellington's waterfront has reopened after being assessed by engineers following Monday's massive earthquake.

The national museum closed for two days while the building and collections were assessed for damage after the 7.5-magnitude North Canterbury shake.

"All Te Papa's exhibitions and facilities are open, with just a few spots where we are still tidying up," said chief executive Rick Ellis.

The building has been cleared by engineers as structurally safe, and the quake has not had any impact on the structure and its research facility in Tory Street was also cleared.

Mr Ellis said a small number of items in collections had suffered some damage.

"A full assessment of all collections will continue today, but overall we are relieved that there is only minor damage."

Mr Ellis said that seismic restraining work carried out at the museum in recent years had protected the collections.

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