To keep communities safe, the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 requires all Councils to identify buildings which may pose a higher risk to public safety in the event of an earthquake. To do this, we must identify busy streets where an earthquake could cause people to be injured from falling masonry, or where important roads or routes could be blocked.

New Zealand has been divided into three seismic risk areas – high, medium and low, and there are set time frames to identify, assess and remediate earthquake-prone buildings based on these. The Waikato district has towns in medium and low risk seismic areas.

As required by legislation, we have identified three towns in the medium seismic risk area that it considers to have a high volume of pedestrian traffic or vehicles. These are Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Te Kauwhata.

Have we got it right?

We want your feedback on the high pedestrian traffic areas that have been identified and proposed in these towns.

Let us know below via our interactive maps where you think the high pedestrian areas are for Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Te Kauwhata. Or, if you would prefer, you can give us feedback using the online submission form.

High pedestrian areas must be identified in areas that are in a medium and high seismic risk zone.

Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Te Kauwhata are in the medium seismic risk zone. Other parts of the district are in the low seismic risk zone. No part of the district is in the high seismic risk zone.

For a building to be categorised as a priority building is must contain unreinforced masonry.

All priority buildings must be identified, assessed and remediated in half the amount of time allowed for than other earthquake-prone buildings, to reduce the risk to public safety. This means owners of priority buildings must strengthen or demolish earthquake-prone priority buildings within 12.5 years from the date the earthquake-prone building notice is issue

Earthquake prone building regulations do not apply to standard residential dwellings.

The Act requires community assistance to help determine ‘high pedestrian traffic areas’ so we are asking for feedback. We believe the streets we have identified have the highest volume of foot traffic and cars, but we want to hear from you.

Submissions close 5pm 13 May 2022

Have your say!

If you would prefer to tell us what you think using our online form, click here.