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WCC legally request all building reports

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/12/2016
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The Wellington City Council (WCC) now has the power to demand the results of building inspections, after handful of building owners in the Wellington CBD were concealing theirs.

On Wednesday, Mayor Justin Lester was given the ability to issue a notice of a statutory 'local transition period' for Wellington that gives the WCC recovery manager powers to demand these reports.

On Tuesday, WCC recovery manger Mike Mendonca said the council was considering demanding the information, but would've preferred it was voluntarily given up.

"This transition period gives the recovery manager the legal power, if necessary, to compel building owners to obtain assessments of their buildings and provide the results," Mayor Lester said.

"Wellingtonians need to know that their city is safe. This transition period will help us ensure that we understand the current state of buildings and get a clearer picture of the state of buildings following any major aftershocks."

Mr Mendonca said the vast majority of building owners have been largely co-operative, but have said that there are a 'handful' who have not provided engineering reports from their buildings.

Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee approved the 'transition period', and under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002, councils can appoint recovery managers with special powers to oversee a city's recovery from an emergency.

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