Like a ton of bricks

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Front Page -

The im­pact of changes to earth­quake-prone build­ing laws are set to come down hard on the Manawatu¯ and Ran­git¯ıkei re­gions, as coun­cils and land­lords in the high-risk ar­eas face dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions over the fu­ture of our build­ings. Can our com­mu­ni­ties af­ford the hefty price tag to strengthen build­ings or will they be de­mol­ished and our towns’ iden­ti­ties changed for­ever? In this spe­cial edi­tion of the Feild­ing-Ran­git¯ıkei Her­ald, our team in­ves­ti­gates the tough re­al­ity ahead for our com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘What this will mean to the com­mu­nity is a se­vere and sud­den loss of her­itage as their fa­mil­iar old build­ings go or de­cay one af­ter the other’’ Steven Quinn, Mar­ton build­ing owner ‘‘We’d be naive to say it’s go­ing to stay as it is. But we have the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate the her­itage of the fu­ture.’’ He­len Wor­boys, Manawatu¯ mayor ‘‘The builders in town say there is just no way we can ac­tu­ally do it. It’s just not phys­i­cally pos­si­ble.’’ David Wise­man, Feild­ing Ho­tel owner

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