FROM THE EDI­TOR

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Your Local News -

We’ve made our fi­nal edi­tion for the year a spe­cial one by fo­cus­ing on a se­ri­ous chal­lenge fac­ing our re­gion - earth­quake-prone build­ings.

Manawatu¯ and Ran­gitı¯kei re­gions have been marked down as high-risk zones with the huge num­ber of build­ings fit­ting the cat­e­gories of those that could cause se­ri­ous harm in the event of an earth­quake.

While safety is para­mount for our res­i­dents, and we should re­spect the learn­ings from the dev­as­tat­ing earth­quakes in Christchurch, what will this mean for our econ­omy, iden­tity and com­mu­nity?

It’s likely our small towns can not af­ford to strengthen these build­ings and we may have very dif­fer­ent-look­ing towns in fu­ture. The her­itage-style build­ings make our towns what they are and if those are de­mol­ished or re­placed, what are we left with?

Make sure you visit stuff.co.nz to check out the in­cred­i­ble video footage put to­gether for this se­ries.

We wish you all the best for a won­der­ful fes­tive sea­son and we’ll be back again on Jan­uary 18 for what will, no doubt, be a won­der­ful 2018. - Lisa Hous­ton

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