The 38 streets where building owners need to secure unreinforced masonry (URM) facades and parapets from Hurunui to Wellington within a year have been identified, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

“The Kaikōura Earthquake has increased the seismic risks in Wellington, Lower Hutt, Blenheim and Hurunui over the next three years. It is therefore prudent to require them to be secured and to help building owners with funding of these high-risk, URM parapets and facades to secure them.

“The 38 streets have been 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. Some owners may already have taken corrective work.

“The Government has established a $3 million fund to help building owners with the cost of securing the parapets and facades. I have talked to the Mayors of the four councils involved and am pleased that all 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.

“Many of the building owners in these four districts will already be aware of the parapets and façades which need to be secured, but notices from councils to the owners will officially start the clock for the 12-month deadline for the securing work to be done,” Dr Smith says.

“Falling unreinforced masonry is a major risk to people on the street during an earthquake as we saw in the 2011 Canterbury earthquake, when it claimed the lives of 39 people. It’s essential we’re proactive about this work so as to avoid a repeat of that terrible tragedy."

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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