Supplementary Order Paper No 152

No 152

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill

Proposed amendments

David Seymour, in Committee, to move the following amendments:

Clause 23

After clause 23, new section 133AA(1)(k) (page 11, line 36), insert:


a building located in an area of low seismic risk.

In clause 23, delete new section 133AF(2)(a) (page 22, line 31).

In clause 23, delete new section 133AF(4)(a) (page 23, lines 3 and 4).

In clause 23, delete new section 133AL(2)(a) (page 27, line 28).

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper amends the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill to exempt all buildings that are located in low seismic risk areas (such as Auckland, Northland, and Dunedin) from the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings.

Low seismic risk areas have an extremely low risk of a severe earthquake (eg, 1 in 110,000 years in Auckland) and even if the worst case scenario earthquake were to occur, strengthening to 33% of the National Building Standard would result in almost no improvement in public safety. Furthermore, while the inclusion of buildings located in areas of low seismic risk is likely to have minimal benefits, it will impose large costs on private property owners that are forced to undertake expensive engineering assessments to prove they are compliant and face potentially financially crippling retrospective strengthening in the event that they are not. This, together with the stigma of being listed on the earthquake prone building register, will also unfairly impact the market value of properties.