6 Dec 2019

Wellington City Council headed to court over earthquake-prone buildings

From Morning Report, 7:38 am on 6 December 2019

For the first time, a council is going to court to get the power to strengthen two heritage listed, earthquake-prone buildings - because the owners refuse to do so.

The Wellington City Council's strengthening deadlines for the Toomath's Building on Ghuznee Street, and the Adelaide Hotel on Adelaide Road both expired in 2013.

Now the council says despite extensive efforts to work with the building owners, there has been no progress, and it has now lost confidence they will do the necessary work.

The council's Chief Resilience Officer, Mike Mendonca speaks to Kim Hill.