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If a moderate sized earthquake struck the Hauraki District, how safe would pedestrians be on our main thoroughfares?

That's the question we're addressing for vulnerable earthquake prone buildings in our urban areas.

“After the earthquakes in Canterbury in 2010/2011, and most recently in Melbourne, we’ve witnessed the risk vulnerable unreinforced masonry buildings pose to public safety and property during a moderate earthquake. When these buildings are in busy areas, making it a priority to earthquake strengthen them sooner rather than later could be lifesaving’, said Mayor Toby Adams.

Hauraki District Council is proposing to classify some streets in its district as ‘busy thoroughfares’ under the national earthquake-prone building system introduced in July 2017.

Timing for earthquake strengthening of priority buildings 

This means unreinforced masonry buildings that are earthquake-prone and located on busy thoroughfare streets will need to be brought up to earthquake building standards in 12 and half years. Buildings in less busy areas of the district have 25 years to meet the building standard for earthquake strengthening.

Proposed streets for classification 

We're proposing to classify Belmont Road, Normanby Road, Mackay Street and Wharf Street in Paeroa as busy thoroughfares and in Waihi, Seddon Street and Rosemont Street. Based on initial building assessments undertaken by Council there are no unreinforced masonry buildings in Ngatea so there’s no busy thoroughfare classification proposed for the Plains Ward.

The Council’s initial decision for what is a ‘busy thoroughfare’ is based on guidance produced by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment, the Ministry in charge of the national earthquake-prone building system. Read more about the Earthquake-prone building system

Do you agree with these classifications?

“Before we classify these streets as ‘busy thoroughfares’ we want your feedback on whether or not you agree with the streets we’re proposing. Decisions we make now could affect you or your family so we’d like to know what you think”, said Mayor Adams.

Pedestrian safety key to this consultation

The Hauraki District has been categorised as a medium seismic risk area. This means we must identify priority earthquake-prone buildings by 1 July 2022 and other potentially earthquake-prone buildings by 1 July 2027.

Find out more and submit your feedback online

Important Dates

Written feedback on the proposed ‘busy thoroughfares’ opens on Friday 1 October 2021 and closes on Monday 1 November 2021. A hearing of feedback and deliberations will be held on Tuesday, 23 November 2021 in the Council Chambers in Paeroa. Read more about the proposal and complete an online feedback form and submit by 4:30pm, Monday 1 November 2021.


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