38 NZ streets singled out for quake-proofing

The 38 streets where building owners need to secure unreinforced masonry (URM) facades and parapets from Hurunui to Wellington within a year have been named.

They were selected by the councils on the basis of pedestrian and vehicular traffic and where the risks from URM parapets and facades are greatest. The next step is for councils to formally notify the building owners affected.

The Government has established a $3 million fund to help building owners with the cost of securing the parapets and facades. Mayors of the four councils involved have confirmed that they will make financial contributions to this fund, bringing it to about $4.5m. The fund will be used to provide a 50 per cent subsidy for the work up to a maximum grant of $15,000 for a façade and $10,000 for a parapet to help building owners with the cost, estimated at $9m.

The Government is using its powers under the Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquakes Recovery Act 2016 to require building owners to do the necessary securing work within 12 months.

The targeted URM buildings are in the following streets:

Hurunui District

  • Markham Street, Amberley
  • Mountainview Road, Culverden

Hutt City

  • Cuba Street, Lower Hutt
  • High Street, Lower Hutt
  • Hillary Court (being the area formed within Hillary Court, Vogel Street, and Treadwell Street), Naenae, Lower Hutt
  • That part of Jackson Street between Cuba Street and Petone Avenue, Petone, Lower Hutt
  • Waiwhetu Road, Waterloo, Lower Hutt

Marlborough District

  • Alfred Street, Blenheim
  • High Street, Blenheim

Wellington City

  • Adelaide Road, Berhampore/Mt Cook/Newtown, Wellington
  • Bond Street, Wellington Central, Wellington
  • Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington
  • Coutts Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington
  • Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
  • Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington
  • Dundas Street, Seatoun, Wellington
  • Egmont Street, Te Aro, Wellington
  • Eva Street, Te Aro, Wellington
  • Ganges Road, Khandallah, Wellington
  • Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington
  • Hobart Street, Miramar, Wellington
  • Holland Street, Te Aro, Wellington
  • Hutt Road, Pipitea, Wellington
  • Kilbirnie Crescent, Kilbirnie, Wellington
  • Lambton Quay, Wellington Central, Wellington
  • Manners Street, Te Aro, Wellington
  • Miramar Avenue, Miramar, Wellington
  • Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington
  • Rintoul Street, Newtown, Wellington
  • Taranaki Street, Te Aro, Wellington
  • The Parade, Island Bay, Wellington
  • Tinakori Road, Thorndon, Wellington
  • Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington
  • Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington
  • Vivian Street, Te Aro, Wellington
  • Wakefield Street, Wellington Central, Wellington
  • Willis Street, Wellington Central, Wellington
  • Woodward Street, Wellington Central, Wellington

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