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Wellington quake-probed buildings safe

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/02/2017

Wellington City Council has received 62 out of 80 reports from buildings that were damaged Kaikoura earthquake and says so far there's no threat to public safety.

Invasive earthquake testing was ordered by the council following November's 7.8 jolt, and building owners had until February 10 to return their in-depth engineers' reports.

Out of the 80, 62 had come back and on Tuesday Mayor Justin Lester said there was nothing to suggest concern for public safety.

"Some of damage found is minor, some of it more serious and will require repairs."

He said there had been non-structural damage to floors and cladding but repairs had been completed or were underway, but some buildings did need significant repairs.

One-third of the buildings sustained some sort of damage.

The remaining 18 building owners had been given extensions of seven to 14 days depending on their needs.

Some buildings were larger, and therefore required more time, others wanted their reports peer-reviewed.

Mr Lester said most building owners had been pro-active in their co-operation.

However, building owners are not obliged to released the details of their reports to their tenants,.

Mr Lester believed that wouldn't be an issue and for the most part they would freely offer up that information, given their co-operation so far.

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