28 Nov 2017

Emergency centres can't prove they're quake-proof

From Morning Report, 7:22 am on 28 November 2017

A raft of Civil Defence emergency centres and fire stations in high-risk quake zones are substandard or can't prove they're up to scratch to withstand a big earthquake. These are meant to be among the country's most resilient buildings. Instead, there are glaring gaps in the system, six years on from when the February 2011 quake graphically demonstrated the damage a big quake can do if pipes and plant aren't braced properly. RNZ's Phil Pennington has been studying a raft of new Official Information Act responses and says the reality might not match what is on paper.