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WCC concerned about 'handful' of buildings

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/12/2016 Cassie Devoy

There are handful of building owners in the Wellington CBD who are concealing their earthquake damage reports from the council.

The vast majority of building owners have been largely co-operative, however Wellington City Council's chief resilience officer Mike Mendonca and Mayor Justin Lester have said that there are a 'handful' who have not provided engineering reports from their buildings.

None of these buildings are currently occupied, and WCC wouldn't say if they were residential or commercial.

"Some building owners are reluctant to share this information for various reasons, reasons that we've not been made aware of," said Mr Mendonca at the launch of Eric on Tuesday afternoon.

WCC have been working with government to ensure it has the appropriate powers to get building owners to provide engineering assessments.

Mr Mendonca said the council were contemplating demanding the information, but it would rather that information be volunteered.

He also said many buildings that have been cleared are being re-looked at by owners, but that buildings that are of concern, such as the Reading Cinema carpark, have had no substantial change during the magnitude 5.5 aftershock over the weekend.

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