8 Mar 2013

315 submissions on quake-building policy

9:40 am on 8 March 2013

The Government has received 315 submissions on a plan to deal with earthquake-prone buildings.

In December, Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson, proposed a requirement for all buildings to be seismically assessed within five years.

Buildings then deemed to be earthquake-prone would require strengthening or demolition within ten years.

Mr Williamson said the proposals are just a starting point and some changes are likely after the submissions are analysed.

He said the Cabinet will consider any policy changes before an announcement is made later this year.