Archive for March, 2013

Earthquake Prone Buildings

Of the 67 Territorial Authorities (TA’s), only 24 have made a start on the seismic evaluation of local buildings.

The Ministry of Building Innovation & Employment are currently looking at policy and management of the process because it is considered that the current outcomes from TA’s are too variable:

–       with different time frames for strengthening work – up to 50 years in one case

–       some are inactive

–       have different approaches with respect to heritage buildings

–       not delivering a satisfactory level of risk management

There will be adjustments to the process coming from the Ministry

Objectives will be to:

–       balance life and safety considerations against economic, heritage and other

–       have policies that are effectively implemented and consistent across New Zealand

Meanwhile TA’s still proceed with the process of IEP (Initial Evaluation Process) where structural engineers assess the local building stock that is older than 1976 and greater than one storey, to establish if these buildings are classified as “earthquake prone” i.e. less than 34% strength of NBS (New Building Standard)

March 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Methlem – Gwavas Road, Tikokino

An auction recently held in March 2013 for a sheep and beef property of some 406ha was well attended.  The auction held at the Waipukurau Club saw bidding by 3 – 4 parties with the property reaching $3.950M before being passed in.  The property located at Gwavas Road, Tikokino, west of Waipukurau, enjoys a balanced aspect with contour described as flat to easy/medium hill with some steep country to the rear of the property.  This quality property has a scattering of Totara and native bush.  Improvements include an established four bedroom dwelling and quality farm infrastructure.

March 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm


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