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Wellington unveils its comprehensive urban resilience strategy to prepare the city for the next 100 years

Wednesday, 15th March 2017
Created in conjunction with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, the Resilience Strategy will help the city thrive in the face of seismic risk, a changing society, and new climate realities. Wellington today (5.30pm) unveils Resilient Wellington, a comprehensive strategic roadmap to promote urban resilience in New Zealand’s capital city.  Prime Minister Bill English, Mayor Justin Lester, Mike Mendonça, Wellington’s Chief Resilience Officer, and Andrew Salkin, Chief...
 

Preparing your home sweet home for emergencies

Friday, 17th February 2017
Isn’t it annoying when that last lightbulb blows, the fridge stops working for no apparent reason, and the toilet gets clogged and can’t flush for...well you know what kind of reason!? These annoyances are similar to what can happen after an emergency – power cuts, water outages, and sewer systems damaged. But they can last much longer than we would like. You and your community could be isolated for at least three days, possibly more. In an emergency, our utilities and emergency...
 

Unable to get home after an emergency?

Tuesday, 7th February 2017
Following an emergency, one of your first concerns will your family and home. Are they all safe? How would you get in touch if technology fails? If you can’t get home, where would you all meet up or could you stay with friends? The start of a new school year is a great time to review what plans you have, and make sure everyone in your family is confident they would know what to do in an emergency. Talk to everyone about how they will get home if usual transport methods are unavailable. It’s...
 

Getting Prepared - is as easy as one, two – FOR FREE

Monday, 16th January 2017
Recovering from Christmas might mean recovering after an emergency is the last thing on your mind. You might also think you need to spend money you just don’t have right now on stocking an emergency kit. You’d be wrong! You don’t need kits. Believe it or not, your house and everything in it can help you in an emergency.   The food you have in your pantry right now is your emergency food – and unlike a stash of stored food, it’s unlikely to go off as it’s in use every day. Build your pantry...
 

Wellington City: Demolition starts on Reading carpark

Tuesday, 3rd January 2017
Demolition of the Reading carpark has commenced. The carpark was significantly damaged in the 14 November earthquake to the point that it’s not safe for anyone to enter and therefore has to be demolished. Moana Mackey, from Wellington City Council’s earthquake recovery team, says there’s been a lot of preparation to get the site ready for the high-reach crane. “Now the crane is up, the focus is to get the carpark down safely and quickly. “Displaced business owners and residents were given an...
 

Wellington City Council: Fliers to be delivered as part of Council quake response

Wednesday, 21st December 2016
Some 2000 information fliers will be hand-delivered to offices, retailers and apartments in the Wellington CBD starting from tomorrow (Thursday) as part of Wellington City Council’s initiative to compel the owners of about 80 buildings to undertake engineering assessments following the 14 November earthquake. The fliers will be delivered to shops, offices and apartments in the 80 buildings – and buildings immediately neighbouring the properties. Wellington City Recovery Manager Mike Mendonça...
 

Wellington City Council requires targeted building assessments

Tuesday, 20th December 2016
Wellington City Council has this week written to the owners of around 80 buildings requiring them to undertake detailed independent building assessments and to share them with the Council. The Council’s City Recovery Manager, Mike Mendonca, says the initiative is one of several being taken to ensure the city’s safety. This additional information requirement is informed by preliminary advice from a panel of experts investigating the damage to Statistics House in the 14 November...
 

Emergency water

Friday, 16th December 2016
Our region uses more than 200 million litres of water per day! The water we get from our taps comes through a network of pipes under our feet. So what happens if these pipes break? If they break in an earthquake, they could take months to repair. Do you have enough water stored? WREMO will be doing a series of articles on being prepared, today is all about water – drinking water in particular. Water tanks and bottled water have been flying off the shelves since November 14th, because everyone...
 

Wellington City: Molesworth Street demolition - cordon reduced Thursday (15 December)

Wednesday, 14th December 2016
The cordon around the post-quake demolition site in Wellington’s Molesworth Street is to be reduced from 7am Thursday 15 December. The right-hand lane of Molesworth Street will be reopened for traffic and pedestrians will be able to use the footpath on the side of the street furthest from the demolition site at 61 Molesworth Street. The cordon has been in place since it was established that the multi-storey office building at 61 Molesworth Street was in danger of collapse after the 14...
 

Porirua City Council: Update on the earthquake and flooding response

Wednesday, 14th December 2016
Porirua City Council has been working hard to clear the backlog of jobs from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 14 November and subsequent flooding and ongoing aftershocks. The Council initially reported 447 separate repair jobs but, after removing multiple reports about the same incident, this number has dropped to 326. Of these incidents, half have already been dealt with, one-quarter have had initial work completed but will require longer term fixes. The remaining jobs are minor and we plan to...