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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, AUGUST 25, 2012
The Earthquake Commission's (EQC) geotechnical assessment
programme across Christchurch, for Green Zone Technical Category (TC3)
properties that require foundation repairs or rebuilds, is on schedule.
EQC is undertaking a drilling programme on land near homes or on the
roadside berm to help structural and geotechnical engineers design
a foundation that will meet new building code requirements.
This ensures house foundations will perform to a higher standard in any
Houses in areas designated TC3 have been assessed by Building
and Housing as having potential susceptibility to land damage from
liquefaction in any future significant earthquakes. This means geotechnical
investigation, such as drilling, is required to ensure house foundations
in need of repair are designed in a way that lessens the risk of future
damage. Geotechnical assessments are required to secure a Building
Consent for major repairs or building on TC3 properties. Where
foundation damage exists drilling must be undertaken prior to repair.
Across greater Christchurch, approximately 10,000 individual
investigations are required and EQC has already repaired 1,300 houses
in TC3 with another 700 in the process of being repaired through the
Canterbury Home Repair Programme (CHRP). CHRP is dedicated to
repairing the most damaged homes first (those with over $50,000
If you are a Green Zone property owner, CERA is co-ordinating community
meetings where you can get the latest information including the issues
facing property owners in TC3. You can hear from, and talk with,
representatives from CERA, Building and Housing,
Councils, EQC and the insurance industry.
The Kaiapoi meeting is being held Tuesday 11
September from 7-9pm at Kaiapoi North School,
278 William Street, Kaiapoi.
EQC DRILLING PROGRAMME
ON SCHEDULE IN GREEN
ZONE TC3 AREAS
We know many of you have questions about progress in Rangiora and
in response to some of the questions you have been asking, we have
put together some FAQs.
Is there another service station coming to Rangiora?
Interest has been shown by some fuel companies, but nothing is definite
yet. There will be a new Pak'nSave in Southbrook and site works are
currently taking place. The company has also sought resource consent to
have a petrol station on site.
I heard the MainPower site is being developed into a mall. Is this true?
The MainPower site at High St, Rangiora will be sold following
MainPower's anticipated exit from the site in winter 2013. What is
developed on the site will not be known until the sales process is
Why was the old Countdown building not used for temporary
Countdown was approached, but it wants to keep the supermarket open.
Why has the Council built temporary business accommodation in front
of its own building?
Council believes it is important to keep foot traffic alive in the Town
Centre area and many shops depend on the High Street area.
We needed to make space available for businesses that had lost their
premises so they could stay open in the town and in our District.
Why is it taking so long to fix up or demolish buildings that
The building assessment process undertaken by insurance companies
varies. Engineering assessments take a considerable amount of time due
to a shortage of Chartered Professional Engineers available to complete
Quantity surveyors are also in short supply and normally a claim
manager/insurance appointed case manager will then need to make a
recommendation and forward the report for a final decision to be made.
This process can be protracted due to the difficulty in apportionment
between earthquake damage versus historical/pre-existing damage.
Historic Places Trust buildings result in a longer and more rigorous
discussion between all interested parties before decisions can be made.
I heard Farmers is leaving Rangiora. Is this true?
The engineers acting for Farmers and its insurance company are currently
undertaking a Detailed Engineering Evaluation (DEE). Farmers has
indicated it is committed to reopening a store in Rangiora. The timing of
this will depend upon the outcome of the DEE process.
The DEE includes a review of whether it is economically viable to repair
the building or not. Should the evaluation show the repairs required are
uneconomic, then a partial/full deconstruction may occur.
PROGRAMME -- UPDATE
The containers forming a drop zone around the Lambert
Building will be removed from High Street Rangiora on
Wednesday 29 August following the completion of the building's
The Waimakariri District Council advises High Street, between
Percival and Victoria Streets, will be closed to all vehicles
and pedestrians from 8.00 am for most of the day while the
containers are being removed.
Traffic travelling east on High Street will be diverted right into
Percival Street to Queen Street to Ivory Street.
Thank you for your co-operation during this time of disruption.
Les Pester, Environmental Services Manager
Ph 03 311 8900 ex 8839 firstname.lastname@example.org
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