Earthquake-prone Buildings

The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 changes the system for identifying and repairing earthquake-prone buildings and provides a consistent approach across NZ. We now need to identify areas where there are potential priority earthquake-prone buildings. 

These areas are where unreinforced masonry buildings could obstruct transport routes or harm people if they fall in an earthquake.

We have identified five areas that we think have sufficient pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would have the greatest impact on people.  They are:

  • Napier CBD
  • Taradale Shopping Centre
  • Ahuriri Shopping Centre
  • Onekawa Shopping Centre
  • Marewa Shopping Centre

We have identified that there are no transport routes of strategic importance that have unreinforced masonry buildings that could cause obstructions.

Have we got these areas right?  Please complete the survey below by 5pm Friday 31 May.

Once the areas are approved, Council will identify the potential priority earthquake-prone buildings by the end of the year.  Owners of those buildings will need to provide Council with an engineering assessment within two and half years.  Those assessed as earthquake-prone will need to be strengthened or demolished within seven and half years.

For further information please read the Statement of Proposal or visit  Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (NZ)

What is an unreinforced masonry building (URM)?

A building that has masonry walls that do not contain steel, timber or fibre reinforcement. URM buildings are older buildings that often have parapets, as well as verandas, balconies and decorative ornaments attached to their facades (front walls that face onto a street or open space).

What is masonry?

Brick, building stone such as marble, granite, and limestone, cast stone, concrete block, glass block, and adobe (mudbrick).

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