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Wellington homes built pre 1962 at risk

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/04/2017
Parts of Wellington have again been flooded by heavy rain, two weeks after another downpour did the same thing to the same areas. © Getty Parts of Wellington have again been flooded by heavy rain, two weeks after another downpour did the same thing to the same areas.

Homes in shadowy or damper areas, as well as homes built before 1962 are more at risk to pest infestations like borer, a Wellington inquiry has found.

The investigation into Wellington's housing stock has also found 60 per cent of inspected Wellington homes have earthquake or weather resilience issues.

Borer infestations, poor weather proofing and insecure foundations were the main issues, initial investigations have found.

"It's issues that might be small can grow, and might not be an issue for a long time but in an event like an earthquake is when we need our homes the most," Wellington City Council chief resilience officer Mike Mendonca says.

Half of the inspected homes had some kind of borer infestation,while many had major ones.

"If you have that in your framing, obviously your house won't be as strong," Mr Mendonca said.

The inquiry was sparked after the results from inspections from 100 city homes over two years were concerning.

The council then lined up another 500 homes for inspection before the end of the year.

The council are working on putting together a programme to upgrade homes, but says it's still in the early stages.

Its hoping it'll gather support, not only financial, from the government and building partners, but isn't sure what that will look like at this stage.

People who buy homes aren't looking past the aesthetic enough, Mr Mendonca says.

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