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31 buildings sub-standard
Below par: Hastings St bar Kazba is one of many Napier heritage
buildings which don't meet the current building code.
Napier should make its
buildings twice as strong as cur-
rent laws require and subsidise
the owners of those buildings for
the work, the Historic Places
The city, which depends on its
art deco heritage buildings for
much of its tourism appeal, has
at least 31 inner-city buildings
that are believed to fall below
the standards of the present
Recently, the trust presented
written submissions on the
Napier City Council's draft
annual plan, saying it -- and the
New Zealand Society for Earth-
quake Engineering -- advocated
that heritage buildings should
meet 67 per cent of the code for
new buildings, instead of the
present 33 per cent.
This policy and regulation
must be supported by adequate
financial incentive,'' trust cen-
tral region manager Ann Neill
said in her submission.
Grants, loans and rates relief
were some of the incentives that
should be offered by the council
to support the preparation of
detailed engineering assess-
ments and strengthening work
on buildings, she said.
The council has begun a
review of its policy on quake-
prone buildings, but put the
review on hold so that it could
take account of information from
the Christchurch quakes.
Chief executive Neil Taylor
said the art deco buildings were
a significant problem, to which
he saw no easy answer.
How do we protect our his-
tory when our history has been
to put up buildings with very
heavy, decorative facades that
are not well attached to the rest
of the buildings and in a heavy
shake are prone to falling
down?'' he said.
Most of the art deco buildings
in the CBD were built after the
They were constructed more
strongly than the buildings that
had fallen down, but many do
not meet the current code and
for some owners it would not be
economic to make their old
buildings comply, Mr Taylor
Senior building consents
officer John Brydon said the
council had carried out an initial
assessment of 65 buildings in
This indicated that 31 fell
below the requirements of the
building code,'' he said. About a
third were art deco buildings.
Owners were asked
to either accept these
findings or get experts
to check their buildings
if they wished to con-
test the classification.
So far three build-
ings, all in Hastings St,
have been confirmed as
falling below the cur-
Two are pubs, the
Brazen Head and the
Kazba, and the third is
the Swains optometrist
and Bishop and Kay
dental clinic building
on the northeast corner
of the intersection with
Building owners who
wished to keep their
buildings in use had
from 10 to 40 years to
upgrade them, depen-
ding on the classifi-
cation, Mr Brydon said.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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Rangers take stand
I am a member of the Marineland
Rangers and I'd like to respond to
Ms Morgan's letter from June 1.
We checked with the Napier City
Council and they said that there was
no age limit for who could put in a
submission for their Draft Annual
We worded it ourselves, got it
photocopied and decided ourselves to
go out and collect 500 signed
submissions from the Napier public.
We were very pleased when we
managed to collect more than 700 as
we only did it for a few hours.
We came up with slogans for our
placards which one parent printed
for us, we asked another parent for
the boards and asked another parent
to help us make them up.
Another parent organised penguin
costumes for us and then we asked
our friends and their parents to help
us collect the submissions.
People congratulated us on doing a
good job and encouraged us. Others
thanked us for doing it for them too
and many added their own
comments on the forms.
We also spoke at the hearing on
June 2 because we believe it is
important to have our say.
We don't think what we did was
unethical''. We knew what we were
doing and we knew why we were
We want to save Marineland
because the animals there deserve a
sanctuary. Marineland is a safe
place where you can see marine
animals and get close to them. We've
been to rock pools and reserves and
learned things there too.
We've learned at lot about marine
life at Marineland.
We hope it reopens and we'll keep
doing what we can to help.
Children have a voice, too.
Brianna Otto and friends
Assuming your story of May 25
approaches the truth of the matter,
Onekawa residents should be
jumping up and down, not to say
anything concerning the rest of
As Alan Rhodes said recently
concerning another matter that
should be of acute public interest,
the residents of Napier are
To take only the Onekawa
Kindergarten, what do we care if the
kids at the kindergarten are
poisoned while playing in the
vicinity of a contaminated ground
with lead levels 10 times above the
guidelines for residential property?
Are some of those kids and their
families actually living on the
And neither Onekawa nor anyone
else in Napier utters even one word.
That's bad enough.
What of our mayor and her city
council and the regional council and
the district health board? All trusted
elected guardians. Are they worthy
of our trust?
Is this potentially a life and death
matter? Apparently not. The Napier
City Council has sat on the alarming
report since 2009.
It took the Dominion Post to alert
the public and spring our Napier
reps and the others into action.
But, dear councillors and district
health board members, please
explain why you waited so long.
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